Medical Coding Certificate (NOW FULLY ONLINE)
The Medical Coding Certificate Program, which is offered partially online and partially at the SHP's Newark Campus is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to classify medical data from inpatient, outpatient and physician office records. Changes in reimbursement methods and an increased demand to report coded data to insurance companies has made coding a skill in high demand in all health care settings. Coded data is also critical to medical research, medical and allied health education as well as planning and monitoring public health. The current shortage of qualified coders has resulted in many perks on the job that may including flexible hours, sign on bonuses, and the potential to work from home. In addition consulting and travel opportunities are abundant.
The AHIMA Foundation chair elect, Torrey Barnhouse spoke with CNBC for its series "Where the Jobs Are." The report outlines the need for coders with the October 205 switch to the ICD-10 code set. Read the report HERE
source: AHIMA -Alert 10/09/2014
Program Goals and Objectives
* To prepare competent coding professionals for employment in all types of health care facilities
* To prepare students to meet the needs of the industry which has a workforce shortage in this area of expertise.
* To educate students in the content areas essential for attaining the credential of Certified Coding Specialist or Certified Coding Associate offered by AHIMA.
* To provide a specialty certification for students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program
At the conclusion of the program the student will be able to:
Evaluate medical documentation to determine codable diagnoses and procedures in accordance with established coding guidelines.
Apply appropriate codes from ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, ICD-9-CM, and CPT-4 coding schemes to various health encounter scenarios in medical documents using coding manuals and encoder software.
Evaluate reimbursement methodologies for correctness of assignment.
Perform analysis of reimbursement methodologies through case mix analysis.
Audit coded data to determine accurancy and correct deficiencies.
This certificate is comprised of 21 credits in foundation and medical coding courses. A list of requried courses can be viewed HERE
Qualifications for admission:
Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED certificate and be computer literate as many courses in the program are taught online.
Applicants must have completed Anatomy and Physiology I & II with a grade of C or better prior to the start of program courses. Upon entry into the program, students will study disease pathology and the format and content of health records. Students completing this program will possess an in-depth knowledge of the ICD-9-CM, ICD-10 and CPT coding systems as well as reimbursement systems used in the United States.
The program faculty have extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient coding. This provides valuable practical knowledge for the classroom setting.
Students who complete the coding certificate courses often continue on toward a bachelor of science in Health Information Management. All courses in the certificate program count toward the BS HIM degree. To see more information on the bachelor's degree click HERE
For information on Applying and Registering click HERE