The Medical Claims Coding Associate certificate of completion builds on the Medical Office Essentials credit diploma and addresses specialized skills in medical coding and reimbursement, including advanced techniques in medical insurance, reimbursement methodologies, basic health information management, electronic health records and basic and advanced coding, emphasizing CPT/HCPCS and ICD coding. The coding courses prepare students for a national coding exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC). The courses for the Medical Office Essentials credit diploma are embedded in the Medical Claims Coding Associate certificate.
Once students have completed the Medical Claims Coding Associate certificate, they may take additional specialized courses in coding and health information technology and management to complete the AAS in Health Information Technology and Management.
Contact information is available on the Health Information Technology and Management program website.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate proficiency required for a medical office environment to ensure appropriate reimbursement in a variety of health care settings.
- Apply the guidelines for effective coding to ethically maximize the reimbursement levels in a health care environment.
- Assign appropriate CPT/HCPCS and ICD-10-CM/PCS codes based on analysis of the documentation provided in the medical record.
- Develop an effective revenue cycle system to be used in the medical office to include effective reimbursement methods, coding and analysis of the systems and how they work.
- Conduct an analysis of both paper and electronic health records to assure that the documentation supports the diagnosis and procedure codes used for proper reimbursement.
Map your individual academic plan of courses with your College Advisor.
If students choose to transition to another program within the Health Sciences & Wellness pathway, they should be particularly aware of the choice points that indicate when a decision to branch off into another program must be made to ensure credits and time are not lost.
Coursework common to all degrees within this pathway is indicated by CAC, Common Academic Coursework, in the program map.