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Why choose Medical Reception and Coding at PPCC?

Heathcare careers are in very high demand locally and nationally. Attaining a certificate from PPCC will provide you with a solid skill-set to become a vital part of a medical services team anywhere in the country. Job titles include Medical Receptionist, Medical Coding Specialist (ambulatory care), Medical Office Manager and Insurance Billing Specialist.

At PPCC, you can learn coding and medical office administration/reception in the same program or separately, get hands-on instruction from expert faculty, and apply some of your certificate toward a degree. 

Pikes Peak Community College medical coding program is an AAPC-approved classroom training program

Certified Professional Coders (CPCs) earn an average annual salary of $64,176.95 in Colorado.

Medical coding classes (MOT 208-209) utilize current curriculum from AAPC. Students will be registered as a student member to AAPC. Graduates will be eligible to take the CPC exam.

Medical receptionist graduates will be eligible to take the CMAS exam with AMT.
 

What will I study?

At PPCC Medical Receptionist or Medical Coding Specialist students will learn to intake patients for their medical appointments; coordinate with insurance carriers and other medical service providers for referrals and prior authorizations for procedures or hospitalizations; and confirm pharmacy refills of medications.

Students will become familiar with the health care system and medical terminology; learn and apply medical administrative skills; and develop interpersonal communication skills necessary to assist patients.

Students will also learn electronic medical records, medical records abstraction for diagnosis, billing procedures, appointment scheduling, medical office finances, introduction to medical office management, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. 

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Example Classes I Might Take

Teaches the anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and drug therapy of the immune, musculoskeletal, and digestive systems. A discussion of pediatric implications as they relate to clinical physiology will also be covered. Students may take MOT 125, MOT 133 and MOT 135 in any order, but all three courses must be completed to meet the Basic Medical Sciences requirement.
Teaches coding concepts using the CPT coding system for insurance claims. The course will introduce the CMS (Centers for Medicare/Medicaid services) 1500 form. HCPCS (healthcare common procedure coding system) coding and modifiers concepts discussed as applicable.
Teaches coding concepts using the ICD (international classification of disease) coding system for insurance claims. Primary ICD 10 coding.
Outlines the rules and principles of medical records in ambulatory care settings. Topics will include hard copy and electronic medical/health records (EMR/EHR), records retention, release of information, HIPAA, and other legal topics relating to patient records. Data entry into EMR exercises will be included.
Introduces the student to the structure of medical terms with emphasis on using and combining the most common prefixes, roots and suffixes. Includes terms related to major body systems, oncology, psychiatry, as well as clinical laboratory and diagnostic procedures and imaging. Class structure provides accepted pronunciation of terms and relative use in the healthcare setting.

Career Options

A certificate from PPCC will provide you with a solid skill-set to attain an administrative position with a medical services team anywhere in the country. Job titles include Medical Receptionist, Medical Coding Specialist (ambulatory care), Medical Office Manager and Insurance Billing Specialist.

Medical Receptionists work in hospitals, outpatient clinics or a doctor's office to greet patients upon their arrival, obtain critical information for the medical records, maintain accuracy, accessibility and security of paper and electronic records, take simple medical histories, arrange for hospitalizations, initiate referrals to specialists, confirm insurance coverage and process insurance payments. 

Medical Coders review patient information for pre-existing conditions and assign the appropriate diagnosis and procedure codes for patient care and billing purposes. If they advance into the area of Cancer Registrars, they would also review patient records and reports for accuracy and assign classification codes that represent the diagnosis and treatment of cancers and benign tumors.

Medical Reception and Coding Faculty Contact

Vicki Bond

(719) 502-3700

Vicki.Bond@ppcc.edu

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Program Learning outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at in the completion of these programs. PLO's link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Medical Coding Specialist Certificate

This certificate is designed to train students to code and bill physician services in the ambulatory care settings. This program prepares the student to take the National Accrediting exam with AHIMA &/or AAPC.

Upon completion of the Medical Coding Specialist Certificate, students should be able to:

·         Illustrate  the normal functions and common pathologies of body systems (e.g., cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological).

·         Interpret the use and side effects of drugs commonly used to treat diseases affecting body systems.

·         Analyze information from medical records and code it for insurance purposes.

 

Medical Receptionist Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare individuals to work as receptionists in the health care industry. Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to register new patients, use proper telephone techniques, schedule appointments, file medical records and process mail. Students will gain exposure to both computerized and manual systems to organize a medical office.

Upon completion of the Medical Receptionist Certificate, students should be able to:

·         Illustrate  the normal functions and common pathologies of body systems (e.g., cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological).

·         Interpret the use and side effects of drugs commonly used to treat diseases affecting body systems.

·         Analyze information from medical records and code it for insurance purposes.

·         Manage patient accounts and records (e.g., coding, billing, bookkeeping).

 

NOTE: Program updates begin Summer 2020. Please review documents on the FAQ & Resources tab.