Online Training Course

Prod ID: 107
Principles of Coding

This class is an essential coding primer with detailed instruction and workbook exercises to quickly improve coding proficiency and accuracy. It is a perfect precursor to the Certified Medical Coder (CMC)® and Certified Medical Insurance Specialist (CMIS)® programs.

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360 min



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This course provides a comprehensive look at the complete reimbursement process for physician services. Learn how to use the language of coding to properly document the patient encounter with detailed instruction and workbook exercises to quickly improve coding proficiency and accuracy.  Receive hundreds of professional tips and guidelines that will make you a more efficient, versatile, and accurate coder. Maximize productivity when you learn to use your coding books more effectively.


  • What payers want and why
  • What documentation is and why it is so important to the coder
  • The role of each coding language and how they fit together
  • How to use the CPT® & ICD-10-CM code books
  • Coding tools to improve efficiency
  • How to properly select E/M services
  • The seven components used in defining the levels of E/M services
  • Proper documentation of history
  • Four types of history
  • How to read a source document
  • When to use E/M services based on 4 types of examination
  • How to locate a code from the index
  • When and when not to use a modifier
  • Definition of a new patient
  • When to use '95 vs. '97 guidelines
  • Using documentation to record the complexity of medical decision making
  • Benefits of basic medical terminology knowledge
  • Reporting additional medical services and supplies not covered under Level I CPT codes
  • Annual cross-checking process for newly released codes
  • Major rules of coding that apply to all coders regardless of specialty
  • Steps for coding unlisted procedures
  • Thorough understanding of documentation guidelines is essential

Pam Joslin


Pam has more than 20 years of medical practice management, coding, reimbursement and compliance experience. She has managed in medical practices ranging from single to multi-specialty groups, including ASC. She is an advocate of process improvement and maximizing and empowering your employees to bring about the "best practice" results for your organization. She received her Master's in Management from University of Phoenix. She maintains memberships in professional organizations to support her continuing cycle of learning in the ever-changing healthcare industry. Prior to joining the PMI Instructor team she was an Adjunct Instructor and served on three advisory boards at a community college in San Antonio.

This a basic-level course for those seeking well-rounded knowledge of coding for physician services. Self-provided, current year coding books are required: CPT® and ICD-10-CM.

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