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 Course Title:   Ambulatory Care Coding Procedures

 Title Abbreviation:   AMBULA CARE CODING PROCE

 Department:    AHE

 Course #:    122

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    510801

 EPC:    381

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Application of professional skills in organizing, analyzing, and technically evaluating records for accuracy and completeness in the ambulatory health care setting. Covers assignment of correct code numbers to diagnoses and procedures for indexing health data and processing insurance claims.


Prerequisite: AHE 110, AHE 102 or AHE 160 and 161 with minimum C grade or concurrent enrollment in AHE 161 or department chair permission

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Become proficient in the use of the Current Procedures Terminology (CPT) manual.
  2. Be familiar with selected ambulatory care codes and modifiers.
  3. Become knowledgeable in selected evaluation and management (EM) codes.
  4. Use research techniques to determine proper coding of unlisted procedures.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to code procedures and diagnoses for various procedural studies.
  6. Be proficient in the use of the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9CM) manual.
  7. Be proficient in the use of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) manual.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.2 Demonstrate an understanding of legal, ethical, and environmental issues in the use and misuse of technology.
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Auditing/abstracting the needed information to properly code health care records for billing purposes.
  2. Assignment of correct codes to diagnoses.
  3. Assignment of correct codes to procedures including modifiers.
  4. Assignment of correct HCPCS codes and modifiers.