Medical Administrative Coder (160)
Information provided includes course descriptions by subject only.
For complete 2018-2019 programs/academic plans, please refer to Academic Programs.
160-103 Medical Transcription
This course provides the student with instruction using audio equipment and medically oriented materials. Emphasis is placed on developing the ability to use references to produce accurate, correctly formatted medical reports in an efficient manner, using correct spelling, punctuation, proofreading, and grammar. Medical report style and format are reviewed. The student will produce various medical and surgical reports representative of those typed in hospitals and clinics using a word processing program. Students should also have a strong background in grammar, punctuation, medical terminology, and medical document formatting.
160-105 Medical Editing and the Electronic Medical Record
The emphasis of this course is on the creation and editing of medically oriented documents. The AHDI Book of Style will be used during a module that will include an introduction to transcription. Analysis and summarization of medical records will be covered. Students will edit speech recognition files and learn to take meeting minutes through role playing scenarios. Work will be done to improve keyboard speed and accuracy through the use of timed writings.
160-109 Medical Office Administration
In this capstone course, second-year students demonstrate knowledge of skill learned in the Medical Administrative Coder program through the simulation, discussion, research, and teamwork. Units of instruction will also include career development, and professionalism in the health care setting. Students will create a resume package, develop interview skills through mock interview experiences, and create a professional portfolio.
160-113 Health Insurance
The student will gain knowledge and practical skill development in the health care insurance area. This course provides an introduction to health insurance including understanding private and governmental payers, specific health insurance terminology and its meaning, understanding the role of medical coding in the billing of third-party payers for services and procedures received by the patient, linking of codes on the claim form demonstrating medical necessity, privacy and HIPAA, and effectively using technology and resources for problem solving. Student will apply third-party payer (private and governmental) rules when completing CMS-1500 claim forms. The student will also be able to better understand his/her personal insurance coverage.
160-114 Healthcare Records Management
This course covers the systematic control of information in each phase of the record life cycle: creation, distribution, use, maintenance, and disposition. Topics will include systems of filing and storage (general and medical specific); organizing, managing, and controlling the system; potential careers; and trends in technology. Ethical/legal issues in the healthcare field will be addressed. Information on the EHR/EMR (electronic health record/electronic medical record) will also be covered. Simulations will provide hands-on experience with major filing classification systems in both paper and computer database (EHR) formats. Touch keyboarding and basic computers skills are necessary for this course.
160-118 Pharmacology for Medical Administrative Coder
Pharmacology for MAC (Medical Administrative Coder) will provide an introduction to the use of pharmacology terminology and context. Included is information on medication actions, dosage forms, routes of administration, and drug uses. Students will research and create presentations on the pathophysiology of the human body in conjunction with treatments used to combat various diseases and conditions. Emphasis is on the terminology necessary for medical reports used in transcription and coding.
160-120 Medical Terminology for Coding
This course provides a combination of the study of medical vocabulary and the application of that vocabulary in an office setting. Students will learn the pronunciation, spelling, definition, and correct usage of medical terms used in a variety of healthcare office applications, with an emphasis on terminology necessary for medical reports used in transcription and coding. Students will also learn how to divide medical words into their component parts: the root word, the suffix, the prefix, and the combining form.
160-124 Supervised Occupational Experience-Medical Office
In this course, students apply and interview for medical office internship placements. Once selected, the student will apply the knowledge and skills obtained in the classroom to the work environment.
160-136 Patient Billing and Reimbursement
This course emphasizes computerized patient billing procedures in the health-care environment utilizing practice management software and electronic health records. Reports and insurance forms are generated using microcomputer billing software for physician and hospital billing. The students will input patient information, charges, payments and appointments, charges, coding and diagnosis code linkage, claims management, processing payments, and collections. Correct use of telephone skills and being sensitive to confidentiality will be covered. Students will continue to build upon previous medical insurance knowledge by researching healthcare trends.
160-185 Medical Microsoft Office Suites
Students will learn to use word processing software to create, format, and edit medical documents. Course includes the development of proofreading skills for identifying and correcting punctuation, grammar, spelling, and usage errors. Work will also be done to improve speed and accuracy through the use of timed writings.