Online Training Course

Prod ID: 146
PMI Basics: Introduction to Medical Coding

Participate in this comprehensive introduction to ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS Level II coding systems. Explore essential coding concepts that directly affect reimbursement for healthcare services provided in an outpatient setting.





180 min



Medical coders are responsible for selecting codes for correct reimbursement for services rendered. Learn the language of medicine in this introduction to ICD-10-CM, CPT®, and HCPCS Level II coding systems. Participants will explore essential coding concepts and receive an overview of the coding audit process.

Recorded on June 20 and 27, 2017

Tom Stevens


Tom has more than 20 years of experience in medical practice management, coding, revenue recovery, compliance, and regulatory changes. He also has a long history teaching proper coding guidelines to both clinical and non-clinical staff. He has served as a consultant and coding analyst where he has facilitated proper documentation flow and been responsible for medical record compliance. He has hired, trained, and supervised coders for a variety of specialties including cardiology, pulmonology, nephrology, psychiatry, family practice, oncology and neurology. His in-depth experience has helped the medical practices with which he has been associated increase their overall profitability and improve documentation, coding, billing and collection protocols and accuracy.

Tom's warm and enthusiastic teaching style exhibits his genuine desire to engage his audience as he shares best practices from his collective experience and that of the PMI faculty. The ever-evolving face of medicine and the requirements placed on medical practices mandates that medical professionals up their game in acquiring and updating knowledge and strategies for effective medical practice management. Tom is a master at helping you do this.

This course is relevant for medical office professionals seeking baseline knowledge of accurate coding and billing in an outpatient healthcare setting.

Who Should Attend:

  • Those interested in pursuing a career as a medical coder
  • Novice outpatient coders
  • Managers, clinical and administrative staff seeking an overall understanding of the coder's role and responsibilities in the healthcare setting.


  • Overview of the coding process
  • The role of the medical outpatient coder
  • Required training, skills, and abilities: analytical, clinical language, adherence to guidelines
  • Ethics, professionalism, and responsibilities
  • ICD-10-CM, CPT® and HCPCS coding references - what they are and how to use them
  • Explore symbols, punctuation, and abbreviations
  • Explanation of add-on codes, modifiers, bundling and unbundling
  • Coding to the highest degree of specificity
  • Accurate translation of documentation that supports proper code selection
  • Beyond the basics: the importance of certification and those that are recognized examples by CMS
  • Overview of coding audit principles: When, Why, Where and How

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