Why Choose Medical Reception and Coding at PPCC?

Heathcare careers are in very high demand locally and nationally. Attaining a certificate from PPCC will provide you with a solid skill-set to become a vital part of a medical services team anywhere in the country. 

Here, you can learn coding and reception in the same program or separately, get hands-on instruction from expert faculty, and apply your certificate toward a degree. 

What will I study?

At PPCC Medical Receptionist or Medical Coding Specialist students will learn to intake patients for their medical appointments; coordinate with insurance carriers and other medical service providers for referrals and prior authorizations for procedures or hospitalizations; and confirm pharmacy refills of medications.

Students will become familiar with the health care system and medical terminology; learn and apply medical administrative skills; and develop interpersonal communication skills necessary to assist patients.

Students will also learn electronic medical records, medical records abstration for diagnosis, billing procedures, appointment scheduling, medical office finances, introduction to medical office management, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. 

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Example Classes I Might Take

Teaches the anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and drug therapy of the immune, musculoskeletal, and digestive systems. A discussion of pediatric implications as they relate to clinical physiology will also be covered. Students may take MOT 125, MOT 133 and MOT 135 in any order, but all three courses must be completed to meet the Basic Medical Sciences requirement.
Teaches coding concepts using the CPT coding system for insurance claims. The course will introduce the CMS (Centers for Medicare/Medicaid services) 1500 form. HCPCS (healthcare common procedure coding system) coding and modifiers concepts discussed as applicable.
Teaches coding concepts using the ICD (international classification of disease) coding system for insurance claims. Primary ICD 10 coding.
Outlines the rules and principles of medical records in ambulatory care settings. Topics will include hard copy and electronic medical/health records (EMR/EHR), records retention, release of information, HIPAA, and other legal topics relating to patient records. Data entry into EMR exercises will be included.
Introduces the student to the structure of medical terms with emphasis on using and combining the most common prefixes, roots and suffixes. Includes terms related to major body systems, oncology, psychiatry, as well as clinical laboratory and diagnostic procedures and imaging. Class structure provides accepted pronunciation of terms and relative use in the healthcare setting.

Career Options

A certificate from PPCC will provide you with a solid skill-set to attain an administrative position with a medical services team anywhere in the country. Job titles include Medical Receptionist, Medical Coding Specialist (ambulatory care), Medical Office Manager and Insurance Billing Specialist.

Medical Receptionists work in hospitals, outpatient clinics or a doctor's office to greet patients upon their arrival, obtain critical information for the medical records, maintain accuracy, accessibility and security of paper and electronic records, take simple medical histories, arrange for hospitalizations, initiate referrals to specialists, confirm insurance coverage and process insurance payments. 

Medical Coders review patient information for pre-existing conditions and assign the appropriate diagnosis and procedure codes for patient care and billing purposes. If they advance into the area of Cancer Registrars, they would also review patient records and reports for accuracy and assign classification codes that represent the diagnosis and treatment of cancers and benign tumors.

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Program Learning outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient in the completion of these programs. PLO's link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Medical Reception & Medical Coding Specialist Certification Programs :  Student Learning Outcomes (SLO):

Students will be able to:

1.     Identify body system structures, disorders & diseases.

2.     Apply medical terminology in appropriate situations.

3.     Identify legal & ethical issues as applicable to medical practices.

4.     Apply effective interpersonal skills for diverse patients and medical professionals.

5.     Design communication methods for patient education.

6.     Demonstrate knowledge for clerical and financial bookkeeping.