Specialty Medical Coding Certification
Course Information and Features
The specialty credentials enable coders to show superior levels of expertise in specialized hospital section. These specialty credentials are stand-alone certifications and require no prior certifications.
SMCC certification allows coders to validate their knowledge in a specialty with unique coding, reimbursement and compliance challenges.
Specialty exams measure the real world application of medical coding. In addition to questions regarding the correct application of ICD-10-CM, CPT, HCPCS Level II and modifier coding assignments, examinees will also be tested on specialty-specific coding and regulations.
- Specialized sections in ICD-10 CM, CPT, and HCPCS for various specialties like gastroenterology, ophthalmology, Cardiology, orthopedics, dermatology, Internal medicine, General surgery, etc.
- Assignment of Modifiers for correct payment policies.
- Evaluation and management (both the 1995 and 1997 Documentation Guidelines).
- Rules and regulations of Medicare billing including (but not limited to) incident to, teaching situations, shared visits, consultations, and global surgery.
- Coding of surgical procedures performed by ophthalmologists such as thoracentesis, laceration repair, fracture care, foreign body removal, etc.
- Coding of moderate sedation
- Time-based coding
- Medical terminology
- Anatomy and physiology
- Ambulatory Surgical Center – CASC
- Anesthesia and Pain Management – CANPC
- Cardiology – CCC
- Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery – CCVTC
- Dermatology – CPCD
- Emergency Department – CEDC
- Evaluation and Management – CEMC
- Family Practice – CFPC
- Gastroenterology – CGIC
- General Surgery – CGSC
- Hematology and Oncology – CHONC
- Obstetrics Gynecology – COBGC
- Ophthalmology – COPC
- Orthopedic Surgery – COSC
- Pediatrics – CPEDC
- Rheumatology – CRHC
- Urology – CUC
- Interventional Radiology and Cardiovascular – CIRCC
Any degree in life science or medically related subjects or 2 years of experience in medical coding in hospitals.