SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2022 3:59:26 PMMA 168 Course Outline as of Fall 2022

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  MA 168Title:  MEDICAL INSUR BILLING  
Full Title:  Basic Medical Office Insurance Billing
Last Reviewed:2/14/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  MA 68.1

Catalog Description:
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In this course, students will develop basic knowledge and skills for understanding major health insurance plans as related to medical office billing.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of MA 160, MA 161, MA 162, MA 163, MA 167; AND Concurrent Enrollment in MA 164, MA 165, MA 169, and MA 174


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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In this course, students will develop basic knowledge and skills for understanding major health insurance plans as related to medical office billing.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of MA 160, MA 161, MA 162, MA 163, MA 167; AND Concurrent Enrollment in MA 164, MA 165, MA 169, and MA 174
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Describe the major types of health insurance plans and use appropriate medical insurance
billing and coding terminology.
2. Analyze the claims process, pre-service authorization, patient and medical office responsibilities and guidelines for major insurance claims.
3. Accurately complete a variety of health insurance claim forms extracting information from
medical records and choosing appropriate diagnostic and procedural codes.

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In order to achieve these learning outcomes, during the course students will be able to:
1.   Define common insurance medical and diagnostic terms.
2.   Describe the major federal, state, and private health insurance plans.
3.   Extract from patient records information for completing insurance plans.
4.   List criteria for eligibility, benefits, payments, timelines, billing limitations, deductibles, and forms for major plans.
5.   Explain the procedures and criteria for prior authorizations for major plans.
6.   Correctly choose appropriate coding books according to plan/billing regulations.
7.   Describe the differences between procedural and diagnostic coding books.
8.   Code basic levels of service and procedures properly, using the appropriate coding books and specific guidelines for each plan.
9.   Accurately complete a series of health insurance claims for various plans, given patient's chart notes.
10. Interpret benefits received and apply correctly to patient and office accounting records.
11. Fill out a prior authorization form.
12. Interpret Explanation of Benefits/Remittance Advice.
13. Identify fraud and abuse regulations.
14. Understand medical necessity as it relates to insurance claims.
15. Understanding changing healthcare regulations as they occur.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to Medical Insurance
     A. Types of medical insurance
     B. Terminology of medical insurance
     C. Introduction to procedural and diagnostic coding
II. The Health Insurance Claim Form
     A. Claims process
     B. Pre service authorizations
     C. Patient responsibilities
     D. Medical office responsibilities
     E. Preparation of the form: procedures, instructions
     F. Requirements of the three major fiscal agents
     G. Special problems: abstracting information, timelines, legal implications
III. Major Types of Health Care Insurance Plans
    A. MediCal/Medicaid/Partnership Health Plan
    B. Medicare/Medi-Medi
     C. Blue Cross/Blue Shield
     D. Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), Independent Provider Organizations (IPO)
     E. Disability: Workers Compensation
IV. Criteria and Guidelines for Major Plans
     A. Benefits and eligibility
     B. Participating providers' responsibilities
     C. Schedules of deductibles and fee payments for major plans (i.e. Medicare and Military)
    D. Covered services
     E. Pre-authorization regulations and procedures
     F. Billing limitations and timelines
     G. Procedural and diagnostic coding requirements
V. Changes in Healthcare
    A. Affordable Care Act (ACA)
    B. Healthcare delivery changes
    C. Implementation and navigation of the ACA
    D. Analyze other healthcare law and its relationship to healthcare delivery

Assignments:
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1. Read 35-50 pages of text per week
2. Complete 10-15 mid-chapter review questions per week
3. Complete 25-30 end of chapter review questions per week
4. Define 15-25 vocabulary words for each chapter per week
5. Complete 1-2 prior authorization insurance claim(s) by identifying procedural and diagnostic codes
6. Complete 4-6 insurance claims throughout semester
7. 3 quizzes
8. Final exam

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
15 - 35%
Prior authorization insurance claim(s), regular insurance claims, and vocabulary words
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 35%
Mid and end of chapter review questions
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 65%
Quizzes and final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Billing and Reimbursement. 14th ed. Green, Michelle. 2019

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