Learn to identify the main term and select the medical, surgical, and/or diagnostic procedure or service that accurately describes what is supported by the documentation in the medical record.
Medical coders must be able to use the CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) manual correctly and ensure the 5 digit code(s) selected matches supporting documentation and understand the guidelines that health insurance carriers expect healthcare providers to follow when billing for services rendered.
Each major section of CPT has its own set of rules, notes, and instructions. Coders must comprehend these in order to code properly. Understand Current Procedural Terminology coding language including terms like add-on code, fragmenting, bundling and unbundling. Learn to pay attention to symbols and notes, read section guidelines, and append the proper modifier when needed.
MS, CMC, CMIS, CHI, CMAA, CBCS, CEHRS
Sharon Turner is an enthusiastic educator who has taught allied healthcare courses at Brookhaven, Collin, and Vista Colleges. She has received awards and recognition for outstanding achievement in teaching, leadership and community involvement. She is effective in developing lesson plans, providing quality instruction, and promoting a positive learning environment for her students.
She also has more than 12 years of experience as a Certified Medical Coder for OB/GYN, Anesthesia, Family Practice Medicine, Dermatology, Vein and Vascular, and Orthopedics Surgery specialties. She helped implement a new EHR system and successfully increased first pass on clean claims paid by 88 percent within 90 days of implementation.
Sharon is a doctorate student at Abilene Christian University majoring in Organizational Leadership in Adult Education. She has a Master of Science and a bachelor’s degree in Workplace Learning Performance in Applied Technologies from UNT. She currently serves on the Digital Faculty Consultant team at McGraw-Hill Education.
This course is designed for novice outpatient coders. Managers, clinical and administrative staff seeking an overall understanding of the coder's role and responsibilities in the healthcare setting will also benefit, as well as experienced coders seeking a refresher on procedural coding.
This is a basic-level course. Content assumes an awareness of the role of medical coding in relation to outpatient provider reimbursement. Participants will need a self-supplied, current CPT code set manual to complete the hands on coding exercises included in this course.
Course includes downloadable digital materials with hands on practice exercises.
Self-paced online program includes unlimited review of recorded lectures and access to downloadable digital companion materials for 6 months.