Certified Outpatient Coder
This course is 100% online
This course is 100% online | Start anytime!
Outpatient Coder Certification Training
Become a Certified Outpatient Medical Coder
Recent changes in the US healthcare system have seen physicians and healthcare teams moving into clinics, hospital groups and surgical centers where they provide services on an outpatient basis. This 100% online course prepares you to be a medical coder for the unique outpatient coding environment. Upon successful completion, you will be prepared to take and pass the Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) exam from the American Academy of Professional Coders™ (AAPC).
Job Outlook for Certified Outpatient Coder
- The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts an 8% growth in the demand for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians between now and 2029. This is much faster than the rate for overall job growth.
- According to the AAPC, the average salary for medical coders is $$54,980 per year. Because they handle special reporting requirements, outpatient coders earn significantly more, averaging $65,028 per year.
Certified Outpatient Coder FAQs
HOW IS OUTPATIENT CODING DIFFERENT FROM STANDARD MEDICAL CODING?
Outpatient Coders are responsible to know and apply special requirements for reporting outpatient facility services. In addition, they are specially prepared to deal with reporting and reimbursement rules that apply to services performed in the outpatient environment.
IS CERTIFICATION VALUABLE FOR AN OUTPATIENT CODER?
The Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) designation signals that you have undergone a challenging course of preparation and certification for issues specifically related to outpatient care. Potential healthcare employers and work teams will recognize that you have the competency to work in medical coding, compliance, and reimbursement under outpatient grouping systems. COCs handle issues of medical necessity, claims denials, bundling issues, and charge capture as they apply to outpatient facilities.
IS CERTIFIED OUTPATIENT CODER A GOOD CHOICE FOR WORKING REMOTELY?
Many outpatient coders work from home or remote locations, often serving one or more outpatient facilities as employees or independent contractors. ZipRecruiter.com reports that outpatient coders earn $65,473 per year, on average, working remotely.
- Learn fundamental medical coding skills
- Acquire skills needed to review medical records and determine the appropriate CPT®, HCPCS Level II, and ICD-10-CM code sets
- Understand government/payer regulations
- Master coding for various conditions, including chronic and acute varieties
- Help outpatient hospitals and facilities receive appropriate reimbursement
- Be prepared for the AAPC Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) exam
- Gain AAPC membership, COC practice exams and access to the Practicode Tool
Prerequisites and Requirements
Strong knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology.
OUTPATIENT FACILITIES AND DEPARTMENTS
Begin the course by learning about outpatient facilities, outpatient hospital departments, typical outpatient hospital flow, typical ASC flow, Medicare resources, and CMS payment systems.
Understand the types of payers, outpatient code editor, and how Medicare appeals tie into the everyday duties of your job.
DOCUMENTATION AND STANDARDS
Learn the documentation and coding standards needed to succeed at work. This section of the course will cover anatomy and medical terminology, an introduction to ICD-10-CM coding, coding guidelines, and how to apply ICD-9-CM to your coding methods.
Understand the various functions of and codes for different parts of the body, including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and nervous systems.
Develop an understanding of the different hospital departments and learn the corresponding codes for each one.
PATIENT AND PAYMENT SYSTEMS
Learn about the CMS and outpatient prospective payment system, as well as the CMS and inpatient prospective payment system. The lesson will also cover inpatient coding and receive an introduction to ICD-10-PCS.
Lindsay-Anne McDonald Jenkins
Lindsay-Anne McDonald Jenkins, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CMPA, CANPC, CIRCC, RN, CRNA (retired), has more than 30 years of experience in health care working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Her CRNA work involved open heart, neurological, and thoracic anesthesia. After retirement from anesthesia, Ms. Jenkins worked as a coder and consultant for a physician billing company. While developing a passion for coding, she became a coding instructor and has taught many classes for CPC® certification. Ms. Jenkins has reviewed coding and text for AAPC, edited numerous books on physician coding, and has spoken to coding groups and physicians.
Krishna Kant, COC, is a Coding Coach in the Education Department at AAPC. He joined AAPC in 2014 and has been coaching students enrolled in AAPC's on-line Distance Learning classes including Medical Terminology, COC & CPC certification courses. He is a proud military veteran having served for 15 years in the Navy. He has worked for 14 years in the US Healthcare Industry and spent 10 years of his healthcare career in medical transcription.
Registration and Enrollment
This course is open enrollment. You can enroll and begin anytime.