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AHIMA Coding Basics

Healthcare Delivery Systems

This course provides perspectives on healthcare delivery—past, present, and future. It also addresses the impact of healthcare issues in healthcare delivery including the determinants of health to include insurance costs; applications for health professions; and the need of comprehensive planning and its impact on the future. This course will encourage the formulation and evaluation of potential solutions to some of the most urgent healthcare delivery issues facing the U.S. today.

Healthcare Data Content and Structures

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the basic concepts surrounding health records and introduce them to the evolving profession of Health Information Management. It explores the uses and formats of health information and provides examples to illustrate the use of the health record as the basis for clinical code selection and reporting.

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

This course provides an introductory examination of pharmacology and pathophysiology as it relates to specific diseases and the treatment of each. It focuses on the processes that occur within various diseases and takes into account different perspectives and emphasizing the application of pharmacology practices. It also highlights interrelated components that further the understanding of pharmacology and pathophysiology; the identification of diseases by their descriptions; the fundamental principles and methodology of pharmacological treatment; and the assessment of physiologic diseases and healing.

Computer Basics in Health Care

Computers directly impact the healthcare industry as a whole, whether it be data exchanged within an organization or a network that crosses geographic boundaries. Health information management (HIM) professionals play an important role in facilitating the ease of data entry, use, analysis, and maintenance in all levels of computer systems and networks in healthcare organizations.

Basic ICD Coding, Part I

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the basic principles of the ICD-10-CM Coding and Classification System, including the sequencing of codes and the impact on reimbursement.

Basic CPT Coding, Part I

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the basic principles of CPT® coding and classification systems, the sequencing of codes and impact on reimbursement, as well as the ability to distinguish between CPT basic coding and HCPCS Level II codes. The student will practice assigning codes for procedures in this course.

Basic ICD Coding, Part II

This course concentrates on coding and reimbursement related to inpatient records.

Intermediate Coding

The purpose of this course is to give students practice applying the official coding guidelines to complex documentation. Students will assign both diagnosis and procedure codes to case studies, focusing on correct code assignment and sequencing while ensuring the UHDDS guidelines and official guidelines are followed.

Reimbursement Methodology

This course will explore the prospective payment systems that are used by the U.S. government, as well as other key healthcare organizations. Each system will be analyzed as it can ultimately compromise a patients' source of payment for healthcare services. The course gives an introductory look at the history of healthcare reimbursement and the types of methodologies it encompasses. It also seeks as preparation for employment in the reimbursement system setting, as well as a position as a professional coder.

Professional Coding Practice

The purpose of this course is to provide additional practice in applying the coding knowledge and skills acquired in all your previous Coding Basics courses. This practice is designed to simulate real-life coding scenarios.