Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: POFM-1300 (Section: 71M, CRN: 93100)
Basic Medical Coding
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Instructor Information
Instructor Tonya Harbert
Email keithtj@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6501
Office Umphrey Industrial Technology Center - Room: 201H
Office Hours Monday-Thursday, Office Hours by Appointment Only. (Virtual appointments are available.)
Additional Contact Information
Course Information
Description Presentation and application of basic coding rules, principles, guidelines, and conventions utilizing various coding systems.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Buck’s Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2023 by Elsevier
ISBN: 9780323874120

Buck’s Medical Coding Online for Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2023 by Elsevier
ISBN: 9780323874205

Hospital Inpatient Coder Bundle 2023 [includes 2 manuals (ICD-10-CM & ICD-10-PCS)]
ISBN: 9781646312214

* All required course materials are covered by the Book Bundle. That cost is part of the student's tuition unless they opt out.

Additional Materials/Resources N/A
Corequisites/Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes

o   WECM

§  This class uses ICD-10-CM & ICD-10-PCS coding manuals

§  Suggested Prerequisite: Medical Terminology and basic keyboarding and computer skills

§  Course Level: Introductory

§  Course Description: Presentation and application of basic coding rules, principles, guidelines, and conventions utilizing various coding systems.

§  End-of-Course Outcomes: Abstract information from health records for appropriate code validation; code procedures and diagnoses; and apply decision-making skills to ensure proper sequencing.

§  Lab Recommended

o   Key Matrix for Medical Coding program

§  (1) Properly applies diagnosis and procedure codes to medical charts, records and related documents

·         1.1 Enters or confirms code(s) associated with medical diagnosis(es), procedures, and services

·         1.2 Ensures medical codes reflect medical record documentation

§  (4) Ensures compliance with healthcare law, regulations and standards related to information protection, privacy, security and confidentiality.

·         4.2 Validates coding accuracy using clinical information found in the health record

Program Student Learning Outcomes Associate of Applied Science Medical Coding Specialist Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify, pronounce, and spell medical terms.
  2. Translate and interpret health abbreviations and symbols.
  3. Utilize medical software applications.
  4. Extract information from health records for appropriate code validation.
  5. Sequence codes according to established guidelines and standards.
  6. Analyze current health care trends.
Associate of Applied Science Medical Office Administration Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Utilize computer software for basic office functions.
  2. Uses medical terminology, jargon, and abbreviations correctly.
  3. Define general legal terms as they apply to the practice of medicine in ambulatory care settings.
  4. Understand and apply ethics relevant to medical coding and medical office practice.
  5. Apply ICD and CPT rules and guidelines to complete claims forms for submission.
Lecture Topics Outline
  • Reimbursement, HIPAA, and Compliance
  • An Overview of ICD-10-CM
  • ICD-10-CM Outpatient Coding and Reporting Guidelines
  • Using ICD-10-CM
  • Chapter-Specific Guidelines (ICD-10-CM Chapters 1-10)
  • Chapter-Specific Guidelines (ICD-10-CM Chapters 11-14)
  • Chapter-Specific Guidelines (ICD-10-CM Chapters 15-22)
  • ICD-10-PCS Inpatient Coding
Major Assignments Schedule
Week Dates Assignments & Important Dates Due Dates
1&2 September 18-29 Orientation, syllabi quiz, Discussion Board ;
Chp 1 Reimbursement, HIPAA, Compliance
October 2
3 October 2-6 Chp 2 Overview of ICD-10-CM October 9
4 October 9-13 Chp 3 ID-10-CM Outpatient Coding & Reporting Guidelines October 16
5 October 16-20 No classes Monday @ MHS (09/16)- Work Still Due
EXAM 1 (Chp 1-3); Chp 4 Using ICD-10-CM
October 23
6 October 23-27 Chp 5 Chapter Specific Guidelines (1-10) October 30
7 October 30-November 3 Chp 6 Chapter Specific Guidelines (11-14) November 6
8 November 6-10 Chp 7 Chapter Specific Guidelines (15-22); EXAM 2 (Chp 4-7) November 13
9&10 November 13-24 MHS Thanksgiving Break (November 20-24)
Chp 27 Inpatient Coding (ICD-10-PCS)
November 27
11&12 November 27-December 1 Chp 27 Inpatient Coding (ICD-10-PCS); EXAM 3 (Chp 27);
FINAL EXAM (Comprehensive)
December 4

*** ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY'S @ 10 a.m. ***

Even if there is a holiday, assigned work will still be due on MONDAY's at 10 a.m.

 This helps students maintain their busy schedules, and plan accordingly, to be successful in the course.
Students are encouraged to complete assignments early to enjoy their holidays. 


Sept 4 Campus Closed 
Sept 13 Census Date
Oct 2 Last day to drop/withdraw WITHOUT penalty.
Nov 23-24 Campus closed for Thanksgiving
Nov 27 Final day to drop WITH penalty.
Dec 4 Last class day - All work due.

* Assignments and due dates are posted in the course.
Check the calendar; check the announcements; check email; and check the To-Do List.
* If course work is available, students can complete work ahead of scheduled due dates.
* Changes may be made to course work, due dates, etc. Instructor reserves the right to add or change assignments during semester. It is the student's responsibility to be active within the course and stay current with due dates as posted within the course.

* Students are required to monitor announcements, emails, and course content multiple times throughout the week.

Final Exam Date November 27, 2023 - 8:0 AM   Through  December 4, 2023 - 10:0 AM
Grading Scale A= 90-100
B= 80-89
C= 70-79
D= 60-69
F= 59 or below
Determination of
Final Grade
Assignments/Quizzes/Participation 45%
Chapter Test 45%
Final Exam 10%
Course Policies

* Students should keep a record of their grades/average. It is not the instructor's responsibility to average grades for students to review. (Students should be able to see grades through blackboard when an assignment is completed.

*The instructor will not drop grades.

* Each module focuses on specific learning outcomes; however, some activities in the course may be used to enhance learning and may not be graded. Student learning will be assessed with assignments, quizzes, discussions, exams, etc. throughout the course.

* Due dates are posted each week for course work.

* Instructions and grading information will be posted on the course site for each assignment.


* NO MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENTS. Assignments are closed and will be unavailable to view and complete after the due date. The assignment will receive a grade of zero (0).


* NO MAKE-UP QUIZZES. Quizzes will be given weekly for each chapter. If a student misses a quiz, the grade is recorded as a zero (0). After quizzes are closed, you cannot make-up a quiz.


* NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. If a student should miss an exam, at the end of the semester, the instructor will average all exam grades [including the zero(s)] to replace the zero for the missed exam. (The final exam will not be calculated in this average.)

EXAMPLE: 4 test grades: 100, 100, 0, 80 = 280; 280/4= 70; 70 will go in the place of the zero.; Test grades are now 100, 100, 70, 80

* THE FINAL EXAM ACCOUNTS FOR 10% OF THE COURSE AVERAGE. The FINAL EXAM will be comprehensive. ALL STUDENTS MUST TAKE THE FINAL EXAM on the scheduled date and time. Failure to do so will result in a zero (0) for the final exam.

* Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on any academic work or exam in question; a second incidence of academic dishonesty on any academic work or exam in question will result in the student being given an "F" for the course.
Attendance Policy * Research has shown a cause-and-effect relationship between attendance and college success. With this factor in mind, the instructor monitors student course activity weekly.

* Class participation is required (and may be part of your course average).
It is important to be active within the course and blackboard (even if you think all work has been completed). New assignments may be added to the weekly folders if instructor feels it is necessary.

* Students are expected to log in to Blackboard, check email and announcements a minimum of 3 times per week - even if they think all work is complete.

* It is responsibility of the student to contact their instructors by email regarding their absence.
An absence from the course does not allow students to have extensions on coursework or due dates. 
Call Kenneth Lisby @ (409) 984-6150

(936) 496-5379

Students consistently overlook vital information and assignments when trying to use a mobile device.
Students may use the computers in the Gates Memorial Library if needed. They will need to see your student ID.

LSCPA has a laptop loan program available on a first come, first served basis. Fill out the online application on the LSCPA website. Search "Laptop loan program" in the search bar.

Several methods of presentation may be used in class and may include any of the following:
Lecture (through PowerPoint slides, interactive notes, video, or audio sources)
Computer Assisted Learning (publisher websites)
Lab Exercises

The student is required to have all required course materials including but not limited to any software, e-books, key codes, etc. needed for class to complete required readings, work, etc.
Reliable Internet access is required for all online courses. Students may use the open lab provided in the Gates Memorial Library.

Students may use the computer lab in the Gates Memorial Library if they do not have reliable internet access.

* If a student decides to drop/withdraw, the student should also verify that the drop/withdrawal is submitted before the final withdrawal date.
* It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that their name is removed from the roll should they decide to drop/withdraw from the class.
* The student is strongly encouraged to retain their copy of the drop/withdrawal form for their records.
* The student is required to turn in any books, equipment or items that belong to the department. Failure to do so may compromise their standing with LSCPA.

State law permits students to withdraw from no more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career at Texas public colleges or universities. With certain exceptions, all course withdrawals automatically count towards this limit. Details regarding this policy can be found in the LSCPA college catalog. Students may drop/withdraw on or before the last day to drop/withdraw WITHOUT penalty, and it will not count towards the 6 drops. Drop/withdrawals after that date will count towards the 6 allowed drops. (See important dates.)

E-Mail/Voice Mail Etiquette:
* Students must use appropriate e-mail etiquette when corresponding with instructor; for example, complete sentences and a full subject line with your name/course name.
* Voice mail messages should be clearly spoken identifying student's name, course, and a return phone number.

Dress for Success:
As future professionals, it is important to utilize this time to practice dressing appropriately. Learning to dress for success may set the stage for your greatest achievements. Keeping this in mind, remember to dress appropriately when coming to class. Students may wear clothing to express their individuality, but they should dress is a way of expressing respect for the situation and those around them. One's attire and grooming habits should not be off-putting to your environment or those in the surrounding area. Your look may change depending on the circumstances. 
Students may attend class in casual attire, but if dressed inappropriately, or in inappropriate or distracting attire, they may be instructed to leave class. This will be considered an absence.

The following attire should not be worn to class: Clothing that exposes intimate parts of the body, only underclothing without outerwear (such as sports bras or men's boxers), sleepwear such as pajamas, robes, and house slippers, clothing that is too tight or too loose, clothing with inappropriate logos or text, etc. 

*Exceptions and/or changes may be made to information in this syllabus at the instructor's discretion.
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
Business and Industrial Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381