Medical records

Coding Specialist/ Physician-Based Certificate (Online format)

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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.

This program offers the knowledge and skills to sit for both the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Office – CCS-P (AHIMA) and/or the Certified Coding Specialist- CCS (AHIMA) American Health Information Management Association and meets the education eligibility requirements as outlined by that association.

 

 

Required Coursework

ALH 111 Diagnostic Coding* 3 credits
ALH 205 Pharmacology* 3 credits
ALH 210 Procedural Coding* 3 credits
ALH 218 Medical Terminology* 3 credits
ALH 222 Disease Conditions* 3 credits
ALH 240 Insurance Claims Processing* 3 credits
ALH 250 Medical Law & Bioethics* 3 credits
ALH 280 Coding Specialist Practicum* 3 credits
BIO 101 Human Biology* 4 credits
OR
BIO 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I* 4 credits
AND
BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* 4 credits
BUS 111 Business/Technical Communications* 4 credits
Total: 32-36 credits
*Course has a prerequisite

 

  1. The student must achieve a “C” or 2.0 GPA in all curriculum courses.
  2. Qualifications for the practicum require that students have all course work completed and an overall 2.5 GPA or above.
  3. All instructors must recommend the student for practicum.
  4. The process of determining who will enter the program will be selective.

 

Winter 2014
Current as: 7/16/14

 

 

Employment Information

Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, employment of medical
records and health information
technicians is expected to increase
by 15 percent from 2014 to 2024,
much faster than the average for
all occupations. The demand for
health services is expected to
increase as the population ages and
should lead to an increased need for
technicians to organize and manage
the associated medical records.

Coding specialists compile, process and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients. They are familiar with coding systems and stay up-to-date on health care documentation.

Day-to-day responsibilities include reviewing patient records for accuracy and completeness, and tracking patient outcomes for quality, organization and maintenance of data for clinical databases and registries. Coding specialists are familiar with classification software and assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis.

Most health information technicians work in hospitals or physicians’ offices. The median annual wage for health information technicians was $37,110 in May 2015. The median annual wages for medical records and health information technicians in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Professional, scientific, and technical services $40,790
Hospitals; state, local, and private $39,570
Administrative and support services $36,630
Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities) $35,270
Offices of physicians $32,080

 


Credentialing

The Coding Specalist program offers the knowledge and skills to sit for both the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Office – CCS-P (AHIMA) and/or the Certified Coding Specialist – CCS (AHIMA) American Health Information Management Association and meets the education eligibility requirements as outlined by that association.

Is this for me?

Medical records are stored electronically so those choosing this profession will need to be comfortable with using software programs and working with different databases.

Patient health information is protected by law, and confidentiality is required of medical records and data security.


Coding Specialist Program

The Coding Specialist program trains students for work 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 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 coding system is included as part of the program.

 

 

Guided Pathway

 

  1. Register for admission to the college.
  2. Declare Medical Coding Specialist—Physician Based (CCS-P) Program interest (by filling out application and returning to Carol Naccarato).
  3. Meet Compass (or other course placement determined by the college) basic math and English criteria:
    1. ENG 063 – Reading for College or placement in BUS 111 – Contemporary Business/Technical Communications or higher on Compass test.
    2. ENG 073 – Essentials for College Writing or placement in BUS 111 – Contemporary Business/Tech Communications or higher on Compass test.
    3. Placement in MATH 055 – Basic Applied Math or higher on Compass test OR meet corresponding ACT/SAT scores.
  4. If course placement criteria not met, student may enroll in appropriate remedial course/s to bring skill level up to criteria.
  5. Complete course prerequisites: (minimum of a 2.5 GPA required – with no grade lower than 2.0)
    1. ALH 218 – Medical Terminology
    2. BIO 101 – Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology or BIO 210 & 211 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  6. SUGGESTED COURSE ROTATION: (minimum of a 2.5 GPA required at all times – with no grade lower than 2.0)
     

    SEMESTER ONE:

    1. ALH 250 – Medical Law & Bioethics
    2. ALH 111 – Diagnostic Coding
    3. BUS 111 – Contemporary Business/Technical Communications

     

    SEMESTER TWO:

    1. ALH 210 – Procedural Coding
    2. ALH 205 – Pharmacology for Allied Health

     

    SEMESTER THREE:

    1. ALH 240 – Insurance Claims Processing
    2. ALH 222 – Disease Conditions

     

    SEMESTER FOUR: (AN OVERALL GPA OF 2.5 MUST BE MET TO ENTER PRACTICUM – NO GRADE CAN BE LOWER THAN 2.0 – ALL PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS MUST RECOMMEND THE STUDENT FOR PRACTICUM PLACEMENT)

    1. Complete practicum preparations
    2. Complete ALH 280 – Coding Specialist—Physician Based Practicum
    3. Complete suggested preparations and review for CCS-P or CCS exam (online)
    4. Complete CC
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