Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: POFM-2310- Section: 01H
Intermediate Medical Coding
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Instructor Information
Instructor Tonya Harbert
Phone(409) 984-6501
Location:Umphrey Industrial Technology Center - Room: 201H
Hours:By Appointment: Tuesday 9-11; Wednesday & Thursday 8:30-12:30
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Assignment and application of various coding guidelines with emphasis on physician billing and regulatory requirements. Includes code selection for Evaluation and Management (E/M) and Medical/Surgical cases.
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes Analyze case studies; apply codes to Evaluation and Management (E/M) and Medical/Surgical cases; and identify the major components of managed health care and third-party reimbursement issues.
Core Objectives
Program Student Learning Outcomes •Utilize computer software for basic office functions.
•Uses medical terminology, jargon, and abbreviations correctly.
•Define general legal terms as they apply to the practice of medicine in ambulatory care settings.
•Understand and apply ethics relevant to medical coding and medical office practice.
•Apply ICD and CPT rules and guidelines to complete claims forms for submission.
•Identify control panel indicators, calibration tools, electrical parts, and how they work.
•Utilize a multimeter and oscilloscope to differentiate between two AC signals with respect to
voltage, current, and power.
•Apply electronic circuit fabrication techniques to industry standards.
•Explain the static and dynamic aspects of processes.
•Analyze level and gas measurements to determine proper operating parameters of specific process
and electrical equipment.
•Demonstrates standard safety procedures as required in industry.
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.

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.

CENGAGE UNLIMITED is required for this course.
It will give student access to all material needed for this course.
Students will be able to access any Cengage materials required by any instructor using a Cengage Unlimited content - ALL FOR ONE FEE - SAVING YOU MONEY.

The LSCPA bookstore will also have Cengage Unlimited available for purchase.
* Make sure to purchase the option to get All your Cengage course materials
(Access to MindTap, WebAssign, OpenNow, SAM, CNOWv2 and OWLv2.)

Registration (Please register with your LSCPA email.)
Link for specific course material will be located within Blackboard course.

Follow the prompts to register your MindTap course.

*$120 for 4 month access
*$180 for 1 year access
*$240 for 2 year access. (Choose the option that is most economical for you.)

After registering for your course, you will need to pay for access using one of the options below:

Online: You can pay online using a credit or debit card, or PayPal.

Bookstore: You may be able to purchase access to MindTap at your bookstore. Check with the bookstore to find out what they offer for your course.

Free Trial: If you are unable to pay at the start of the semester you may choose to access MindTap until 11:59 PM on 02/02/2021 during your free trial. After the free trial ends you will be required to pay for access.

Please note: At the end of the free trial period, your course access will be suspended until your payment has been made. All your scores and course activity will be saved and will be available to you after you pay for access.

Already registered an access code? Bought MindTap at your bookstore or online?
Now use the course link from your instructor to register for the class.

System Check
To check whether your computer meets the requirements for using MindTap, go to http://ng.cengage.com/static/browsercheck/index.html

Please Note: the System Check is also accessible in the drop down box next to your name located in the upper right corner of your MindTap page.
Lecture Topics
1. Introduction to Current Procedural Terminology.
2. Modifiers.
3. Evaluation and Management.
4. Anesthesia.
5. Surgery and the Integumentary System.
6. Musculoskeletal System.
7. Respiratory System.
8. Cardiovascular System.
9. Hemic and Lymphatic Systems.
10. Mediastinum and Diaphragm.
11. Digestive System.
12. Urinary System.
13. Male Genital System.
14. Female Genital System.
15. Maternity Care and Delivery.
16. Endocrine System.
17. Nervous System.
18. Eye and Ocular Adnexa.
19. Auditory System and Operating Microscope.
20. Radiology.
21. Pathology And Laboratory.
22. Medicine.
23. HCPCS Codes.
Major Assignments

Week 1: Orientation, Getting Started, (Due by 01/27); Chp. 1(Due by 02/03)
Week 2: Continue Chp. 1, Chp. 2 (Due by 02/03)
Week 3: Chp. 3 (Due by 02/10), EXAM 1 (Chp. 1-2)
Week 4: Chp. 4 (Due by 02/17)
Week 5: Chp. 5 (Due by 02/24)
Week 6: Chp. 6 (Due by 03/03), EXAM 2 (Chp. 3-5)
Week 7: Chp. 7 (Due by 03/10)
Week 8: Chp. 8-10 (Due by 03/24)
Week 10: Chp. 11-13 (Due by 03/31), EXAM 3 (Chp. 6-10)
Week 11: Chp. 14-15 (Due by 4/07) *Good Friday is April 02; Easter is April 04
Week 12: Chp. 16-19 (Due by 04/14)
Week 13: Chp. 20-21 (Due by 04/21), EXAM 4 (Chp. 11-19)
Week 14: Chp. 22 (Due by 04/28)
Week 15: Chp. 23 (Due by 05/05), EXAM 5 (Chp. 20-23)
Week 16: Final Exam - Comprehensive (Due by 05/10)

*** Changes may be made to course work, due dates, etc. Instructor reserves the right to add or change assignments during semester if deemed necessary.

Late work will result in a -30 point deduction to your grade.
Late work will only be accepted for 2 days after the due date.


Final Exam Date January 19, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  May 12, 2021 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Assignments/Quizzes/Etc. 45%
Exams/Mock Exam 45%
Final Exam 10%


* Students should keep a record of their grades/average. Instructor(s) will not average grades for students. 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.

* Instructor will not drop grades.


* Late assignments are accepted for 2 days after the due date with -30 point deduction.

* After the second day, assignments are closed and will be unavailable to view and complete. The assignment will receive a grade of zero (0).


* Quizzes may be given throughout the semester. If a student misses a quiz, the grade is recorded as a zero (0). After quizzes are closed and unavailable to view, 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, and failure to do so will result in a zero on 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.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies ALL CLASSES:

* Every student MUST have a copy of the required textbooks by the second week of class. The student will still be responsible for any assignments given.

* Assignments and due dates are posted weekly in your course. Check your calendar; check the announcements; check your email; and check the To-Do List.

* Students are responsible for being prepared for class. The student is responsible for completing all assigned homework, including reading assignments, and doing so by required due dates.

* STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING ALL ASSIGNED READING. Read over chapters PRIOR to class even if reading was not assigned.

* STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW WRITTEN and/or ORAL INSTRUCTIONS. It is important to follow all directions. A failure to follow written and/or oral instructions will result in penalties.



* We cannot control weather conditions, power outages, etc. Students should complete classwork as soon as possible so due dates are not missed.

* PLEASE.... Do NOT wait until the last weeks of class to discuss your grades with your instructor.

* If you are having issues with the class, the material covered, or have any other issues, please contact the instructor as soon as possible.

* If you would like to discuss your grades, contact the instructor to meet in person. (Instructor will speak to the student only.)
Attendance Policy * Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than three absences from the course will receive an academic penalty.

* Poor attendance is a leading reason for termination from a job in all areas of employment. With this factor in mind, the instructor monitors student course activity weekly.

* Class participation is required. It is important to be active within the course.

* Students are expected to log in to Blackboard a minimum of three times per week.

* Students are expected to check e-mail a minimum of three times per week.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
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.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
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 software, e-books, key codes, etc. needed for class to complete required readings, work, etc.
Reliable Internet access is required for all online courses. You may use the open lab provided in the Gates Memorial Library.

* If a student decides to withdraw, he or she should also verify that the withdrawal is submitted before the final withdrawal date.
* It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the roll should he or she decide to withdraw from the class.
* The student is also strongly encouraged to retain their copy of the withdrawal form for their records.
* The student is required to turn in any 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.

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 any return phone number.

*Exceptions and/or changes may be made to information in this syllabus at the instructors discretion.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Business and Industrial Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381

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.