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The ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course
(leading to ExpertRating Medical Coding Certification).

Take your first step toward a lucrative career as a medical coder! In this course, you'll learn how to use the CPT manual and the ICD-9-CM to find medical codes for any disease, condition, treatment, or surgical procedure. This knowledge will help prepare you to work almost anywhere in the medical field—doctors' offices, clinics, public health facilities, hospitals, labs, nursing homes, insurance agencies, or even the comfort of your own home.

We'll go through each of the main systems of the human body—integumentary (skin), musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and male and female genitourinary—outlining the medical terminology, conditions, diseases, injuries, treatments, and procedures you'll see most often in each of those systems.

 

Along the way, we'll go through lots of real-world examples and coding exercises to get you using your coding tools in conjunction with your analytical skills to come up with just the right codes to describe any medical situation. In the process, you'll get all the hands-on experience you'll need to code medical insurance claims with confidence. By the end of this course, you'll know how to find your way through both the CPT manual and the ICD-9-CM manual, and you'll be well on your way to a career as a medical coder!
 

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Buy the ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course- $129.99

This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor for this course will be Jennifer Della'Zanna.

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Jennifer Della'Zanna

About the ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course instructor :Jennifer Della'Zanna graduated from Albright College in Reading, PA with a Bachelor of Arts degree. With 15 years' experience in the health care industry, she has worked as a medical transcriptionist, receptionist, medical assistant, practice administrator, biller, and coding specialist. She has written and edited courses and study guides on medical coding, transcription, and using technology in health care. She regularly writes feature articles about health issues for online and print publications. Jennifer is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity.

  Online Medical Coding Course requirements: For taking this instructor led ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course you need Internet access, e-mail, and the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser. You'll need access to both of the main medical coding books we'll use in this course: 2008 CPT manual, Professional Edition 2008 ICD-9-CM,Physician Edition. The spiral-bound editions are recommended for both books. The 2007 versions are also acceptable for this course. No prior medical experience is required, but knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy will be helpful.

 Testimonials: The ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course has received overwhelming positive feedback and reviews from students around the world. Here are a few:

"Although at times it was difficult, I really enjoyed this class. Working with workers' compensation claims, I knew this class would benefit me. This morning I got a bill from a doctor's office. It contained the following entry: Office visit, established, Level 4 (99214)! Did I ever feel smug recognizing that this was an E/M code. Jennifer, everything we know and do has been taught to us. I think "Teacher" should be a hallowed word. I shall always remember you as a teacher who skillfully guided me through a course that was difficult on occasion, frustrating on others, but ultimately rewarding. It was with your words of encouragement that I prevailed and mastered the basics. My only regret is that we did not meet, but I feel as if I know you as you've communicated with me and the other students in a very special way. Thank you for setting me on a path to a new career."

"For me, it has been a difficult but nonetheless rewarding class. I found your course materials, assignments and supplemental references to be a great help and can't imagine my succeeding without Jen's personal assistance and words of encouragement."

"Hello Jen! I just want to take a second and tell you that I think your class is wonderful. I really enjoy doing this and you make it easy (as easy as it can be) to understand. It is so challenging and very much like a puzzle. I think I missed (and now have found) my calling. It really makes me think."

"I can't say enough good things about Jennifer and her ability to teach this class. I had absolutely no medical knowledge or experience and I was able to make 100% on my final exam because of the way she is able to convey the information in an easy to understand manner."

Buy the ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course- $129.99

ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course

(leading to ExpertRating Medical Coding Certification)

 ExpertRating is one of the world's only ISO 9001:2008 Certified companies (from TUV America) offering an Online Medical Coding Course (leading to ExpertRating Medical Coding Skills Certification).

     

ExpertRating is a trusted name in online testing and certification with over 200,000 certified professionals in over 60 countries in more than 200 skill areas. ExpertRating offers its testing services to the world's best companies such as Convergys Corp, UPS, GAP, Sony, Coke, Citrix, Deltek Corp, IKEA Systems and Ericsson to name a few. See where ExpertRating Certified Professionals are working.


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ExpertRating Solutions has been reviewed by TRUSTe for compliance of their strict program requirements ensuring that your information is always safe. ExpertRating has certified Several thousand individuals who are working with leading companies across the US and other countries. View list.

When you choose the ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course you can be sure that you are buying a premium International certification that is recognized by hundreds of employers and Government bodies in the US and other countries.

 

 With ExpertRating you get certified quickly online and you are equipped with a store house of information through the in-depth ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Courseware which has been developed by experienced Medical Coding Experts.

 The ExpertRating Medical Coding Certification is by far the best value for money instructor led Medical Coding Program at $129.99.

    

Some Popular questions and answers about this ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course & Certification:

 How much does the Medical Coding Certification cost and what does it include?

You can buy this ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course leading to Medical Coding certification at a special offer price of only $129.99 which includes the in-depth ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Courseware and exam fee. This is the best value for money Medical Coding Skills Program available till date. You get the following services within the USD $129.99 fee.

 In-depth ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Courseware including scenarios and case studies.

 An instructor to guide you through the course and to whom you can direct your questions.

 World wide airmail delivery of the hard copy Medical Coding Certificate. The Medical Coding Certificate can be used to prove your certified status and does not mention the words "online".

 An online transcript that can be used to prove your certified credentials on the internet at any time.

How do I get certified?

The process of getting yourself certified is very simple. All you have to do is buy the ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course for $129.99. Log in to the instructor led course using your password. Go through the ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Courseware (which would take you 6 weeks) and complete the final Medical Coding Certification exam at your convenience. You can complete the exam within 2 months of buying the Medical Coding Certification. The result of the exam appears as soon as it is completed, and your Medical Coding Certificate is mailed immediately.

What learning aids will I get?

The ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course includes the following learning aids:

24 x 7 hour access to the courseware. A printer friendly version of the ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course is also provided

A friendly instructor to answer your questions online

A discussion area to have your questions answered

Chapter end quizzes to ensure that you are learning important aspects of every chapter

Chapter assignments to help you practically use the Medical Coding that you will learn during the Medical Coding Skills Course.

What is the final exam like?

The final exam is fully based upon the  ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Courseware that is provided along with the Medical Coding Certification. If you have gone through the courseware properly you should not have a problem clearing the exam. The exam consists of multiple choice questions from all chapters of the ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Courseware.

What are the course start dates?

ExpertRating instructor led courses commence every month, you can always choose a suitable date for your course commencement in any month. To see available course start dates, please click on the "Enroll now" button. All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have to be present when the lesson is released, but you must complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

A new section of each course starts on the second or third Wednesday of each month. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

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Buy the ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course- $129.99

   

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 18 percent through 2016 which is faster than the average.

Allocating a code to a patient diagnosis and procedure in the medical billing and coding process is the most vital step in the claim reimbursement process from insurance carriers. Accurate allocation of the medical codes ensures proper repayment for the services provided by the physicians and healthcare providers.  


 

There are two main coding systems associated with health insurance claims processing-the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) used for medical diagnosis and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) for healthcare provider services and procedures. While the ICD-9-CM coding explains the reason why the patient needed healthcare services, the CPT codes represent the services that the patient made use of. The ExpertRating Medical Coding Certification will give you tips to accurately code and file the diagnosis correctly.

ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course Coverage (6 weeks program)  

Week One

Wednesday - Lesson 01

The first lesson will explore the history of medical insurance and medical coding. After that, this lesson will take a few minutes to get you familiar with the coding books and tools that medical coders use. This lesson will finish up with an important discussion about patient privacy and confidentiality.

Friday - Lesson 02

Lesson 2 will take a close look at how medical professionals use medical codes in the real world. You'll get to know the common forms medical coders use and explore the different types of medical codes you'll find in your coding books. By the time you finish this lesson, you'll understand how the different types of codes come together on the claim form and how they tell the insurance company a complete story about any doctor-patient encounter.

Week Two

Wednesday - Lesson 03

Lesson 3 will take a detailed tour through the CPT manual where you'll find medical codes for the procedures and treatments doctors and other medical professionals provide their patients. You'll learn all about the CPT symbols, modifiers, and unlisted procedures. By the end of this lesson, you'll be looking up your first codes!

Friday - Lesson 04

Similar to the last lesson, this lesson will take a detailed tour through the other coding book you'll use in this course, the ICD-9-CM, which is where you'll find the codes for any disease, illness, condition, or symptom that a patient may have. You'll learn all about the ICD-9-CM's symbols, formatting, and other conventions; and you'll learn where to find E-codes and V-codes. By the end of this lesson, you'll begin to practice coding diagnoses.

Week Three

Wednesday - Lesson 05-

Lesson 5 will be beginning of a series of lessons that will take students in depth into just one body system at a time so they can discuss specific medical coding situations for each area of the human body. This lesson will explore the integumentary (skin) system. It will review the code categories for the most common skin conditions, infections, injuries, and procedures, and then you'll practice coding cases that involve common skin problems.

Friday - Lesson 06

In this lesson, you'll learn all about the musculoskeletal system and study some important musculoskeletal vocabulary. You'll review the code categories for the most common muscle and bone conditions and injuries, and then you'll learn how to code the procedures doctors use to treat common muscle and bone problems.

Week Four

Wednesday - Lesson 07

In Lesson 7 you'll review the respiratory system, and you'll learn how to code the most common respiratory conditions and injuries. After that, you'll practice coding the most common respiratory procedures that doctors use on their patients.

Friday - Lesson 08

This lesson will explore the cardiovascular system. You'll learn how to code common heart, vein, and artery conditions and diseases, and then you'll learn how to code the procedures doctors use most often to treat these common diagnoses. And as is always done, lesson 8 will follow up a general discussion on cardiovascular diseases and procedures with lots of coding practice.

Week Five

Wednesday - Lesson 09

In this lesson, you'll learn all about the digestive system and the endocrine system. You'll begin by studying some important vocabulary for both systems, and then you'll review the code categories for the most common conditions, diseases, and injuries. After that, you'll explore the procedures doctors perform to fix digestive and endocrine system problems. The lesson will end up with some practice coding both systems

Friday - Lesson 10

In Lesson 10, the last of system-specific lessons, students will review the male and female genitourinary systems; and learn how to code common conditions, diseases, and procedures for both systems. They will also spend some time discussing maternity and childbirth and the special medical coding challenges need to be considered in those cases.

Week Six

Wednesday - Lesson 11

Ready to get to know Evaluation and Management codes? In this lesson, you'll learn the three key components of any E/M service, and this lesson will provide you with some helpful charts you can use to narrow down an E/M code range to a final E/M code. And as you probably guessed, this lesson will end up with plenty of E/M coding practice!

Friday - Lesson 12

In the final lesson, you'll find out what's included in a surgical package and what's not. You'll also learn all about modifiers, and find out why medical coders use them to let insurance companies know about special circumstances. Finally, you'll put everything you've learned throughout the course together by coding some practice scenarios that incorporate all of the different types of codes!

Buy the ExpertRating Online Medical Coding Course - $129.99

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