Medical Office Coding – AMOA 207

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course trains students in medical procedural and diagnostic coding skills. Emphasis is placed upon the utilization of coding manuals for insurance claim processing.

Prerequisites

HLTH 211, HLTH 212, and NURS 105

 

Rationale

The student will learn the different components of a Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) book as well as CPT codes. The basics of International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), coding and how to locate information in the coding book will be covered.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Contrast the difference between the codes used for billing and diagnoses.
  2. Describe what information is available in what chapters of the CPT, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding books.
  3. Demonstrate the proper use of modifiers.
  4. Discuss how the proper use of codes will generate a higher return.
  5. Discuss ethical coding through integration of a Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 100 words, integrate at least 1 Biblical principle, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 50 words. Current APA formatting must be used to cite all sources, and must include in-text citations and a corresponding formatted reference list.

Chapter Exercises (31)

The student will complete selected chapter exercises embedded within the reading assignments using the course textbook and EncoderPro medical coding software to gradually assess understanding of concepts.

Case Study Questions (3)

The student will complete selected case study questions using the course textbook and EncoderPro medical coding software to demonstrate ability to understand longer scenarios and assign proper codes from different code sets.

End of Chapter Review Questions (4)

The student will complete selected end of chapter review questions using the course textbook and EncoderPro medical coding software to demonstrate ability to understand, recall, and explain information covered in the reading.

Coding Practices (5)

The student will complete selected coding practices using the course textbook and EncoderPro medical coding software to apply coding knowledge to short diagnosis statements.

Capstone Activites (4)

The student will complete selected capstone medical coding trainer activities using the course textbook and EncoderPro medical coding software to measure accuracy and speed of coding real-world patient records.

Coding Paper

The student will write a 4 – 5 page, research-based paper exploring the consequences of inaccurate coding. The paper must address the impact of improper coding on patients, healthcare providers, and public health information. Finally, the paper must discuss how having a Biblical worldview influences professional work ethic. The assignment must include a title page, at least 4 - 5 pages of content with properly formatted in-text citations for references used, and a reference page citing at least 3 scholarly sources. The assignment must be in current APA format, but no abstract is required.