Practical Coding Experience: Outpatient


Practical, hands-on experience assigning ICD-10-CM diagnosis and CPT procedure codes to a wide range of outpatient health records: physician-based, ambulatory, clinics, emergency room, and surgical day care.

CEUs:  6    6 AHIMA    6 AAPC
Included in eLearning Library. Price per person. Group rates available.

Practical, hands-on experience assigning ICD-10-CM diagnosis and CPT procedure codes to a wide range of outpatient health records: physician-based, ambulatory, clinics, emergency room, and surgical day care.

Perfect for coding students or beginner coders, a total of 154 carefully selected case studies provide ample practice. Practical Coding Experience: Outpatient will take you from beginner to intermediate level coding skills.

  • Real-world coding experience to transition you from books and theory to workforce ready:
    • Code in strict adherence to current definitions and guidance for assigning ICD-10-CM and CPT codes for diagnosis and outpatient procedures.
    • Apply the classification system, conventions and official guidelines accurately and with confidence
    • Capture diagnoses that meet the UHDDS definition of a secondary diagnosis
    • Learn how to select the proper CPT code(s) to capture the entire procedure and apply modifiers correctly
  • Instructor available on-call to answer your questions.
  • Carefully selected case studies offer realistic outpatient coding challenges:  learn to code from Operative Notes, History and Physicals (H&Ps), radiology reports, laboratory results, clinic notes, and anesthesia notes.
  • Validate coding accuracy according to documentation in the health record. Identify and resolve potential issues between the data coded and the supporting documentation.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in regulations pertaining to the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the American Recovery Act (ARRA) requirements.
  • Work in accordance with ethical standards required as an allied health professional.

Practical Coding Experience: Outpatient provides the coder with practice in real world coding:

  • to sharpen coding skills in preparation for a job interview
  • to position yourself as a skilled coder ready for career advancement
  • to ensure your coding skills are up to any coding challenge
  • to receive meaningful feedback and identify areas needing additional study
  • to prepare for the types of records seen on coding credential exams

Interested in inpatient coding?  See Practical Coding Experience: Inpatient

Or purchase them together and save! See Practical Coding Experience: Hospital Services

Practical Coding Experience – Outpatient
Detailed Course Syllabus

1. Coding Review
Review characteristics and conventions of the ICD-10-CM classification system.

2. Basic Principles of CPT
Review CPT organization, structure and guidelines. Practice applying CPT codes in each body system.

3. Ambulatory Health Records Coding Practice
Code case studies from ambulatory surgical medical records of various healthcare settings.

4. Physician-Based Health Record Coding Practice
Code case studies for physician-based records and clinic visits.

5. Advanced Ambulatory Health Record Coding Practice
Code advanced case studies from ambulatory surgical medical records of various healthcare settings.

6. Advanced Physician-Based Health Record Coding Practice
Review CPT organization, structure, and guidelines. Practice applying CPT codes in each body system.

Final Assessment
The final assessment will consist of 50 multiple choice questions covering coding guidelines and coding case scenarios of outpatient services.

The level of effort to complete this course, start to finish, is equivalent to 6 CEUs and should take you approximately 6-18 hours to complete. Remember: You have access to the course materials for the full 16-week enrollment period and we encourage you to re-review any materials that are helpful to you.

Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of the course work, student will be able to download a Libman Education Certificate of Completion. The Certificate of Completion will list the course as awarding 6 CEUs.

This course has been approved for continuing education units (CEUs) for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

  • WebinarPlus™ multimedia and interactive online course promotes engagement with challenging materials while offering independent self-study.
  • Teaching methods including audio and video files, diagrams, and animations to accommodate different learning styles. Where appropriate, the Merck Manual Professional Version supplements course materials with in-depth descriptions of diagnoses and/or procedures.
  • Knowledge checks and/or final assessment ensure mastery of material.
  • Online Flexibility! Materials available via secure Learning Management System (LMS). 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. Courses purchased as a bundle or package may have a longer enrollment period.
  • Extensions to the enrollment period are available. Contact Libman Education for pricing.
  • Price listed is per person/per course. Group rates available upon request.

Special pricing available for groups. Train your entire team!

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Angela Lima, BS, CCS, CDIP, COC, CIC, AAPC-Approved Instructor

Angela Lima 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 Education 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.

Ruth Berger, MS, RHIA
Ruth Berger is the HIT Program Coordinator at Florida Gateway College in Lake City, Florida. She holds the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) certification of Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). Ruth has a master’s degree in career and technical education from the University of Wisconsin—Stout, a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from Southern Illinois University, and an associate of applied science in medical records from the College of Lake County. Ruth brings decades of accredited HIM experience to her over 10-year-long teaching role in an associate degree program. She has previously worked in acute care as a manager of coding and compliance, been the assistant director of an HIM department, and held many other roles in HIM. Ruth has served on numerous committees and advisory boards in her career.

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