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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 13:47

By Paula Evans

Have you ever wondered how we know that heart disease is the number one killer in America?

Medical coding is one of the primary ways that data is collected for medical research. Coders translate medical diagnosis into electronic data so that health care providers are reimbursed and statistical data is collected.

This data is used for a wide range of purposes like tracking diseases and helping Administrators determine if a hospital’s facilities are being used effectively and if they are adequate for the needs of the community. Understanding coding opens up a new way to understand the world around us.

In recognizing the growing demand in the local medical industry for qualified Medical Coders, Castro Valley Adult and Career Education is offering two sequential 8-week Beginning and Advanced Coding courses.

• Beginning Coding: Learn the foundational skills of a Medical Coding Specialist who assigns a universal numeric code to each symptom, treatment, diagnosis and medical procedure for the purpose of payment, notifications and statistical data. Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., July 13-Aug. 31.

• Advanced Coding:  This course takes the precision skills of coding to the next level adding specific rules and compliance issues for each specialty area of medical codes.

Instruction includes the use of ICD-9, CPT and HCPCS coding books. Upon completion of both sections, students are prepared to take national certification. Fridays, 8:30 am-2:30 pm, Sept. 14-Nov. 2.

Students who take the Coding courses may also take Medical Billing, Insurance & Office Procedures to enhance valuable knowledge that add to their complete package of skills and competitive edge for employment.

Other medical training courses offered by Castro Valley Adult to consider include Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Clinical Medical Assistant, Administrative Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide, and Pharmacology.

If you are not sure which medical career path to take, consider attending the free Medical and Computer Information Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21 in Room 16.

For detailed information on the educational programs and services offered through Castro Valley Adult and Career Education, call 510-886-1000, visit us in person at 4430 Alma Ave., Castro Valley, check our website, or visit us on Facebook.



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