Medical Coding
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Medical Coding


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The Medical Coding Certificate Program prepares students to become medical coding specialists who perform detailed review of medical records to identify diagnoses and operative procedures. Numeric classification codes are assigned to each diagnosis and procedure, using automated or manual methods. Principle classification systems used include the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM), ICD-10-PCS (Procedural Coding System) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). Coders also operate computerized grouper programs to cluster diagnoses and procedures into payment categories called Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs).

The American Health Information Management Association has established a national certification program for medical coders. Each new graduate qualifies as a candidate for the AHIMA national examination to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA). When coupled with extensive, on-the-job experience, the Medical Coding coursework prepares the student to take the AHIMA examination to become a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Specialist- Physician Office (CCS-P).

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Donna Stanley, Program Director
256/352-8327
donna.stanley@wallacestate.edu