Coding professionals abstract clinical data from health records and assign appropriate medical codes. These codes are used for classification, reimbursement, planning, and research. Comprehensive training for inpatient and outpatient coding is provided in the AHIMA Coding Basics course collection.
Coding competencies covered in the Coding Basics collection:
Coding Basics provides learners with a collection of courses hand selected by AHIMA’s coding experts to address the most important areas of knowledge in the field of medical billing and coding; patient care, the revenue cycle and business services, and quality medical data collection and data processing. Taken together, the collection provides a comprehensive overview of the profession and provides learners with practical, hands-on coding exercises to help learners convert theory into practice.
AHIMA’s Coding Basics courses are intended to provide in-depth coverage of the topic being presented. Typically, learners find that it takes about 60 hours to complete a course in this collection. All courses are self-paced so you can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like. Every course will be available for 365 days from the time the course file is opened. Many learners choose to take multiple courses at once but due to the rigorous nature of the program, we recommend not taking any more than three courses at once.
This course provides an overview to the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. Each body system is discussed in terms of the major anatomical structures and function including how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course discusses selected major pathologies, including disease definitions and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments. Finally, the course discusses common issues and changes that occur in each body system through the life span.
Students are taught how to break medical terms into prefixes, suffixes, and roots, and become familiar with the spelling, abbreviations, and definitions of common medical terms related to major disease processes, diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, drugs, and treatment modalities.
Emphasis is placed on the disease processes affecting the human body via an integrated approach to specific disease entities. Included will be the study of causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease, as well as an understanding of the basic principles of pharmacology.
An introduction to the financing, and delivery of healthcare services, this course gives an overview of the organization and activities of hospitals, nursing homes, mental health and ambulatory care centers, home health agencies, and hospices. Students also learn about the educational preparation and responsibilities of healthcare professionals and government regulations.
This course introduces students to the contents, use, and structure of the health record including data and data sets. It explains how these components relate to primary and secondary record systems and gives an overview of the legal and ethical issues applicable to health information.
This course offers a general overview of computers and the Internet and the role each has played in healthcare and will play in the future. Students will learn the basics of hardware and software and will gain a general understanding of the most commonly used applications.
This course introduces students to legal and ethical issues related to the health care setting. This course provides students with an overview of the laws and professional requirements that regulate the delivery of health care, including HIPAA, the Patient's Bill of Rights, and standard of care. Students will also gain an understanding of the ethical and moral issues that health care professionals may encounter.
Emphasis is placed on the uses of coded data and health information in reimbursement and payment systems appropriate to all healthcare settings and managed care. Students are exposed to the contemporary prospective payment systems used by the US government and other key health plans that comprise most patients' source of payment for healthcare services.
An introduction to basic inpatient coding concepts using ICD-10-CM, this course emphasizes practice in the assignment of valid diagnostic codes.
A continuation of Part 1 of the Basic ICD Coding course, Part 2 focuses on ICD-10-PCS coding. This course emphasizes practice in the assignment of valid ICD-10-PCS procedure codes.
An introduction to basic coding concepts using CPT/HCPCS coding systems, this course emphasizes practice in the assignment of valid diagnostic and procedure codes in an ambulatory care setting. The course covers procedural terminology in current use, evaluation and management (E/M) codes, medicine, HCPCS Levels II and III, and CPT Category II and III codes.
A continuation of Part 1 of the Basic CPT/HCPCS Coding course, Part 2 utilizes higher level, more complex examples (case studies, records, and scenarios). This course covers surgery coding, anesthesia coding, radiology coding, pathology and laboratory coding, and reimbursement in the ambulatory setting. Students are assigned exercises to complete using the online QuadraMed® Quantim® encoder.
This course offers students the ability to practice coding in real-world professional coding scenarios. Students step through more than six different settings to complete over 100 online coding exercises using either codebooks or the 3M Encoder.
Coding Basics Bundle (WCBFULL)
The complete Coding Basics program consists of the following 13 courses Biomedical, HIM Industry and Coding: