Professional Medical Coder Program

The Professional Medical Coding Program was established in 2011. Professional Medical Coders have proven by rigorous examination and experience that they know how to accurately code and audit physician’s charts. The residential program entails 120 hours of class instructional time over a 12-13 week period. Graduates who successfully pass the curriculum receive a certificate of completion and the opportunity for licensure.

 

    Objectives of the program are to:

  • Establish a foundational knowledge in anatomy and physiology for ICD10 coding; acquire learned knwoledge of HIPPA, OSHA and HITECH compliance, regulations and laws.
  • Establish a foundational knowledge of mastery skills for inpatient and outpatient medical coding, enabling the student to pass the professional coding licensure exam should they choose to take it.
  • Establish a foundational knowledge of professional skill sets needed to enter the work force as a professional biller, coder or medical office manager to name a few positons.
Course Curriculum, Schedule, & Descriptions

Professional Medical Coder Program

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The Professional Medical Coder Program was established in 2011. Professional Medical Coders have proven by rigorous examination and experience that they know how to accurately code and audit physician’s charts. The residential program entails 120 hours of class instructional time over a 12-13 week period. Graduates who successfully pass the curriculum receive a certificate of completion.

The goal of the Professional Medical Coder Program is to provide training so that those employed in the field will have the opportunity to obtain their certification and remain current with federal and state regulations and annual mandates.  Employers are requiring their staff to seek additional training to be compliant.

Objectives of the program are to:

v  Teach courses in anatomy, physiology, communications, medical law and ethics, and web based resources, confidentiality through HIPAA compliance, HITECH regulations and ethical and professional behavior.

v  Prepare a knowledgeable and skillful future healthcare employee with technical skills and work habits essential to perform effectively and efficiently in various healthcare related fields – medical billing specialist and medical office manager to name a few.

v  Prepare for regulations such as HIPAA, compliance and OIG (Office of Inspector General) work plan and have them grasp the concept of the ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Disease, Tenth Revision, and Clinical Modification).

v  Train students to master the art of system coding designed for the urinary, reproductive, and eye and ocular adnexa and auditory systems including evaluation and management, anesthesia, radiology, pathology and laboratory.

Medical Coders, generally made up of professionals employed in the allied health field are now required to meet the HITECH Act of 2010 mandates and the Hawaii State Commerce and Fair Trade Bill which states that all medical coders are required to be certified. Classes are taught at the school held on three (3) evenings during the week day.

Upon completion a student will be eligible to sit for the AAPC’s (American Academy of Professional Coders) CPC with two years documented related experience, or the CPC-A (apprentice) certification examinations. Students may elect to apply for AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) CCS-A.

AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) provided a 2010 survey (see www.aapc.com for the survey results) that summarized the demand in Hawaii is high, and compared to the national average salary, Hawaii coders are among one of the highest paid.

 

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

It is important that our students be trained properly so that they are certified and are able to work in their career as a Professional Medical Coder. Some of the subjects for Professional Medical Coder competencies are, but not limited to, the following:

v  Identify and classify neoplasms. Define the various diseases related to the various systems such as blood and blood forming organs, nervous and sense organs, circulatory, respiratory, digestive and metabolic. Recognize mental, endocrine, nutritional and immunity disorders.

v  Define anatomy and physiology, and explain how they are related. Describe each level of organization of the body with references to an example. Define diagnostic and procedural terms. Associate diseases with each system of the body. Understand the key components of part one of the systems.

v  Recognize common eponyms and acronyms for each in this section. Identify when other sections of CPT or ICD-10-CM should be assessed. Understand procedures and surgeries as they relate to the systems.

v  Know when HCSPCS Level I codes or modifiers are appropriate for these systems. Define Key terms. Understand the key components of part one of the systems. Recognize common eponyms and acronyms for each in this section.

v  Identify when other sections of CPT or ICD-10-CM should be assessed. Understand procedures and surgeries as they relate to the systems. Know when HCSPCS Level I codes or modifiers are appropriate for these systems. Review the layout of the ICD-10-CM. Understand conventions and master the “code look-up” process. Discuss Official ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines.

 

Class Schedule

Course # Course Clock Hours Credit Hours Theory Lab Intern Extern
MTP100 Medical Terminology for PMC 12 4 8
APP100 Anatomy & Physiology 20 12 8
MCB200 Medical Coding Basics 16 10 6
AMC250  Advanced Medical Coding 24 12 12
MCS300 Coding for Systems I 24 12 12
MCS310 Coding for Systems II 24 12 12
Total Clock/Credit Hours: 120

Professional Medical Coder Program Course Descriptions

AMC250 Advanced Medical Coding

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 70% of the approved Medical Basics Course curriculum.

This advanced course involves an in-depth understanding of various components in regards to diseases, neoplasms and mental disorders. Students will be able to apply all concepts of basic coding with an advanced application to specific diagnoses.  

APP100 Anatomy & Physiology for Professional Medical Coding

Prerequisite:  None.

This course is specifically designed to assist the student to be familiar with basic anatomical terms used to describe the relative positions of the body parts, the regions of the body and the planes intended for medical coding. Students will also become aware of the function of the body and how the body works to carry out their life-sustaining activities.

MCS300 Medical Coding for Systems I

Prerequisite: Medical Basics Course, Advanced Medical Coding Course

This course focuses on coding for the body systems – part of one of a two part series.  Students will learn to master the art of system coding designed for the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive and the endocrine systems.

MCS310 Medical Coding for Systems II

Prerequisite:  Medical Basics Course, Advanced Medical Coding Course, Medical Coding Systems I

This course focuses on coding for the body systems – part two of a two part series.  Students will learn to master the art of system coding designed for the urinary, reproductive and eye and ocular adnexa and auditory systems including evaluation and management, anesthesia, radiology, pathology and laboratory.

MTP100 Medical Terminology for Professional Medical Coding

Prerequisite:  None

This course is specifically designed to assist the student to be familiar with medical terms that are commonly used in the medical coding profession. It offers the basic rules of medical word building by identifying major prefixes, roots and suffixes as well as how to create compound words. Students will also become familiar to the anatomical positions and directional terms.

MCB200 Professional Medical Coding Basics

Prerequisite: None

This course includes an introduction to coding in regards to regulations such as HIPAA compliance and the OIG work plan. Students will grasp the concept of the ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Disease, Ninth Revision and Clinical Modification) as well as V and E codes. 

 

Professional Medical Coder Program Academic Calendar__

2016-2017 Sessions Mini Breaks Holidays

Winter Session :
January 3rd – March 28th

 March 29 – April 3rd January 2nd – New Years Day (Observed)
February 20th – President’s Day
March 27th – Prince Kuhio Day

Spring Session :
April 4th – June 27th

 June 28th – July 11th May 30th – Memorial Day

June 10th – King Kamehameha Day

Summer Session :
July 11th – October 3rd

 October 4th – October 10th August 19th – Statehood Day
September 5th – Labor Day

Fall Session:
October 10th – January 9th (2018)

 January 10th – January 15 November 24-25 – Thanksgiving
December 25th – Christmas Day
January 1st – New Years Day
Course Tuition

Tuition & Fees

The cost for the program includes required textbooks, workbooks, resource books and registration fees. While the program has been approved by the school’s accrediting agency (ABHES), it is NOT a program that is eligible for federal financial aid.

The standard tuition and fees for the Professional Medical Coder program is $3,950.00.

This is comprised of the school’s tuition and a variety of fees, as well as the assessment of the Hawaii State General Excise Tax. These are described below with a compilation of all costs listed at the end.

Tuition: $2,760.00 for the entire program. This is comprised as follows:

 

COURSE TUITION
Advanced Medical Coding 552.00
Anatomy & Physiology for PMC 460.00
Professional Medical Coding Basics 368.00
Medical Coding for Systems I 552.00
Medical Coding for Systems II 552.00
Medical Terminology for PMC 276.00
TOTAL $2,760.00

 

Resource Materials: $1,059.95 for the entire program. Resource books include coding manuals.

Recapping The Tuition & Fees For The Professional Medical Coder Program

 

                                           Tuition                                                            $2,760.00

                                                          Resource Materials                        $1,059.95

                                                          General Excise Tax                         $   130.05

                                                          Total Charges                                    $3,950.00