With the explosion of information in the medical field, medical coders are in higher demand than ever before, particularly in the New York City metro area. Medical codes are used in the healthcare industry to describe the clinical picture of patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Detailed code numbers are used to accurately describe diagnoses and procedures performed. Medical coders work in a variety of settings, including physician offices, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and outpatient facilities. They compile, process, and maintain medical records. In just two semesters enrolled in the Diploma in Medical Coding plus a field practicum, you will become proficient in the latest version, the 10th Revision, of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).
Courses are taught by experienced medical professionals and are offered in a blended format. Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to assign diagnosis and procedure codes that meet ICD-10, use and apply medical terminology, and understand human anatomy and physiology.
As a student in this program, you will be required to complete a medical coding field practicum that meets at the NYU Langone Medical Center or at other sites set up by the Applied Health Department. During this practicum, you will learn to code inpatient and outpatient records in a training system using ICD-10 and Current Procedural Terminology, 4th Edition (CPT-4) and to calculate the diagnosis-related group (DRG) assignments. You will be given a complicated coding scenario for which you are to identify documentation missing in the medical record, formulate a query to ask for clarification of unclear documentation, code the scenario, and use the information that is generated from the end coder to include in a portfolio.
- Knowledge of medical terminology
- An understanding of anatomy and physiology
- Working knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology
- Knowledge of diagnostic and procedural codes
- The ability to calculate diagnosis-related group (DRG) assignments
- IP Hospital Coder
- OP Hospital Coder
- Biller (hospital)
- Biller (physician’s office)
- Coding Compliance Specialist
You'll Walk Away With
- The ability to apply ICD-10 and CPT-4 codes
- The knowledge to assign diagnosis and procedure codes
- The ability to use and apply medical terminology
- An understanding of human anatomy and physiology