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Diagnostic Coding

Course NumberOAT 243
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: ENG 111 (or OAT 151) and HSC 105 and BIO 101W (or BIO 101 equivalent: BIO 140, or BIO 152 and 153, or BIO 171 and 172, or BIO 240 and 241); all with a minimum grade of "C". Presents terminology, classification systems, diagnosis-related groups, and data-abstracting techniques using automated and manual systems. Introduces current ICD diagnostic coding conventions and guidelines. Builds practical application skills in code assignment from brief diagnostic statements to more complex coding scenarios and case studies. Course may be taken concurrently with OAT 244 Procedure Coding. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Identify diagnostic terminology.
  1. Abstract necessary information from patient care documentation.
  2. Explain the critical differences between a diagnosis and a procedure.
  3. Use references to understand the diagnosis.
  4. Classify users of clinical vocabulary as clinical or administrative based on their role in healthcare.

Determine an accurate code for a given diagnosis.
  1. Abstract necessary information from patient care documentation.
  2. Apply coding guidelines to assign codes from various diagnostic coding systems.
  3. Cross reference a chosen diagnosis code to assure accuracy.
  4. Apply coding principles to healthcare scenarios and diagnostic statements.
  5. Determine the various healthcare and classification systems that would apply.
  6. Relate diagnostic grouping to reimbursement grouping based on healthcare setting.

Demonstrate professionalism appropriate for the workplace.
  1. Participate in class.
  2. Follow written and oral directions.
  3. Complete and submit assignments on time.
  4. Participate constructively in activities.
  5. Display civility toward other class members and the instructor.
  6. Demonstrate academic integrity.

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