Advanced Coding for a Physician’s Office
Course Code: CPD028
Duration: 80 hours, 12 months
This nationally recognized Advanced Medical Coding for the Physician's Office (ACPO) online program will teach you diagnostic and procedural coding using CPT, ICD-9-CM (Volumes I and II), and HCPCS Level II coding manuals. This is an advanced program, designed for students with previous medical coding experience. Prior to enrolling for this program, you should have already completed basic coding education or the ed2go Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding (AMS w/MBC) or Medical Billing and Coding program.
Preparation for the Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based (CCS-P) certification exam is included in this program. The textbook for this program and the guide for certification preparation are provided. This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.
Please note that this course is for coders who are seeking training in advanced physician coding, not hospital coding. It is designed for coders working in, or seeking employment in, a physician’s office, clinic, or group practice.
Before registering for the Advanced Coding for the Physician’s Office program, you should have an understanding of CPT-4 (CPT), ICD-9-CM (ICD-9), and HCPCS coding principles. After a brief review of the basics of coding, the program will cover the following areas:
- ICD-9 diagnostic coding, including subcategories and supplementary classifications.
- Primary and principal diagnoses.
- CPT coding: How to use modifiers, specific codes, and section guidelines, and how to remain up-to-date with CPT coding changes.
- Ten critical steps for better reimbursement through increased accuracy and compliance in CPT coding.
- Evaluation & Management (E & M) Code: Simplifying code selection, plus understanding and applying the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) E & M documentation guidelines (DG).
- Official ICD-9-CM coding guidelines for diagnostic coding, including guidelines for outpatient coding and information on how to identify the special circumstances specified in the guidelines.
- Information on when to use unlisted procedures.
- National and local HCPCS codes and modifiers.
- Evaluation and Management Services
- Pathology and Laboratory
- Integumentary System
- Cardiovascular System
- Digestive System, Hemic/Lymphatic System, and Mediastinum/Diaphragm
- Musculoskeletal System
- Respiratory System
- Urinary, Male Genital, and Endocrine Systems
- Female Genital System and Maternity Care/Delivery
- Nervous System
- Eye and Auditory Systems
- Professional Review Guide for the CCS-P Examination
- Program textbook
Note: As current coders seeking more in-depth knowledge, students should already have a set of current year CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-9-CM coding books – these are not provided as part of the program.
The Advanced Coding for the Physician’s Office program is not an entry-level program. This program is designed specifically for students who have previous coding experience or education, such as the ed2go Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding (AMS w/MBC) or Medical Billing and Coding program.
If you intend on partipating in the CSS examination, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- Have one of the following credentials: RHIA, RHIT, or CSS/CCS-P
- Complete a coding training program that teaches anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, reimbursement methodology, intermediate/ advanced ICD diagnostic/ procedural and CPT coding
- Perform a minimum of two (2) years of related coding experience directly applying codes
- Have another coding credential from a certifying organization plus one (1) year coding experience directly applying codes
- Have a CCA credential plus one (1) year of coding experience directly applying codes
This program is compatible with Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. It can be taken on either a Mac or a PC; however, most medical offices currently use PCs.
Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.