Medical Coding & Insurance Billing

Ñ AHMS 144 Medical Terminology
[formerly HLTH 150 Health Occupations Terminology I]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk) (F, Sp, Su)
Introduces the student to the specialized language of the medical profession and builds a background vocabulary in this area using a word-building system which provides a solid foundation for understanding medical terms.  Basic word-building concepts are taught with emphasis on spelling, pronunciation, and definitions.

Ñ AHMS 160 Beginning Procedural Coding
[formerly CODE 110 CPT-4 Procedure Coding]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Health Care Core prerequisites. (F, Sp)
Develops the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for students to correlate a numerical code to a handwritten or typed procedure description generated by clinical staff in the health care setting for insurance purposes utilizing the principles of Current Procedural Terminology 4th edition (CPT-4).  This course is required for the Medical Coding and Insurance Billing Certificate.

Ñ AHMS 162 Beginning Diagnosis Coding
[formerly CODE 120 ICD-9 Diagnosis Coding]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Health Care Core prerequisites. (F, Sp)
Develops the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a student to correlate a numerical code to a handwritten or typed diagnosis description generated by clinical staff in the health care setting for insurance purposes utilizing published ICD-CM. Also emphasizes the standards for accuracy in medical coding. This course is required for the Medical Coding and Insurance Billing Certificate.

Ñ AHMS 175 Medical Law and Ethics
[formerly HLTH 255 Medical Law and Ethics]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk) (Sp)
Addresses legal and ethical issues relevant to the healthcare field.  Students will learn the importance of a professional code of ethics and the consequences of illegal or unethical behavior in health care.  The course will also help the student distinguish among law, ethics, bioethics, etiquette, and protocol.

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Ñ AHMS 201 Essentials of Pathophysiology
3 cr. (3 lec/wk)
Provides beginning healthcare students with an understanding of common diseases, anomalies, treatments, and corrective procedures needed to analyze health care documentation including abstracting, coding, transcribing, auditing, and reimbursement.

AHMS 220 Medical Office Procedures
[formerly HLTH 251 Medical Office Procedures]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk) (F, Sp)
Emphasizes the standards for accuracy in health insurance claims processing and professional reporting which includes accurate claim form completion, an introduction to national coding requirements, medical ethics and legal responsibilities, and medical and insurance terminology.

Ñ AHMS 250 Advanced Medical Coding
[formerly CODE 150 Advanced Coding and Auditing]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite: Health Care Core prerequisites. (F, Sp)
Develops the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for students to correlate a numerical code to a handwritten or typed procedure description generated by clinical staff in the health care setting for insurance purposes utilizing the principles of CPT-4, ICD-CM, and HCPCS Coding. This course is required for the Medical Coding and Insurance Billing Certificate.

AHMS 255 Medical Transcription I
[formerly CTBU 153 Medical Transcription]
3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  TASK 202. (F)
Provides students with opportunities to transcribe taped medical reports from chapters organized by medical specialty.  Students are required to use medical references skillfully while improving their transcribing skills.  The taped material presents realistic report excerpts.

AHMS 299 Capstone Project
1 cr.
Evaluates and expands the student’s knowledge of medical coding, insurance billing, and individual professionalism through job shadowing with a local coder, completing a resume building session, and attending test preparation sessions with focus on the national coding exam.


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