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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


April 12-13, 2001

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Dr. Helen Biblehimer, 203B Elliott Hall, x4521,

New Program Proposal

Faculty Member Preparing: J. Sheehe


Degree and Program Title:

AAS Degree in Medical Information Coding


Rationale for the Program:

Medical Information Coders are in great demand in Northern Pennsylvania and nationally. The U.S. Department of Labor website reports that the job prospects for Medical Information Coders is expected to grow much faster (increase of 36% or more) than the average for all occupations through 2008 because of the growth of medical tests, treatments, and procedures.


Program description for catalog:

The AAS Degree in Medical Information Coding is a two-year degree program offered by Mansfield University's Robert Packer Department of Health Sciences. The program prepares Medical Information Coders to assign codes to medical diagnoses and procedures. These cods determine the amount of the hospital or healthcare agency is reimbursed if the patient is covered by Medicare or other insurance programs. Coders also utilize computer applications to analyze patient data for the purposes of improving patient care and controlling healthcare costs.


Medical Information Coding students begin their first semester of study at Mansfield University. The following three semesters consist of course work and laboratory/hands-on experience at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Medical coders must be able to pay attention to detail because accuracy is essential. Jobs are found in hospitals, nursing homes, medical practice groups, clinics and home health agencies. Coders are also employed by insurance firs. Employment opportunity trends indicate an open job market that will continue into the future.


Effect proposal has on other programs:

Students should be able to take General Education courses which are already scheduled. The only exception may be offering a one credit wellness course in Sayre.


(The following information was posted on April 13, 2001:)



Course Descriptions of New Courses requested for the AAS Medical Information Coding:

(The complete New Course Report is available for each of these upon request)


CD 100 Fundamentals of Medical Terminology 3 cr Offered once a year

This course introduces students to medical terminology. It emphasizes the meanings of root words and their combining forms. Terminology related to etiology, symptomatology, pathology, and diagnostic procedures for specific medical conditions is also reviewed.


CD 105: Basic ICD-9-CM Coding 3 credits Offered once a year

This course introduces student to both nomenclature and coding systems. The student is expected to be able to apply basic ICD-9-CM coding concepts. Currently ICD-9-CM is one of the major medical coding classification systems used within the United States. The system is used to describe diagnoses and operative surgical and invasive) procedures.


CD 110: Basic CPT, HCPCS, and E and M Coding 3 credits Offered once a year

This course introduces students to basic ambulatory coding concepts and basic CPT/HCPS as well as basic E and M coding.


CD 120:Health Information Management for Coders 3 credits Offered once a year

This course introduces the student to the healthcare system, its organization, financing and services as well as the importance of the medical record The student learns about terminology and standardized forms used in medical records departments. Ethical, legal and compliance issues relating to medical records are also explored.


CD 205: Advanced ICD-9-Coding 3 credits Offered once a year

This course builds on the principles taught in CD 105. More advanced concepts of ICD-9-CM coding and Prospective Payment Systems (PPS) and Diagnostic Related Groups are presented.


CD 210: Advanced CPT, HCPCS, and E and M coding 5 credits Offered once a year

This course introduces students to advanced ambulatory coding concepts, advanced CPT/HCPCS, and advanced E and M coding.


CD 215:Medical Insurance, Reimbursement Methodology, and Medical Office Procedures

3 credits Offered once a year

This course introduces students to billing and reimbursement procedures. Discussion includes prospective payment systems, third party payers, billing and insurance procedures and charge master description. Relationships with Patient Business Services are presented.


CD 220: Pharmacology and Physiology for Medical Coding and Transcription 3 credits Offered once a year

This course introduces students to pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics appropriate for common medical problems encountered in medical coding and medical transcription. It also includes study of clinical pathology, including cytology, histology, and autopsy procedures.






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