Interested in Becoming a Medical Coder?
ICD-10 is the Future
Coding for Healthcare Professionals offers self-paced coding courses designed for experienced healthcare professionals, especially medical transcriptionists, but also nurses and others who have a strong background in
- anatomy and physiology
- laboratory and other diagnostic procedures
- disease processes
- the healthcare record’s content and organization
- medicolegal aspects of the healthcare record
Expanding the Coding Workforce
To learn about the potential for medical transcriptionists to transition to coding, view Expanding the Coding WorkForce, a presentation by Claudia Tessier RHIA MEd at AHIMA’s 2014 Clinical Coding Community Meeting.
- ICD-10-CM/PCS (6-month course)
- This course addresses diagnostic and procedural coding in ICD-10-CM/PCS. ICD-10-CM/PCS, which is far more thorough and detailed than ICD-9-CM, enhances accurate payment for services rendered and helps evaluate medical processes and outcomes and thus promote improved quality of care.
- CPT/HCPCS (4-month course)
- This course addresses procedural coding and reimbursement for physician services.
- A&P/Disease Processes (3-month course)
- This is an intensive review of anatomy and physiology plus disease processes. It is recommended, but not required, before enrolling in ICD-10-CM/PCS. A testing-out option is also available. Strong knowledge of A&P and Disease Processes (including treatment, testing, and procedures) is of benefit in coding, in particular in regards to ICD-10-CM/PCS. There is also a test-out option for this course.
- ICD-9-CM (4-month course)
- Although ICD-10-CM/PCS has replaced ICD-9-CM, some providers are doing dual coding in order to compare case mix and reimbursement between the two systems. Thus, we are continuing to offer training in ICD-9-CM.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Enroll
Special introductory offer: 3 months for $99
Not sure you want to learn coding? Don’t want to make a huge commitment?
For just $99, you can enroll in Coding for Healthcare Professionals‘ online ICD-10-CM/PCS course for 3 months. If you decide to continue, the fee is just $50/month.
Contact us at email@example.com if interested.
Equipment and Materials Needed
- Desktop or laptop computer with high-speed Internet access and email.
- Students must purchase specified coding books and textbooks.
- Note: Students should not purchase books for any module without consulting their advisor to confirm the currently required editions of the books. At present, texts by course are as follows.
- ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook 2016 by Nelly Leon-Chisen RHIA, AHA Press, without answers (ISBN: 978-1-55648-415-5)
- Optum ICD-10-CM 2016 Expert for Hospitals, ISBN #: 9781622540402
- Optum ICD-10-PCS 2016 Expert for Hospitals, ISBN #: 9781622540204
The introductory course can also be applied to our other courses, with materials required as follows. Contact us if interested.
- AMA’s Current Procedural Terminology, Professional Edition 2015 (CPT)
- Health Care Procedure Coding System, National Level II Medicare Codes (HCPCS)
- Kuehn’s Procedural Coding and Reimbursement for Physician Services, AHIMA, 2015 Edition
Anatomy and Physiology
- Memmler’s The Human Body in Health and Disease, 12th Edition, plus online resources available from the publisher after purchase of textbook, which includes a CD. ISBN-13: 978-1-60913-905-6, ISBN-10: 1-60913-905-4.
- OPTUM ICD-9-CM Professional for Hospitals Volumes 1, 2 & 3- 2013 edition (ISBN: 978-1601516213)
- Faye Brown’s ICD-9-CM Coding Handbook 2012 (ISBN: 978-1556483813)
Note: Costs of the above books vary, depending on source. We suggest you check directly with publishers, for example the AHA for the ICD-9 and ICD-10 textbooks, as well as with Amazon.com and other sources. Sometimes used copies are available, but avoid those that have been marked up by the previous user. Also, be sure to confirm editions and ISBN numbers with your advisor before purchasing them.
These are online, self-paced courses, so students start at different times and proceed at their own pace. We encourage students to commit 20 to 25 hours per week to the program, although some may need more or less time per week in order to complete the courses in the specified times.
Because this is an online, self-paced program, there are no instructors in the traditional sense. Rather, each student is assigned an advisor to be consulted regarding the program, course materials, and assessment instruments, as well as performance and career opportunities.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.