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Areas of Study | | PHMB100 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding

This course introduces the theory, structure, and organization of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM). Emphasis is placed on diagnosis coding and applying coding principles that adhere to the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The student will learn ICD-10-CM conventions for proper use of the classification system. The course will cover how to sequence diagnosis codes according to the Official Guidelines for Reporting. In order to support accurate data in public health registries the student will learn the importance of validating diagnosis code accuracy using clinical information found in the health record and how to resolve discrepancies between coded data and supporting documentation. Due to the focus of this certificate on outpatient settings this course does not cover ICD-10-PCS codes which are used to code inpatient hospital procedures. There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is available for web registration. The expanded version of objectives is available from the Health Information Technology director.


This course is available for web registration.

The HITT106 ICD Coding course in the associate’s degree covers both ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS with a focus on inpatient as well as outpatient coding rules. HITT106 can replace PHMB100 for associate students but PHMB100 is not able to replace HITT106. The PHMB100 course focuses on ICD-10-CM only and coding in outpatient settings.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the ICD-10-CM conventions and sections of the official guidelines
  2. Recall the Benefits of ICD-10-CM
  3. Identify differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10
  4. Recognize the structure of the ICD-10-CM classification system
  5. Interpret the layout of the ICD-10-CM coding manual
  6. Apply the steps required to code diagnosis using the ICD-10-CM
  7. Determine the accuracy of diagnostic coding
  8. Verify that documentation in the health record supports the diagnosis
  9. Apply proper use of the ICD-10-CM classification system when coding a diagnosis
  10. Apply the ICD-10-CM conventions when coding a disease
  11. Adhere to current regulations and established guidelines in code assignment
  12. Apply all official current coding guidelines

ICD History
  • Development of ICD10
  • Rationale for Change
  • Comparison of ICD-9 and ICD-10
Introduction to ICD-10
  • Tabular list of disease and injuries
  • Code structure
  • Placeholders
  • Alphabetic Index
  • Numerical Entries
  • Connecting Words
  • Index Tables
ICD-10 Conventions
  • Inclusion vs Exclusion
  • Exclude 1 and Exclude 2
  • Abbreviations
  • Cross References
  • Punctuation Marks
  • Relational Terms
Ethical Coding and Billing
  • The correct designation of the principal diagnosis
  • Presence or absence of additional codes
  • Medical Record
ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines
  • Locating a code in ICD-10
  • Level of Detail in coding
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Conditions that are and are not integral to a disease process
  • Multiple coding for a single condition
  • Acute on Chronic
  • Sequela
  • Laterality
  • Infectious and Parasitic disease
  • Neoplasm
  • Disease of the blood and blood forming organs
  • Mental health
  • Disease of the Nervous System
  • Disease of the Eye
  • Disease of the Ear and Mastoid Process
  • Disease Circulatory System
  • Disease Respiratory system
  • Disease Digestive System
  • Disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue
  • Disease of musculoskeletal system
  • Disease of genitourinary system
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, and Puerperium
  • Perinatal Period
  • Congenital Malformations
  • External cause

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A point system will be used to determine student's grades:

90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
59% & below = F

NOTE: Must receive C or better to pass

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