HITT298 Advanced Procedural Coding (formerly MEDA298)

Department of Professional Studies: Health Information Technology

I. Course Number and Title
HITT298 Advanced Procedural Coding (formerly MEDA298)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
HITT297 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This advanced course covers Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9 Volume 3), Health Care Procedural Coding Systems (HCPCS), modifier applications, evaluation and management services, and coding issues for specific body systems.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. analyze the clinical situation and determine what diagnosis(es) should be linked with what procedure(s) and which procedure should be coded by applying official professional coding guidelines or the outpatient coding guidelines as appropriate;
    2. apply general guidelines and identify the structure for using the HCPCS Levels I, II, and III coding system;
    3. discuss the use of and apply correct modifiers in the HCPCS Levels I, II, and III coding systems; and
    4. demonstrate an understanding of the correct coding initiative for ICD-9-CM procedure codes, Volume 3.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. sequencing -- principle diagnosis and procedure determination and secondary/additional diagnosis and procedures determination
    2. principles for outpatient and inpatient coding
    3. HCPCS Levels I, II and III
    4. strengthening the understanding of relevant medical terminology
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals will be based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance-based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 10/04; Revised 12/2009; Course Number Revised 6/2011; New Core 8/2015