Medical coding is the use of procedure codes that relate to what the physician does or when he sees a patient. Coding is done by hospitals, physicians, dentist, nursing homes, insurance carriers, government and many more areas. The codes are used on claims forms sent to the insurance carriers so that payment can be made. CPT is strictly outpatient coding and is the major coding skill for most job positions. There are codes for each area or specialty that a physician is trained in, such as anesthesia codes, surgical, medicine specialties, radiology, Durable Medical Equipment and pathology and visit codes. The student will learn the concept of assigning a code, purpose for using modifiers, how to support the proper CPT codes and prep themselves for the CPC (Certified Professional Coders) Exam. Each CPT code allows a fee to be paid to the physician. The CPT book has guidelines for using each code which will also be learned. Knowing how to pick up details is important. Coding can be fun and rewarding!
Required course for the Certified Professional Coder Program