Basic Coding Dictionary:

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Basic Coding Dictionary:

CAC

CEUs

CEC

CCS (Certified Coding Specialist)

Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

CPC (Certified Professional Coder)

Encoder: Also see CAC

ICD-10

ICD-10-CM

ICD-10-CM/PCS

ICD-9

Meaningful Use


CAC: Computer-assisted coding applications. See encoder. Software which facilitates and supports coding efficiency when used along with credentialed coders. It is a tool which can enhance the coding process, but does not replace credentialed coders.


CEUs: Continuing education units, AKA CEC (continuing education credits). These are required by credentialing organizations to assure that credentialed coders maintain and update their coding skills. They can be found on the web sites of the professional credentialing organizations. Employers who hire medical coders prefer, and usually require, coders who have coding credentials. See our web site, www.andrewsschool.com/coding for more details.


CECs: Continuing education credits, AKA CECs (continuing education units). These are required by credentialing organizations to assure that credentialed coders maintain and update their coding skills. They can be found on the web sites of the professional credentialing organizations. Employers who hire medical coders prefer, and usually require, coders who have coding credentials. See our web site, www.andrewsschool.com/coding for more details.


CCS (Certified Coding Specialist): According to the AHIMA web site, the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential demonstrates that CCSs are skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, generally in a hospital setting. The CCS credential demonstrates a practitioner's tested data quality and integrity skills, and mastery of coding proficiency. The Andrews School recommends that graduates of The Andrews School sit for the CCS exam so they will be better able to qualify for any hospital inpatient positions they may wish to pursue. Also see CPC or Certified Professional Coder, another credential recommended by The Andrews School in order to enhance career income potential. We recommend that our graduates sit for both the CPC and CCS exams.


Certified Coding Specialist (CCS): According to the AHIMA web site, the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential demonstrates that CCSs are skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, generally in a hospital setting. The CCS credential demonstrates a practitioner's tested data quality and integrity skills, and mastery of coding proficiency. The Andrews School recommends that graduates of The Andrews School sit for the CCS exam so they will be better able to qualify for any hospital inpatient positions they may wish to pursue. Also see CPC or Certified Professional Coder, another credential recommended by The Andrews School in order to enhance career income potential. We recommend that our graduates sit for both the CPC and CCS exams.


Certified Professional Coder (CPC): According to the AAPC web site, the CPC is an Outpatient Physician Office Certification. The CPC certification validates proficiency in the correct application of CPT, HCPCS Level II procedure and supply codes, and ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes used for coding and billing for medical claims in a physician's office. The Andrews School recommends that graduates of The Andrews School sit for the CPC exam so they will be better able to qualify for any outpatient positions they may wish to pursue. Also see CCS or Certified Coding Specialist, another credential recommended by The Andrews School in order to enhance career income potential. We recommend that our graduates sit for both the CPC and CCS exams.


CPC (Certified Professional Coder): According to the AAPC web site, the CPC is an Outpatient Physician Office Certification. 'The CPC certification validates proficiency in the correct application of CPT, HCPCS Level II procedure and supply codes, and ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes used for coding and billing for medical claims in a physician's office. The Andrews School recommends that graduates of The Andrews School sit for the CPC exam so they will be better able to qualify for any outpatient positions they may wish to pursue. Also see CCS or Certified Coding Specialist, another credential recommended by The Andrews School in order to enhance career income potential. We recommend that our graduates sit for both the CPC and CCS exams.


Encoder: Also see CAC. Software which facilitates and supports coding efficiency when used along with credentialed coders. It is a tool which can enhance the coding process, but does not replace credentialed coders.


ICD-10: Classification system created by the World Health Organization (WHO). ICD stands for the International Classification of Diseases. It does not contain a coding system for procedures. That is not its purpose. Not all medical coders are trained and/or credentialed in ICD-10. Some are limited to only outpatient coding, which greatly limits the job options they will have over the course of their careers. Employers who hire medical coders prefer, and usually require, coders who have coding credentials. See our web site, www.andrewsschool.com/coding for more details.


ICD-10-CM: International Classification of Disease - 10th Revision - Clinical Modification. This is a clinical modification developed for the United States, to classify and report diseases. Not all medical coders are trained and/or credentialed in ICD-10. Some are limited to only outpatient coding, which greatly limits the job options they will have over the course of their careers. Employers who hire medical coders prefer, and usually require, coders who have coding credentials. See our web site, www.andrewsschool.com/coding for more details.


ICD-10-CM/PCS: This is a procedural classification system developed by CMS (Medicare and Medicaid). It replaces ICD-9-CM procedural coding and is used to report procedures done in hospitals as inpatients. ICD-10-PCS procedure codes are designed for hospital inpatient services only. Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes are used for physician and outpatient services. Not all medical coders are trained and/or credentialed in ICD-10. Some are limited to only outpatient coding, which greatly restricts the job options they will have over the course of their careers. Employers who hire medical coders prefer, and usually require, coders who have coding credentials. See our web site, www.andrewsschool.com/coding for more details.


ICD-9: The International Classification of Disease system currently being used. It went into effect in 1979 and is badly out of date. For that reason, it is scheduled to be replaced on October 1, 2015 by ICD-10.


Meaningful Use: According to HealthIT.gov, Meaningful use (MU) is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to: Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities. Engage patients and family. Improve care coordination, and population and public health.