AHM 230 - Introduction to ICD-9-CM Coding Principles

Course Description

The International Classification of Disease, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) coding system is a medical classification system used to describe diagnoses and operative (surgical and invasive) procedures. This course will teach the student the skills and knowledge necessary to determine the correct ICD-9-CM diagnosis code based on a thorough review of the medical documentation. Prospective payment rates based on diagnosis-related groups (DRG's) have been established as the basis of payment for Medicare and other insurers. Proper ICD-9 coding is crucial to the correct DRG assignment and thus reimbursement. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to: Understand the format, conventions and characteristics of ICD-9-CM coding. Apply general guidelines and chapter specific guidelines to correctly assign ICD-9-CM codes. Understand the application of Official Guidelines for coding and Reporting. Define the steps to diagnosis coding. Identify the major elements of the DRG system. Understand the code of ethics for coders.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: AHM 233, AHM 104, AHM 105