3 Credits, 3 Contacts
The Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) serves a key role in the medical office, clinic or hospital setting. CCS-Ps are coding practitioners who specialize in physician-based settings such as physician offices, group practices, multi-specialty clinics, or specialty centers. They review patient records and possess in-depth knowledge of the CPT coding system and familiarity with the ICD-9-CM and HCPCS Level II coding systems. They are experts in health information documentation, data integrity, and quality and play a critical role in a health provider’s business operations for data submitted to insurance companies or the government for expense reimbursement. The new concepts in the ICD-10-CM system will be included.
Prerequisite: Student must have completed all of the curriculum in the Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) program with a minimum of 2.0 in each theory class
- The externship is to extend over a 15 week period.
- It is the student’s responsibility to negotiate a mutually acceptable work schedule with the agency.
- The student and externship supervisor will determine, with the supervisor at the work stations, the duties and requirements of the externship experience.
- At least 75% of your major coursework is completed, as determined by the externship supervisor, with an overall 2.5 GPA or above. Except in the Allied Health programs where 100% of coursework must be completed.
Procedure for Enrollment:
- An externship must be planned a semester in advance of registration and has the same drop/add deadline date as any other course beginning on the first day of the semester. Externship credit may not be granted on a retroactive basis.
- A student will need to meet with the externship supervisor to obtain approval and necessary forms.
- The student must complete an externship application, submit a resume and obtain 3 faculty recommendations from current or former instructors in your major area.
- Determine with the employer/supervisor a mutually acceptable work schedule, written objectives/duties of the job (signed by both student and employer/supervisor) and a start and finish date. You must turn in verification of hours worked and a completed student evaluation of the extern experience to the externship supervisor.
- After acceptance by the externship supervisor and the agency involved, and after returning to the externship supervisor the completed externship Learning Contract, a student may then officially register and begin the course.