MSU Billings Catalog

AHMS - Allied Health: Medical Support

AHMS 105 Health Care Delivery. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring

Develops the student’s understanding of the history of health care delivery in the United States; American beliefs and values regarding health care delivery; barriers to accessing health care services; how health care is paid for in the United States; as well as current laws, developments, and key forces that are likely to shape the delivery of health care services in the future. Offered ONLY Online.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Health Occupations - COT

AHMS 144 Medical Terminology. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Introduces the student to the specialized language of the medical profession and builds a background vocabulary in this area using a word-building system which provides a solid foundation for understanding medical terms. Basic word-building concepts are taught with emphasis on spelling, pronunciation, and definitions.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Health Occupations - COT

AHMS 154 Advanced Medical Terminology. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall

Prerequisite(s): AHMS 144.

Builds on the knowledge obtained in AHMS 144. Develops the student’s understanding of medical terminology as it applies to diseases, disease processes, treatments, and surgical techniques as they apply to each body system. Offered ONLY Online.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Health Occupations - COT

AHMS 156 Medical Billing Fundamentals. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall

Develops the student’s understanding of common commercial, managed care, and federal health insurance plans in the U.S. Teaches billing processes and procedures, as well as legal, regulatory, and ethical issues in health insurance. Offered ONLY Online.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Health Occupations - COT

AHMS 160 Beginning Procedural Coding. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Develops the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for students to correlate a numerical code to a handwritten or typed procedure description generated by clinical staff in the health care setting for insurance purposes utilizing the principles of Current Procedural Terminology 4th edition (CPT-4). This course is required for the Medical Coding and Insurance Billing Certificate.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Health Occupations - COT

AHMS 162 Beginning Diagnosis Coding. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Develops the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a student to correlate a numerical code to a handwritten or typed diagnosis description generated by clinical staff in the health care setting for insurance purposes utilizing published ICD-CM. Also emphasizes the standards for accuracy in medical coding. This course is required for the Medical Coding and Insurance Billing Certificate.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Health Occupations - COT

AHMS 175 Medical Law and Ethics. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring

Addresses legal and ethical issues relevant to the healthcare field. Students will learn the importance of a professional code of ethics and the consequences of illegal or unethical behavior in health care. The course will also help the student distinguish among law, ethics, bioethics, etiquette, and protocol.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Health Occupations - COT

AHMS 210 Basic Medical Coding. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall

Develops the student’s ability to extract necessary information from the medical record to find Diagnosis and Procedure, use the Index and Tabular List in the code book to find the Diagnosis code that will prove medical necessity, use the Index and Tabular List in the code book to find the Procedure Code associated with the diagnosis and procedure, and analyze and accurately interpret evidence to make appropriate decisions based on professional standards. Offered ONLY Online.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Health Occupations - COT

AHMS 220 Medical Office Procedures. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Emphasizes the standards for accuracy in health insurance claims processing and professional reporting which includes accurate claim form completion, an introduction to national coding requirements, medical ethics and legal responsibilities, and medical and insurance terminology.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Health Occupations - COT

AHMS 250 Advanced Medical Coding. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Develops the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for students to correlate a numerical code to a handwritten or typed procedure description generated by clinical staff in the health care setting for insurance purposes utilizing the principles of CPT-4, ICD-CM, and HCPCS Coding. This course is required for the Medical Coding and Insurance Billing Certificate.

Department: Health Occupations - COT

AHMS 255 Medical Transcription I. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall

Prerequisite(s): TASK 202.

Provides students with opportunities to transcribe taped medical reports from chapters organized by medical specialty. Students are required to use medical references skillfully while improving their transcribing skills. The taped material presents realistic report excerpts.

Lecture Hours 2, Lab Hours 2

Department: Business Management - COT

AHMS 299 Capstone Project. 1 Credit

Evaluates and expands the student’s knowledge of medical coding, insurance billing, and individual professionalism through job shadowing with a local coder, completing a resume building session, and attending test preparation sessions with focus on the national coding exam.

Lecture Hours 1

Department: Health Occupations - COT