Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

AHM 130 - Medical Coding Concepts for Allied Health

Course Description

This course, for non-coding majors, is designed to teach students general principles of ICD-9-CM (International Classification of Disease) And CPT-4 (Current Procedural Terminology) coding. Students will learn to translate medical terminology and descriptions into code numbers. In this course will focus on coding for both inpatient and outpatient procedures and diagnoses. Emphasis will be placed on accuracy of coding in a variety of settings.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Identify and explain the organization of both the ICD-CM manual and CPT-4 manual.
Transform descriptions of diagnostic terms and symptoms into correct ICD-CM codes.
Transform outpatient procedures for laboratory (pathology), diagnostic testing and outpatient surgical procedures into valid CPT-4 codes.
Follow rules and guidelines for selecting the current ICD-CM and CPT-4 codes.
Use correct codes relating to health conditions and factors from the ICD-CM manual.
Identify and use the HCPCS (Health Common Procedural Coding System) for Medicare patients.
Describe the DRG system and why it is of importance.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: or coreq AHM 233