Course Abstract Details

HIT-121, Basic Diagnosis Coding

Credits: 3

Course Description

HIT-121, Basic Diagnosis Coding, is designed to provide the health care employee with a basic orientation to the coding principles and practices of International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM). It also provides an introduction to ICD-10-CM and other diagnosis classification systems. Topics include: historical development of the ICD classification system, coding of diagnosis records from a variety of medical specialties, and use of official coding codelines. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of HIT-111 with a "C" grade or better, exemption/completion of BIOL 105 with a "C" grade or better. May be taken concurrently with HIT-115, Pathophysiology, but not before. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Previously offered as OFFC-125; credit will not be awarded for both courses.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES:  On completion of the course, the student will be able to: 

1. Describe coding conventions and their meanings and restate coding rules and guidelines applicable to ICD-9-CM coding, including all the steps in proper coding. (PG.2) 

2. Define the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS) definitions and apply appropriately to the coding of inpatient scenarios. (GE.2, PG.2, PG.4) 

3. Distinguish between coding guidelines and procedures that apply in inpatient versus outpatient settings. (PG.2) 

4. Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret portions of medical records from medical, surgical, and other specialties. (GE.2, PG.1, PG.4) 

5. Describe alternate diagnosis coding classification systems, including ICD-10-CM and be able to clearly delineate the differences among the classifications. (PG.6) 

6. Perform coding of simple diagnostic statements and brief coding scenarios using ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM. (GE.2, PG.1, PG.4) 

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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