ICD-10 for New Coding Professionals

SUNY Oswego's Codesmart University online program prepares individuals seeking a new career path as medical coders, one of the fastest-growing fields in the healthcare industry. To help you successfully master ICD-10 coding, we partnered with Codesmart University to deliver a comprehensive online program easily accessible to people working or who have other demanding responsibilities.

There are a number of factors making medical coding a good career choice for people today:

  1. There is a current shortage of trained professionals in this field
  2. The anticipated future needs of this industry: according to a variety of organizations and agencies, the estimated shortage of coders will be close to 500,000 over the next few years making it critical for medical groups and organizations to recruit new trained talent into the field
  3. ICD-10 is a new, complex coding system and all existing medical coders will need to be trained if they want to continue in the field

The changeover to the ICD-10 coding system is the biggest change in healthcare in more than 30 years.

Due to our interactive approach to online teaching, Oswego's Codesmart program for new medical coders is one of the most comprehensive in the country, providing the necessary skills and knowledge to be well-prepared to pass any ICD-10 certification exam. The curriculum includes:

Introduction to Coding and Reimbursement
This course provides the student with an overview of the billing/coding specialist profession, the responsibilities in the industry and an understanding of the world of health insurance. The course defines medical and legal terms and the laws that govern medical facilities including HIPAA regulations. The focus will also include the various insurance forms associated with the reimbursement process. 

Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology
This course provides students an in-depth understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Biological principles and the structural and functional relationships among organ system are discussed. Students will review medical terminology as it relates to each body system.  

Pharmacology
This course will familiarize students with drug classifications, schedules, prescription abbreviations, the metric system, and dosage conversions. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the body systems and the nature of the drugs that treat the diseases and conditions of the system.  

Pathophysiology
In this course the student will study the etiology of disease. The student will develop an understanding related to conditions and disorders, signs and symptoms, patient screening, etiology, diagnostic assessment and clinical tests, treatment options, prognosis, prevention, and patient teaching.  

Health Information and Records Management
This course provides an introduction to health information science, the health care delivery system, and the health information profession. Health record content, health record formats, analysis, retention, retrieval and accreditation standards are also addressed. Professional ethics are reviewed. Different levels of the healthcare delivery system are also examined. Paper-based health records as well as the electronic health record are reviewed and analyzed.  

CPT and HCPCS Coding
This course focuses on medical coding and billing for specialized medical settings and carriers. Specific attention is given to Procedural Coding and durable supplies.  

ICD-9
This course introduces students to medical coding and billing practices used in general medical practice.  

ICD-10-CM
This course provides an in-depth study of the medical coding and billing practices used in general medical practice. Students will develop an understanding of the new ICD-10-CM code structure and demonstrate accuracy in using the diagnostic coding system.  

ICD-10-PCS
The course will focus on medical coding and billing for a hospital setting.  

Computerized Billing
This course focuses on the use of coding and billing using software in the business office of a medical setting. In addition, the student will learn the following: how to input patient information, process patient transactions, produce various reports, print statements and insurance forms, as well as process claims.  

Electronic Health Records
This course will prepare the student to understand basic computer principles and use electronic records in a medical practice. This course is designed to train future users of electronic health records programs to document patient exams, diagnosis, disorders, and coding. Students will work within a live EHR platform in both a hospital and practice setting.  

Virtual Internship/Externship
This course is a virtual externship. During the course of the externship, students will have the opportunity to code specific cases from multiple disciplines. Students must complete the full externship to complete the course.

 Please contact us if you have any questions by calling 315-934-4900 or emailing phoenix@oswego.edu.

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