The Online Integrated CCS Prep Program offers a curriculum that provides the solid foundation, knowledge, skills and competencies fundamental to medical coding profession. The integrated program takes about 6 months. The live instruction classes are offered once a week on the weekends (Saturday or Sunday depending on the cohort). The Lab schedule will be flexible,and this will be based around the students’ available time. Lab with instructor/mentor will be provided as well and will be scheduled accordingly.
CCS Prep Program consists of the following courses:
Introduces the student to the ‘language’ of medicine whereby, the students learn spelling, pronunciation and definition of medical terms. Emphasis is placed on prefixes, suffixes and word roots (the component of medical terms). Students practice formation, analysis and construction of medical terms. The student is introduced to systemic and surgical terminologies as well as the operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems (digestive, urinary, integumentary, reproductive, respiratory, endocrine, nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, lymphatic systems and special senses).
Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology introduces the student to the structure and function of the human body. Students will learn about the cells, tissues and membranes. You will also learn about the make up of the human body and how the major systems function to help in development and staying healthy. Students will learn to 1) How to describe basic human body functions and life process, 2) Name the major human body systems and relate their functions and 3) Describe the anatomical locations, structures and physiological functions of the main components of each major system of the human body.
Students will be introduced to a branch of medicine that deals with any disturbance of the body function caused by disease. Students will learn to identify changes of normal mechanical, physical and biochemical functions, the cause of the change (disease) and the treatment for the specific disease.
Here students will learn about the impact of chemicals on living organisms that affects normal or abnormal biochemical function. Students will learn how drugs work through examination of the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and drug therapy for each of the major systems. Students will learn about disease and the most commonly prescribe drugs to threat the disease.
Diagnosis Coding & Procedure Coding
Students will examine the development of coding classification systems. The students are introduced to the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding classification system, its format and conventions. Students learn to identify diagnosis that needs to be coded and the assignment of ICD-10-CM/PCS codes supported by medical documentation. The basic coding steps and guidelines are taught according to body systems. Students apply ICD-10-CM/PCS instructional notations, conventions, rules and official coding guidelines when assigning codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation (out-patient and in-patient chart).
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
The student will learn the assignment of CPT and HCPCS codes, supported by medical documentation. Students will learn to identify procedures that need to be coded. Students will apply CPT instructional notations, conventions, rules and official coding guidelines when assigning codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation (out-patient and in-patient chart).
This prepares students to compare and contrast healthcare payers, illustrate the reimbursement cycle and comply with regulations related to fraud and abuse. Emphasis is laid on the assignment of Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs), Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs) and Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs). Students will learn about Students learn about MS-DRG, CC/MCC, APR-DRG and SOI/ROM. They will also learn about Charge Master.
Introduction to Encoders
Students will have the opportunity to be exposed to the use of computerized encoding and grouping software.
Healthcare Delivery Systems
Examines the organization, financing, regulation and delivery of healthcare services
Health Information Management & Healthcare Data Content and Structure
This is an introduction to the health information management profession and the health record. The students are introduced to the systems and processes for collecting, maintaining, and disseminating primary and secondary health related information. Students learn about delivery and organizational structure to include content and structure of health record, documentation requirements, registries, indexes, licensing, regulatory agencies, forms, and screen.
Medical Law & Ethics
This is an overview of medical law and ethics for non-lawyer healthcare professionals who must be able to cope with multiple legal and ethical issues they encounter while working in a variety of settings, such as the medical office, hospitals, clinics, and skilled nursing facilities.
Medical Coding Practicum
Here students are prepared to assign ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT codes for a variety of patient types and clinical situations by coding actual medical charts. Students apply clinical coding knowledge, official coding and documentation conventions/guidelines to assess medical record documentation for the purpose of coding. Students will prepare appropriate physician queries in accordance to compliance guidelines and will assign and abstract codes to optimize appropriate reimbursement.
Students will be able to practice and experience hands-on coding using the books and encoder with a teacher who can mentor, guide and answer their questions.
Elite Info-Tech provides comprehensive support for Health Information students who plan to sit for the CCS examination administered by AHIMA. Whether you’re just finishing your education, or you’ve been working but have yet to pass the board exam, Elite Info-Tech is here to partner with you every step of the way to your success.
Outlines:Exam proven – to guide you through your studies.
Lectures: Experienced and dynamic instructors that makes exam topic relevant and manageable.
Practice questions: Exam proven questions/scenarios that cover all aspects of the CCS PREP Program to ensure your success on the national board exam. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.
Mock Exams: Designed to conquer exam day jitters (fear/weakness) and increase confidence.
THE CDI PREPERATION Program prepares you to take the CDI exam and advance in your professional career. By equipping you with test-taking skills and CDI knowledge, the class will allow you to tackle the exam with confidence.
Acute Care Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System
Clinical Criteria & Review of Anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology & pharmacology
The Advanced Training & Workshop is designed for new coders or working coders to maintain a distinctive edge in their medical coding career by providing the necessary technical skills and knowledge to meet the demands of the growing healthcare industry. Students will gain the necessary skills to continually improve quality and productivity. They will also have access to network with their peers.
The curriculum is designed to help coders become more competitive and marketable. It will consist of classroom lectures, hands-on-training and Virtual Lab. The Advanced Training & Workshop takes about 10 weeks.
Students will be able to practice and experience hands-on coding featuring multiple software applications.
Lessons and activities designed specifically for the lab applications allow students to test their skills and decision-making ability without jeopardizing the privacy, security, or integrity of real medical records.
With AHIMA VLab™ practice meets theory. You’ll see the patient in front of the data and learn first-hand how the accuracy, protection, and accessibility of health information impacts every step of the patient journey. Students are able to access hundreds of authentic and realistic patient cases