Course Number and Title: HIM 170 Medical Coding Practicum
This course is a supervised practicum performed in a healthcare facility that provides the student with experience in medical coding applications. The in-class component of the course is a hands-on directed experience coding a variety of electronic health records.
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This course consists of 96 hours of experience in a clinical facility and 32 hours of individual instruction with the program clinical supervisor. Meeting times are agreed upon by the student, the clinical facility supervisor, and the program clinical supervisor.
- Apply medical coding skills in a healthcare setting. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Conduct a coding quality audit. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Demonstrate appropriate job skills in the professional practice experience. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; PGC 6)
- Function as part of the healthcare team. (CCC 3; PGC 6)
- Differentiate coding quality issues, and participate in quality assurance in the coding and collection of quality health data. (CCC 2; PGC 5)
- Design a directed project that explains the role coding plays within a healthcare setting.(CCC 1, 2, 5; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Apply medical coding skills in a healthcare setting.
- Correctly and efficiently perform the duties of the medical coder in the work setting with appropriate supervision.
- Collect, summarize, and report coding productivity statistics relative to student’s own performance.
- Conduct a coding quality audit.
- Identify the population of records.
- Calculate an appropriate sample size.
- Select a random sample of records.
- Evaluate the code assignment and diagnosis related group (DRG) selection for the sample records.
- Compile quality statistics based on the audit.
- Prepare a formal report of the results compiled in 2.5.
- Demonstrate appropriate job skills in the professional practice experience.
- Maintain ethical and legal standards required of medical coders.
- Listen and communicate effectively with colleagues and patients.
- Function as part of the healthcare team.
- Participate in the healthcare delivery system as an integral team member.
- Demonstrate courtesy and professionalism when dealing with colleagues and patients.
- Differentiate coding quality issues, and participate in quality assurance in the coding and collection of quality health data.
- Comply with the federal guidelines of HIPAA.
- Recognize and differentiate coding quality issues.
- Perform coding and collection of quality health data using processes and standards that comply with the principles of quality assurance.
- Design a directed project that explains the role coding plays within a healthcare setting.
- Identify the components of the project.
- Design a plan to meet the objectives of the project.
- Gather appropriate data.
- Analyze the results.
- Propose actions to be taken.
- Effectively communicate the project report summary in written form.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Read and interpret medical record documentation in order to identify data for medical coding.
- Apply knowledge of medical sciences, medical terminology, current coding guidelines, and reimbursement guidelines to assign accurate codes to patient diagnoses and procedures in health record documentation.
- Adhere to standards of ethical coding and apply professional ethical guidelines to coding principles when assigning medical codes and/or processing claims.
- Apply regulatory agency guidelines to coding principles when assigning medical codes and/or processing claims.
- Recognize coding quality issues and participate in quality assessments in the coding and collection of quality health data.
- Demonstrate appropriate professional interactions and work skills in the workplace setting.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.