Health Information Technology Coding Specialist
The coding specialist program will prepare a student to review and analyze health records to identify relevant diagnoses and procedure for patient services in the inpatient, ambulatory and/or ancillary setting. The student will practice translating diagnostic and procedural phrases utilized by healthcare providers into coded form.
In the program, students apply the following skills:
- Coding of inpatient diagnoses and procedures using International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM/PCS).
- Coding of ambulatory setting procedures and services using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT).
- Reading and interpreting health record documentation to identify all diagnoses and procedures that affect the current inpatient stay/outpatient encounter visit.
- Applying approved coding guidelines to assign and sequence the correct diagnosis; applying procedure codes for hospital inpatient and outpatient services.
Minimum grade of 2.0 is required for progression to the next health information technology course. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for the basic science course.
The coder can be employed in hospital departments such as health information services (medical records), quality management, professional fee services, radiology, emergency room, outpatient/ambulatory surgery, ancillary services, and specialty physician clinics.
Coding specialists also work as independent contractors, consultants and trainers as well as for insurance companies, government agencies, health maintenance organizations and other facilities involved with the healthcare reimbursement process.
The curriculum in the coding specialist program will allow the student to select the health information technology associate degree program as a career path. All courses are not offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements qualify for a certificate of program completion.