Medical Coding Certificate
A Medical Coder is a vital member of a health care team who uses those detail skills to abstract patient information and combines it with cutting-edge knowledge of coding guidelines and reimbursement procedures to provide optimal physician/hospital payment. In this program, students will:
- Develop an understanding of medical coding as a data collection tool.
- Gain in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and medical terminology.
- Master medical coding—the instrumental force behind reimbursement for health care services.
- And as a graduate of this program, apply skills in proper CPT-4 and ICD-9 coding in various settings in the health care delivery system.
Graduates of this one-year certificate program, can work in:
- Physicians’ Offices
- Hospital Medical Records Departments
- Day Care Facilities
- Outpatient Clinics
- Home Health Agencies
- EMS Services
- Demonstrate entry level skills in coding with ICD-9-CM and CPT-4, and introduced to ICD-10..
- Describe the relationship between coding and reimbursement in health care.
- Perform appropriate billing and coding skills.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors in the work place including patient confidentiality and professional ethics.
- Demonstrate clear and effective oral and written communication skills, critical thinking, problem solving, and accountability measures within their scope of practice.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the United State’s Health Insurance Privacy and Accountability Act (HIPAA).