IRONTON — Ohio University Southern's Community Education Department is offering upcoming courses for people interested in careers in the medical profession. The courses will focus on medical billing and medical coding.

Medical Billing and Coding is a combined 80-hour billing and coding course. The course will be offered from 6-9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, May 21 through Aug. 22. The course cost is $1,899 and includes textbooks.

The Medical Billing and Coding course offers the skills needed to solve insurance billing problems, how to manually file claims using the CPT and ICD-10 manual, complete common insurance forms, trace delinquent claims, appeal denied claims and use generic forms to streamline billing procedures. The course covers the following areas: CPT (Introduction, Guidelines, Evaluation and Management), specialty fields such as surgery, radiology and laboratory, ICD-10 Introduction and Guidelines and basic claims processes for medical insurance and third party reimbursements. Students will learn how to find the service and codes using manuals: CPT, ICD-10 and HCPCS.

After obtaining the practical work experience (6 months to 2 years), students who complete this course could be qualified to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder Exam (CPC or CPC-H Apprentice); the American Health Information Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam; and/or other national certification exams.

The ICD-10 Medical Coding Course will be 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 19 through Aug. 7. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requires the ICD-10 be used in medical billing and coding to report health care diagnoses and procedures. The use of ICD-10 correctly impacts health care providers and the process for which they receive reimbursement. This program will include a detailed review of both ICD-10-CM (diagnostic coding) and ICD-10-PCS (inpatient procedural coding system).

Additional program elements include: differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10; federal regulation / compliance; using the ICD-10-CM; how and when to use the ICD-10-PCS; issues surrounding the implementation of ICD-10; documentation challenges; analyzing electronic coding tools; coding from chart notes; coding from operative reports; detailed hands on coding exercises and case studies using ICD-10. This course is ideal for experienced students interested in a career in medical coding and for current coding professionals looking for an update and review of the issues and challenges they will face with the ICD-10 adoption. The ICD-10 Medical Coding is a 50 hour course. Tuition including textbooks and manuals is $1,299.

Students in these two courses will not earn Ohio University credit, will not have an Ohio University transcript, or earn an Ohio University certificate. Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify through Ohio Means Jobs.

For more information or to register, visit online at www.ohio.edu/southern/academics/community-education/index.cfm.

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