ICD-10-PCS: Introduction to Procedure Coding


ICD-10-PCS:  Introduction to Procedure Coding is a foundational course for students without previous coding experience. Focuses on the organization of ICD-10-PCS, identifies coding conventions specific to procedure coding, and provides chapter-specific coding instruction.

CEUs:     18 AHIMA      18 AAPC
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Coding of inpatient surgical procedures requires specialized knowledge. After completing this course, the student will be able to:
• Describe the purpose of ICD-10-PCS and how it is used
• Understand the ICD-10-PCS root operations
• Accurately apply ICD-10-PCS codes for all types of procedures
• Apply the ICD-10-PCS coding conventions and guidelines
• Apply chapter-specific guidelines and select proper procedure codes from ICD-10-PCS
• Demonstrate proficiency in use of ICD-10-PCS codes

  • Multimedia and interactive online course offering independent self-study.
  • Knowledge checks and/or final assessment ensure mastery of material.
  • Online Flexibility! Materials available 24/7. Work at your own pace — save time and travel costs.
  • Earn Libman Education Certificate of Completion and CEUs.
  • To receive CEU credit, students must achieve a passing rate on the course assessment(s).
  • Course is self-paced. For planning purposes, assume 1-3 hours required for each CEU.
  • Unlimited course access during enrollment period. For courses offering greater than one CEU, enrollment period is 16 weeks. For courses offering one or fewer CEUs, enrollment period is 4 weeks.
  • Extensions to the enrollment period are available. Contact Libman Education for pricing.
  • Financing available through PayPal Credit.
  • Price listed is per person/per course. Group rates available upon request.

ICD-10-PCS: Introduction to Procedure Coding

Module 1 We will start this course by reviewing the key terms related to ICD-10-PCS, discuss the purpose and use of ICD-10-PCS, identify where ICD-10-PCS is used, and understand the classification format.

Module 2 How to locate a code in the Medical and Surgical Section of ICD-10-PCS, explain the code arrangement of the Medical and Surgical Section, and learn how to build a code with the information provided.

Module 3 introduces the Obstetrics section of ICD-10-PCS. We will review the character meanings, discuss the root operations specific to this section, identify the body-part values and approach, device and qualifiers used in the Obstetrics section.

Module 4 focuses on the Placement Section of ICD-10-PCs. We will review the character meanings, the root operations and body-part values in the Placement Section.

Module 5 The Administration Section reports procedures that are therapeutic, prophylactic, protective, diagnostic, nutritional or when a physiological substance is put into or on the body.

Module 6 covers measurement and monitoring reports procedures in which a physiological or physical function is measured or monitored.

Module 7 Coding for the Extracorporeal Assistance and Performance and the Extracorporeal Therapies report procedures where a physiological or physical function is performed by equipment outside of the body. The term “extracorporeal” means outside of the body.

Module 8 Osteopathic services are usually performed by a physician specially trained in osteopathic manipulation. A chiropractor treats the body as a whole with the belief that all body functions are connected.

Module 9 will focus on Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Oncology services. We will review the codes associated with these services and practice coding from this section.

Module 10 Many different specialties are involved in the Physical Rehabilitation and Diagnostic Audiology section of ICD-10-PCS. These include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and diagnostic audiology. We will review the character meanings, root types, body systems and procedure coding specific to this module.

Module 11 The Module in our course will review procedures that are specific to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment. We will review the terms, root operations, character meanings and code selection for this section.

Angela Lehoux, BS, CCS, CDIP, CIC, COC, CPC-I

Angela Lehoux is a coder with 25 years of experience in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room coding; an instructor and education specialist for Libman Education courses; and Director of Training and Operations for Libman Education where she is responsible for ensuring that our training is accurate, easily accessible, and challenging. Angela believes in the transformational power of education to help individuals achieve their personal and career goals and for institutions to achieve operating success. She develops and reviews course content and is the teacher for Libman Education’s Medical Coder Career Program (MCCP), courses on ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, and review courses for the CCA, CCS, CIC, and COC credentials. Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management.

Pamela J. Haney, MS, RHIA, CCS, CIC, COC
Pamela J. Haney is the Coding Trainer Lead for the “American Apprenticeship Grant Program” at the AHIMA Foundation funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. While Director of Training and Education for Libman Education, Pam was responsible for the writing and/or development of online and instructor-led courses in health information management and medical record coding. An experienced educator, Pam serves as faculty and advisory committee member for medical coding and HIT programs, and has over thirty years experience as a Director of HIM and Coding Services. She is an AHIMA certified ICD-10 trainer and received the 2013 AHIMA Triumph Award in the Mentor category. Pam was a beta tester for the AAPC CIC™ exam and one of the first to receive the CIC™ certification.


“[Pam’s] outstanding achievements in staff development and mentoring have opened doors and touched the lives of many grateful new coders who would not have had the opportunity to expand their horizons without her.” — Journal of AHIMA, November – December 2013

“Despite the difficulties of finding coders in rural Maine, Haney set a standard requiring all staff to be credentialled. She identified colleagues and students waiting to take their careers to the next level, and has mentored each one. She also led by example by earning her CCS credential along with the majority of her staff.” — AHIMA, in recognition of Haney’s 2013 Mentor Award

“I truly thank you Libman Group for your wonderful courses that have contributed to my success.” — Leslie Jay Corn, CCS, CPC, CCA/ER Coding Analyst/Boston Medical Center OR LogixHealth

“Pam should to be commended for her dedication to the Health Information Management profession especially in her role as a mentor to her employees, HIM students, and her colleagues. Her willingness to provide support and opportunities for improvement and accomplishment has been ongoing throughout her career and continues on today as we approach our next challenge in transitioning to ICD-10.” — Millis Blackburn Perry, RHIA, CCS, CPC, Director of Coding Services, Synernet, Inc.

“Most recently I had two opportunities to work closely with Pam providing coder development education to her staff. Pam demonstrated her commitment to the development of her staff members by investing time and resources in their education. She leads by example, asking others to do only what she herself is willing to do. Pam facilitated the professional development of staff members lucky enough to have her as their boss.” — Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC, Barry Libman Inc.

“I want to thank you so much for the fabulous presentation for our membership today that Pam Haney provided. It was very informative and great information for our attendees.” — Gloria Litton, RHIA, CCS, Virginia HIMA, on Pam’s presentation for the VHIMA Webinar “Mastering Physician Queries in the Hospital Setting”

“Thank you! Looking forward to this course- LOVE the ‘we want you to succeed’ attitude. Looking forward to you being our teacher and you sharing your knowledge and experience.” — MCCP Student


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