The Professional Practical Experience (PPE) – ICD-10 is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in the field of medical coding. Students will perform actual tasks as a coder, assigning diagnosis and procedure codes to various types of patient records in both the outpatient setting and inpatient setting: everything from simple doctor visits, to emergency room, to inpatient stays. Hands on experience entails applying codes to case studies that include (but are not limited to) Discharge Summaries, Operative Notes, and History and Physicals (H&Ps).
- Demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:
- clinical coding;
- regulations pertaining to the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the American Recovery Act (ARRA) requirements; and
- follow high quality ethical standards as an allied health professional.
- Comply and adhere to current standards and regulations assigning ICD and CPT codes for diagnosis and procedures.
- Validate coding accuracy according to documentation in the health record.
- Analyze patient health record to identify and select principal diagnosis and/or secondary diagnosis.
- Identify and resolve potential issues between the data coded and the supporting documentation.
A detailed course syllabus including week by week description of materials covered is available here.
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.
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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