Medical coding is the process of assigning universal medical code numbers to descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures.
Coding health-related data permits access to health records according to diagnoses and procedures for use in clinical care, research, and education. Common uses of medical codes in healthcare include:
- identifying symptoms that must be evaluated and to alert other healthcare professionals to life-threatening allergies.
- reporting services performed for reimbursement.
- helping with administrative functions such as staffing, scheduling, and adding or decreasing healthcare services.
- comparing facilities and planning for new services in underserved areas.
The Medical Coding Certificate program focuses on pathophysiology, pharmacology, coding, medical reimbursement, and basic concepts of health information.
As a student in the program, you complete 28 credit hours of course work. You take courses and labs covering healthcare information requirements and standards, medical science for health information, ICD-10-CM coding, CPT coding, the release of patient information, and healthcare reimbursement systems. You also spend time working in a professional practice.
Upon successful completion of the certificate program, you are eligible to seek the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Cost for Indiana Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $275.17
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $825.51
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $957.58
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $2872.74
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