AHM 242 - Virtual Professional Practice Experience Capstone Course

Course Description

This course is designed to have students apply knowledge and skills from their Medical Coding and Billing classes in a comprehensive hands-on experiential learning setting. Through this AHIMA Virtual Practicum, students will have the opportunity to use various software application programs including ATHENS Electronic Health Records software, Quadra Med Encoder Software, McKesson Horizon Master Patient Index Software and 3M Coding and Reimbursement Software. Various experts in the field will lecture on their specific subject areas. This course will also provide students with an opportunity to create a portfolio which will demonstrate employment skills to future employers.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to use computer applications and technology related to Medical Billing and Coding. (NC)
Analyze, interpret and evaluate data in the medical record to determine correct clinical documentation to support codes used. (NC)
Abstract data from electronic medical records and code these records with appropriate ICD-9, CPT-4 and HCPCS codes and coding from source documents. (R)
Interpret and evaluate data in the electronic medical record while searching for deficiencies in demographic and/or insurance information. (NC)
Enter patient registrations and insurance information into a patient management system. (NC)
Create new patients in the system and enter clinical and administrative data. (NC)
Describe how compliance standards correlate with medical records and documentation guidelines. (NC)
Evaluate various specialties of coding and compare and contrast the different specialties. (NC)
Create a portfolio to demonstrate professional skills to enhance marketability for employment. (NC)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 4

Course Prerequisites: Prereq: AHM 230, AHM 231 and AHM 232, AHM 240 and AHM 241