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Davenport Campus

Do you know someone who would make a great C.T.? Insurance curriculum expanded

Starting with the Spring 2012 trimester, students entering the Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology (A.S.C.T.) program on the Davenport Campus follow a curriculum that shifts two credit hours from their Clinical Science class to the study of insurance coding and billing. The new curriculum now includes a first trimester, one-credit concepts course, a second trimester coding course, and a third trimester billing applications course.

Introduction to Insurance Concepts will introduce the student to insurance terminology, cost-sharing and the insurance verification process. Procedure and Diagnosis Coding for Chiropractic focuses on teaching students the guidelines for properly utilizing coding manuals and will emphasize critical thinking skills, as the student will be able to select the proper code based on the doctor’s documentation. This class will also familiarize the student with the many compliance edits to which chiropractic claims may be subjected. Finally, Insurance Billing Applications will teach students to pull the terminology and coding procedures together to perform the billing process in a manner that results in “clean” and compliant insurance claims.

Students who have taken this curriculum will be prepared to sit for American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) certification, if they so choose. The AAPC is the largest coding certification organization in the U.S., currently with 111,000 members. They offer a specialty certification in chiropractic; those who pass the exam and the apprenticeship period would become Certified Chiropractic Professional Coders (CCPC).

Billing and coding in the healthcare profession is becoming increasingly complex. One such complexity is the shift from ICD-9 to ICD-10 diagnosis coding. Providing chiropractic technologists with enhanced skills in coding and billing is not only an extremely beneficial piece of their career development, but is also filling an important need in the chiropractic profession. Chiropractors need professionals trained to help them maneuver through the billing process in a way that is compliant and enables them to properly bill for all services performed.

To learn more, visit www.palmer.edu/asctprogram.

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