2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Oct 02, 2023  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ALHE 230 - Home Care Coding Specialty

5 CR
This course prepares the student for the certification exam earning a credential as a Home Care Coding Specialist - Diagnosis (HCS-D) by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance (BMSC). Students will learn how to access relevant patient documentation, assign the accurate diagnosis codes, and confer with physicians, clinicians, and/or practice administrators while maintaining the legal and ethical standards determined by policy, regulation and professional expectations. The course is offered within a semester timeframe and is organized in 20 learning modules presented in a self-paced online format with instructor support. Upon successful completion of the course, students are well prepared to complete the HCS-D certification exam through the BMSC to ready them for employment as a Home Care Coding Specialist. Success in this course, and in a future job as a HCS-D coder will be best realized by individuals who are highly self-directed, organized, and detail oriented with the ability to produce a high level of accuracy and efficiency in their work. Most coders work under deadlines and quotas. Prior experience with computer technology and the internet in a work or educational environment is highly recommended. Students who have no previous health care background are encouraged to enroll in a medical terminology course prior to, or concurrent with completing the Home Care Coding Specialty course.