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Certified Outpatient Coder  

This online course will teach you the competencies you'll need to sit for the AAPC Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) certification exam.

What you will learn

  • Learn fundamental medical coding skills
  • Acquire skills needed to review medical records and determine the appropriate CPT®, HCPCS Level II, and ICD-10-CM code sets
  • Understand government/payer regulations
  • Master coding for various conditions including chronic and acute varieties

How you will benefit

  • Be prepared for the AAPC Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) exam
  • Gain AAPC membership, COC practice exams and access to the Practicode Tool
  • Help outpatient hospitals and facilities receive appropriate reimbursement
  • Evaluate your skills throughout the course by completing quizzes and exams


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Windows Media Player or a similar program.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • AMA's CPT® Professional
  • HCPCS Level II Professional
  • ICD-10-CM Expert for Hospitals

The recommended reference material is optional, but it is recommended that you purchase the latest version should you choose to pursue for additional certifications:

  • Medical dictionary, any publisher

Medical coding for outpatient facilities is an important skillset to help outpatient hospitals/facilities receive appropriate reimbursement and maintain compliance with coding guidelines and government/payer regulations. The material is presented in a step-by-step manner, and you will learn by completing readings and completing interactive lectures. The course also includes quizzes and exams, so you can test your skills at regular intervals throughout the material. Through these methods, you will learn essential introductory and advanced medical coding skills for outpatient hospitals/facilities.

You will also receive access to the AAPC Advanced ICD-10-CM Online Code Set Training which will take your ICD-10-CM coding skills to a higher level. You will get hands-on training that includes coding for conditions such as, clinical concepts for comprehensive coding of conditions, insight on chronic and acute conditions, and practical coding exercises. Upon completion of this course you will be prepared for the AAPC Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) exam.

This course offers enrollment with or without a voucher. The voucher is prepaid access to AAPC membership, COC practice exams, access to the Practicode tool, and the AAPC Certified Outpatient Coder (COC™) exam.

  1. Outpatient Hospital Facilities and Departments
    1. Outpatient Facilities
    2. Outpatient Hospital Departments
  2. Business in the Facility
    1. Typical Outpatient Hospital Flow
    2. Typical ASC Flow
  3. CMS Payment Systems (OPPS, DRG, IPPS, Revenue Codes) Overview
    1. Medicare Resources
    2. CMS Payment Systems
  4. Facility Billing
    1. Types of Payers
    2. Outpatient Code Editor (OCE)
    3. Medicare Appeals
  5. Compliance in the Outpatient Facility
    1. Compliance in the Facility
    2. OIG Work Plan
    3. Teaching Facilities
  6. Documentation and Coding Standards
  7. Anatomy and Medical Terminology
  8. Introduction to ICD-10-CM Coding
  9. ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines with ICD-9-CM Application
  10. Introduction to CPT®, HCPCS Level II, Surgery Guidelines, and Modifiers for Facilities
    1. Introduction to CPT
    2. Introduction to HCPCS Level II
    3. Introduction to the Global Surgical Package and Modifiers
  11. Evaluation and Management Services for Facilities
  12. Integumentary System
  13. Musculoskeletal System
  14. Respiratory, Hemic, and Lymphatic Systems
  15. Cardiovascular System
  16. Digestive System
  17. Urinary System and Male Genital System
  18. Female Reproductive System
  19. Endocrine and Nervous Systems
  20. Eye, Ocular Adnexa, and Auditory Systems
  21. Radiology
  22. Pathology and Laboratory
  23. Medicine
  24. CMS and Outpatient Prospective Payment System
  25. CMS and Inpatient Prospective Payment System
  26. Inpatient Coding Overview with an introduction to ICD-10-PCS
    1. Introduction to ICD-10-PCS Guidelines – Parts 1 & 2
  27. Midterm and Final Exam

Lindsay-Anne McDonald Jenkins, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CMPA, CANPC, CIRCC, RN, CRNA (retired), has more than 30 years of experience in health care working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Her CRNA work involved open heart, neurological, and thoracic anesthesia. After retirement from anesthesia, Ms. Jenkins worked as a coder and consultant for a physician billing company. While developing a passion for coding, she became a coding instructor and has taught many classes for CPC® certification. Ms. Jenkins has reviewed coding and text for AAPC, edited numerous books on physician coding, and has spoken to coding groups and physicians.

Krishna Kant, COC, is a Coding Coach in the Education Department at AAPC. He joined AAPC in 2014 and has been coaching students enrolled in AAPC's on-line Distance Learning classes including Medical Terminology, COC & CPC certification courses. He is a proud military veteran having served for 15 years in the Navy. He has worked for 14 years in the US Healthcare Industry and spent 10 years of his healthcare career in medical transcription.

Nitesh Kareer, COC, has more than 12 years of experience in Medical Transcription Industry working as a Medical Transcriptionist, Trainer, Quality Analyst, and Quality Manager. He was also involved in Vendor Management and Training for assurance of quality services to the client. He started working as a medical coder in 2012. Nitesh joined AAPC in 2014 and since been working as a coding coach involved in answering student's queries and grading their course assignments.


Certified Outpatient Coder
Item: 202003CTP21490  
Class Dates: 7/1/2020 - 9/30/2020                                              Fee: $1,995.00
This is an on-demand Career Training Program Course offered by Ed2Go.  Class begins upon registration and completion of Student Enrollment Agreement in Ed2Go. Click on Course Title for complete course description.