Instructor-Led Online Medical Coding

Online Training for Certification in Medical Coding

Instructor-Led Online Medical Coding Next Start Date: February 2021 (Exact Date TBA)

Program Details:
  • 12 Week Course
  • Weekly live GoTo Training webinars with instructor and other students
    • Webinars are not mandatory and are recorded for later viewing
    • Webinars are 1.5 hours on Thursday evenings at 7pm est
  • Password protected personalized learning account that easily guides you through the program
  • Easy online reading through Absorb learning site platform that takes you step by step through all coding concepts
  • Quizzes are available in each section to check that you are understanding the materials
    • Unlimited attempts at all quizzes
  • Homework questions at the end of each week that are gone over on weekly calls with instructor
  • Exam Review with instructor
  • Unlimited Attempts at the practice exam
  • Registered Medical Coder (RMC) online exam
    • 2 attempts on the exam
  • Phone and Email support from instructor throughout the course

 

Who is this Instructor-Led Online Medical Coding Training for?

The instructor-led online medical coding training is geared towards 3 types of people:
  1. Someone who is already a medical coder, but needs their medical coding certification.
  2. Someone who is completely new to the field and healthcare industry and wants to start a successful career path in medical coding.
  3. All people in between!
 
What is the Registered Medical Coder (RMC) Credential?

The RMC is a nationally recognized outpatient medical coding credential and issued by the Association of Registered Healthcare Professionals (ARHCP). The RMC is authorized through the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC). Like any other outpatient coding credential, the RMC guarantees you will be well prepared to be successful in your coding job and proves to your employer that you have advanced coding knowledge and stay up to date on all yearly coding changes. Unlike other coding credentials, the RMC requires an annual update exam on the current year’s coding changes (also administered online and included in the annual renewal fee) in order to ensure that you stay up to date on all coding changes.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objectives

This program is specifically geared toward medical coding for outpatient/physician offices. The training is administered online and begins with the basics identifying the purpose of the CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS II code systems. Once those topics are established, it moves into federal healthcare regulations, audits, compliance, and how it all fits within the revenue cycle. This training specifically covers:

  • Coding conventions when assigning ICD-10-CM (diagnoses), CPT®, and HCPCS II (procedure) codes
  • Each section of the CPT® manual with an emphasis on terminology, modifier usage, coding guidelines, and coding practice
  • Evaluation & Management (E&M) with a detailed focus on levels of service
  • Additional guidance, updates, and learning tools on how to apply the ICD-10-CM coding guidelines (officially implemented October 2015)
  • HCPCS Level II with an emphasis on temporary national codes, supplies and DME, and modifiers, as well as services that are routine, non-covered, or not medically necessary.
  • An overview of the Medicare Program with additional training on special CMS coding rules, billing rules, modifiers, and the National Correct Coding Initiative
Course Outline
Course Outline

The Interactive RMC Training & Certification Program is broken out into 12 weeks and is outlined below:

  • Introduction to medical coding systems, healthcare delivery, and other revenue cycle functions within the healthcare arena
  • Introduction and overview of ICD-10-CM (Diagnosis) in comparison to ICD-9
  • ICD-10-CM coding guidelines and conventions
  • General CPT® (Procedural) coding overview, guidelines, and conventions
  • CPT® Evaluation & Management (E&M)
  • CPT® Modifier
  • In-depth look at each CPT® code range
  • HCPCS coding system (emphasis on Level II)
  • Federal healthcare regulations, laws and sentencing guidelines, audits, and compliance in revenue cycle
  • Medicare rules and regulations
  • OIG compliance and OIG work plan
  • Simulated practice exam (unlimited attempts)
  • RMC certification exam (two attempts)
About the Instructor
The Online Medical Coding Training & Certification Program was created by MMI’s team of seasoned and certified instructors. The course is taught by the instructors below:

Rhonda Granja RMC,CMA, CMC, CPC, CMOM. Rhonda is an Instructor and Education Specialist with Medical Management Institute. She has over 25 years of experience in medical coding & reimbursement. Rhonda has trained and mentored hundreds of students in the field of medical coding, audit, billing and practice management. She has also trained hundreds of physicians, clinicians and practice managers in E/M guidelines and advanced cardiology and OBGYN coding reimbursement and compliance.

Rhonda is the current president of her local AAPC chapter in Concord, NC, an active member of Medical Management Institute, Medical Group Manager’s Association and the Consumer Family Advisory Committee. Rhonda has a wealth of experience in healthcare. Her passion for speaking and high energy style gets attendees excited about learning!

Required Textbooks
Medical Coding Certification Book Requirement
  1. CPT® Professional Edition (current year), AMA Publisher
  2. ICD-10-CM Expert for Physicians (current year)
  3. HCPCS Level II (current year)

These textbooks are not included but are available to purchase through MMI at a discounted rate when enrolling in the program.

Prerequisites
Pre-requisite

At MMI, we want to make sure that you have a successful learning experience, which is why in order to sign up for the medical coding certification and training, we recommend that you have previous understanding of Anatomy & Terminology. If you currently need of training for Anatomy & Terminology, the Anatomy & Terminology course is available to purchase through MMI at a discounted rate when enrolling in the program.

Payment Plan & Group Rates

Interest-free payment plan options are available through MMI and PayPal.

Payment Plan through PayPal: If you would like to set up a payment plan through PayPal, you can do so at the checkout page by following the instructions below:

  1. Select the “Checkout with PayPal” button after placing training in cart
  2. Log in with your PayPal account (or create a new one)
  3. Select the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of the page

Payment Plan through MMI: Contact an MMI representative to set up an interest-free payment plan through the Medical Management Institute. Typically, a down payment of $350 is required and the remaining balance is paid off over six months.

Group Rates: Discounted rates are available upon request for groups of three or more. Contact us to get started.

Week 1 Outline
Week 1:
  • Medical coding systems
  • Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
  • Insurance billing
  • Other revenue cycle functions
  • Information technology (IT) in healthcare
  • HIPAA
  • Balanced Budget Act 1997
  • OIG model compliance programs
  • CMS improper payment audit programs
  • OIG work plan
Week 2 Outline
Week 2:
  • ICD-10-CM general overview
    • Coding instructions
    • Format (code specificity)
    • Chapters Volume I
    • Volume II
  • Primary diagnosis
  • Medical necessity
  • ICD-10
Week 3 Outline
Week 3:
  • Introduction
  • ICD-10-CM Volume II tables
  • Coding for burns
  • Coding late effects
  • V Codes
  • E Codes
  • ICD-10 Volume II coding conventions
  • ICD-10 Volume I coding conventions
  • Volume I appendices
Week 4 Outline
Week 4:
  • Category:
    • II codes
    • III codes
  • Instructional guidelines
  • Symbols
  • Appendices/alphabetic index
  • Section and subsection guidelines
  • RBRVS/RVUs and fee schedules
  • Place of service codes
  • Coding for professional and outpatient facility services
  • Modifiers table
Week 5 Outline
Week 5:
  • Anesthesia supervision guidelines
  • Categories (types)
  • Modifiers
  • Qualifying circumstances
Week 6 Outline
Week 6:
  • Chapter 7: CPT® surgery
  • General surgery guidelines
  • Modifiers
  • Chapter:
    • 8 – CPT® integumentary system
    • 9 – CPT® musculoskeletal system
    • 10 – CPT® respiratory system coding
Week 7 Outline
Week 7:
  • CPT®
    • surgery, cardiovascular system, and hemic/lymphatic system coding
    • digestive system coding
    • urinary system coding
    • male genital system coding
    • female genital system, maternity care, and delivery coding
    • endocrine system and nervous system coding
    • eye, ocular adnexa, and auditory system coding
Week 8 Outline
Week 8:
  • Radiology guidelines
  • Modifiers
  • Professional and technical components
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • Radiology oncology
  • Nuclear medicine
Week 9 Outline
Week 9:
  • Laboratory
  • Surgical pathology
  • Organ or disease-oriented panels
  • Drug testing
  • Therapeutic drug assays
  • Evocative/suppression testing
  • Consultations (clinical pathology)
  • Urinalysis
  • Molecular pathology (MoPath)
  • Multianalyte Assays with Algorithmic Analyses (MAAA)
  • Chemistry
  • Hematology and coagulation
  • Immunology (serology)
  • Transfusion medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomic pathology
  • Cytopathology
  • Cytogenic studies
  • Surgery pathology
  • In Vivo laboratory procedures
  • Other procedures
  • Reproductive medicine procedures
  • CLIA waived tests
Week 10 Outline
Week 10:
  • Medicine guidelines
  • Medicine modifiers
  • Immune globulins, serum, or recombinant products
  • Immunization administration for vaccines/toxoids
  • Vaccines/toxoids (substances)
  • Psychiatry
  • Biofeedback
  • Dialysis
  • Gastroenterology
  • Opthalmology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Non-invasive vascular diagnostic studies
  • Pulmonary
  • Allergy and clinical immunology
  • Endocrinology
  • Neurology and neuromuscular procedures
  • Medical genetics and genetic counseling services
  • Central nervous system assessments/tests
  • Health and behavior assessment/intervention
  • Hydration, therapeutic, prophylactic, diagnostic injections and infusions, chemotherapy, and other highly complex drug or biologic agent administration
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Special dermatological procedures
  • Physical medicine and rehab
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment
  • Chiropractic manipulative treatment
  • Education and training for patient self-management
  • Non face-to-face and non-physician services (i.e. telephone calls)
  • Special services and reports
  • Qualifying circumstances for anesthesia
  • Moderate conscious sedation
  • Other services and procedures
  • Home health procedures and services
  • Medication therapy management services
Week 11 Outline
Week 11:
  • Evaluation & Management (E&M) coding
  • Modifiers
  • Documentation criteria
Week 12 Outline
Week 12:
  • HCPCS Level I, II, III overview
  • Permanent and temporary codes
  • Symbols
  • Table of drugs and chemicals
  • Modifiers
  • Appendix A, Appendix B, and Appendix C
  • National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI)
  • Code pair edits
  • Mutually Exclusive Edits (MUE)