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Auditing: Inpatient Coding Microcredential

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The Auditing: Inpatient Coding Microcredential is intended for practitioners who conduct quality assurance and accuracy reviews, and/or oversee the work performed by other medical coding professionals to increase compliance with healthcare regulations. This microcredential is intended for individuals who conduct inpatient coding audits working in acute care hospitals, integrated hospital systems, and long-term care facilities.

Assessments are administered through our partner vendor, Questionmark through and internet-based testing portal and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. (Browsers that support the Questionmark platform include Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Safari.)

Candidates have three hours to complete the assessment. The assessment contains a total of 65 questions (50 scored and 15 unscored questions randomly distributed throughout the assessment). The purpose of unscored questions is to gather data on the performance of these questions. Unscored questions do not count towards a candidate's score. Question types used for the assessment may include matching, multiple-choice or multiple-select, true/false, select-a-blank, pull-down lists, ranking, and may include scenarios presented as images to assess practical application of skills.

  • Practice
    • This domain has 12 related tasks.
    • Example task: Apply knowledge of ICD-10, Prospective Payment System, and reimbursement requirements
  • Clinical documentation
    • This domain has five related tasks.
    • Example task: Describe the clinical documentation workflows and key documentation requirements needed to clinically support the coding of a diagnosis or procedure
  • Abstracting data elements
    • This domain has seven related tasks.
    • Example task: Understand the relationship between hospital transactions and charges and coding decisions and describe the impact of these decisions on the final coding outcome
  • Communication
    • This domain has six related tasks.
    • Example task: Present audit findings to the stakeholder in a way that allows the stakeholder to understand and implement the findings for improvement
  • Reporting
    • This domain has three related tasks.
    • Example task: Ability to create clear and concise audit reports and maintain productivity standards
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