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Kristi Couch, RHIA, CPC, CCA, CHP, CHA
Medical Coding & Reimbursement Program
Program Coordinator
502.213.2221
Kcouch0033@kctcs.edu

Curriculum Guide

Medical Coding & Reimbursement Program Curriculum Guide

  • Updated 02/13/2019

The information contained within this curriculum guide is the official Medical Coding & Reimbursement Program Policies and Procedures. It is the student’s responsibility to keep updated on any program changes.

General Overview:

The Medical Coding & Reimbursement Program is offered completely online.  It is a collegiate program leading to a Certificate in Medical Coding & Reimbursement; the program prepares students to assume responsibilities of billers, coders and practice management staff within provider-based settings and elsewhere.  These duties and responsibilities include providing revenue cycle support, promoting compliance with regulatory standards, professional medical billing and/or coding duties, among others. The curriculum includes course work in the supporting sciences and the core program requirements.  Interested students should contact the Medical Coding & Reimbursement Academic Program Coordinator or an Advisor for additional information.

Contact Information:

The preferred method of contact is via e-mail

Medical Coding & Reimbursement/Allied Health Division
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Health Science Hall, room 452
109 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202

Admission Policies and Procedures:

College Admission

The student must first apply to the college. This can be done on-line or in-person on the first floor of the Jefferson Educational Center.

  • Admission to the College does not imply admission to any specific program.
  • An Admissions Application may be found on the college website.

Program Admission

The Medical Coding & Reimbursement Program does not currently have a selective admissions policy. 

However, the expectations are that students shall have:

  1. Successfully completed pre-requisite courses, for example FYE 105
  2. Pre-requisite courses are:  FYE 105; Computer Literacy Course (IT100, CIS100 or CIT105)
  3. AHS 115;  BIO 135 (these 2 courses could also be taken while taking HIT 100
  4. Meet with an Advisor and complete an APP
  5. Request Academic Program Coordinator’s permission via email to register for HIT100 and MBS110 and MBS120

Note: Admission preference may be given to veterans of military service and their spouses and families. Jefferson Community and Technical College will give admission preference to veterans of military service and their spouses and families.

Technical Standards:

The Medical Coding & Reimbursement Specialist works to promote, maintain and improve the management of health care data within organizations.  Computerization, on-going legislative reforms, information and data needs within the industry, advances in medical practice and the need to contain health care costs while practices strive to optimize reimbursement have resulted in an increased demand for certified coding and billing specialists.  All applicants should possess:

  1. Sufficient visual acuity, such as needed to read and assess patient medical records;
  2. Sufficient auditory perception to receive and interpret verbal communication from individuals and groups;
  3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to perform business machine, office and computer tasks;
  4. Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and groups;
  5. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement health care coding and reimbursement functions.

According to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) law, it is a student’s personal decision to disclose a disability.  If students choose to disclose a disability, by college policy, they will be directed to the Disability Resource Center.  By law, all reasonable accommodations will be made.  Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this program must contact the Access Ability Resource Center (Student Disability Services) at 502-213-2375 before the start of the semester.  Please DO NOT request accommodations directly from the professor or instructor.

Minimum Requirements Established by the Senate Rules for admission into the Applicant Pool:

Preference may be given to:

  • Students with contemporary experience(s) in medical coding and billing;
  • Students with promising insight into health care revenue industry;
  • Students well-qualified to attempt certification exams;
  • Students with a grade of “C” or better in pre-requisite courses.

It is important to note, at present the Medical Coding & Reimbursement Program has a non-competitive admission policy.  However, not all students interested in the program may qualify to enter.  The academic standards of KCTCS shall be upheld throughout the admissions and graduation process.

Application Process and Deadlines:

  • Step 1: Apply to Jefferson Community & Technical College;
  • Step 2: Schedule a meeting with an Advisor
  • Step 3: Establish an Academic Progress Plan (APP) with an Advisor;
  • Step 4: Follow the APP when registering for courses in current and future semesters.

Post Admission Requirements and Deadlines:

  1. Follow the Academic Program Plan (APP) for Medical Coding & Reimbursement;
  2. Register for physician coding certification through either the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) or American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) at the beginning of the final semester of study; as an alternative, students may take an entrylevel certification offered by AHIMA, the Certified Coding Associate (CCA);
  3. Participate in all coding certification preparatory efforts.

Accreditation:

Jefferson Community and Technical College is a public, comprehensive, postsecondary institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.

Credentialing Exam(s)/Licensure:

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate is eligible to sit for professional coder credentialing examinations offered by either the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) or American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). 

Coding practitioners are not currently required to hold a license of any sort in order to gain or maintain employment in the industry.  However, coder certification has been shown to improve marketability, increase career viability and significantly impact salary and qualification for promotion.

Financial Information/Expenses:

Specific questions concerning financial assistance should be directed to the Downtown Campus Financial Aid Office.

  1. Tuition information is available on-line at the college’s website.
  2. Book costs will vary based upon the specific Academic Program Plan of each student.
  3. Cost of Certification exams through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) that includes one (1) free re-take; certification exams through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) cost for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and for the Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based (CCS-P).
  4. Students also incur costs of any additional certifications for which he/she is qualified and elects to pursue.

Additional Information

  1. Developmental Course Work
    • Students needing developmental math courses cannot take collegiate math and/or science courses until they successfully complete their development courses.  Students needing developmental English or Reading can only take a computer class until developmental classes are completed successfully.
  2. Placement/Assessment Testing
    • The ACT and Compass math scores are only good for two (2) years and the English scores are only good for five (5) years.  If they are older, you must be Compass tested again for that section.
  3. Other Requirements
    • Students are required to join a professional association during their studies.
  4. Course Time Limitations
    • Medical Coding & Reimbursement Program faculty shall review and grant course credit commensurate with both previously completed academic work and the standards and policies of Jefferson Community & Technical College; guidance shall be garnered from the Division Chair of Allied Health for any unique academic situations.

PRE-REQUISITE:

  • FYE 105 Computer Literacy IT 100: Computer Literacy (3) OR CIT 105: Introduction to Computing (3) OR CIS 100: Introduction to Computers (3)

REQUIRED COURSES:

  • Anatomy & Physiology BIO 135: Basic Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (4) (Recommended) OR BIO 137: Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4) – Part I (must take 139 if BIO 137 is taken)
  • *BIO 139: Human Anatomy & Physiology II --- Part II (4) [NOTE: Only students who have taken BIO 137 previous semester]

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY COURSE:

  • AHS 115: Medical Terminology (3) OR CLA 131: Medical Terminology from Greek and Latin (3) OR OST 103: Medical Officer Terminology (3)

Progression in the Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist Program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of C or greater in each course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or above (on a 4.0 scale)

The following is an example to follow in taking courses:

  • Fall Semester :
    • BIO 135: (4 credit hours) OR BIO 137 and BIO 139
    • AHS 115: Medical Terminology (3)
    • MBS 100: Introduction to the Health Care Field (2) OR HIT 100 OR HST 102: Healthcare Delivery and Management (3)
    • MBS 110: Medical Insurance and Claims Processing (6)
  • Spring Semester:
    • MBS 120: Coding for Reimbursement (4credit hrs) - CPT coding first 8 weeks
    • MBS 120: Coding for Reimbursement (4 credit hrs) - ICD coding second 8 weeks
    • An elective of choice (needed to meet financial aid requirements)

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age religion, marital status, sex or handicap in employment, educational programs or activities as set forth in Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973.