Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

AHM 232 - Advanced CPT Coding

Course Description

This course is designed for students who plan to work in the variety of healthcare facilities in departments including medical records, medical coding, medical billing, or other reimbursement and documentation departments. It is intended to provide additional in depth study of coding principles, clinical topics, and case studies to increase knowledge and skills in CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) coding. The use of CMS Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS) is also addressed. Extensive coding of case studies from various medical specialties will be completed in this course.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Code accurately a medical or surgical operative report, physician office visit (Evaluation and Management) or outpatient procedural case study.
Recognize the economic and ethical implications of coding assignment on reimbursement, and how these are impacted by reimbursement systems such as APC's (Ambulatory Payment Classifications, ASC's (Ambulatory Surgery Center) and RBRVS (Resource Based Relative Value Scale).
Determine if coded data is of optimal quality and evaluate if coded cases require a single code or multiple codes (both CPT and HCPCS codes) as well as analyze sequencing of these codes.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: AHM 231