1 MAST 1100 Medical Insurance Management Prerequisite(s): Program Admission Term(s) Offered: Fall and Spring Class Hours: 1 Lab Hours: 3 Credit Hours: 2 Course Description: Medical Insurance Management emphasizes essential skills for the medical practice. Topics include: managed care, reimbursement, and coding. Course Competencies and Student Learning Outcomes: Managed Care Define frequently used insurance terms and abbreviations. Identify types of insurance plans. Describe these types of insurance plans, Governmental Carriers; Medicare; Medicaid; TRICARE, etc; Managed Care: HMO, PPO, POS; Worker s Compensation; Blue Cross Blue Shield; and private insurance. Identify models of managed care. Discuss Worker s Compensation as it applies to patients. Cite advantages of group vs. private health insurance. Describe procedures for implementing both managed care and insurance plans. Describe medical necessity and proper documentation required for proper reimbursement. Discuss utilization review principles. Discuss referral process for patients in a managed care program. Describe how guidelines are used in processing an insurance claim. Compare processes for filling insurance claims both manually and electronically. Describe guideline for third party claims. Discuss types of physician fee schedules. Describe the concept of RBRVS. Define Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs). Apply both managed care policies and procedures. Apply third-party guidelines. Demonstrate completion of insurance claim forms. Demonstrate obtaining precertification, including documentation.
2 Demonstrate obtaining preauthorization, including documentation. Demonstrate verifying eligibility for managed care services. Display assertive communication with managed care and/or insurance provider. Display sensitivity in communicating with both providers and patients. Display communication in language thee patient can understand regarding managed care and insurance plans. Cooperate with physician to achieve the maximum reimbursement. Discuss insurance fraud and abuse. Describe the impact of HIPAA and other government regulations on the reimbursement process. Reimbursement and Coding Describe how to use the most current procedural coding system. Define upcoding and why it should be avoided. Describe how to use the most current diagnostic coding classification system. Demonstrate use of ICD coding books and CPT coding books. Demonstrate appropriate use of modifiers. Describe how to use the most current HCPCS. Perform procedural coding. Perform diagnostic coding. Demonstrate completion of a referral form. Required Textbook(s), including ISBN: Comprehensive Medical Assisting, 4th Edition; Lippincott; Judy Kronenberger, Laura Durham; Denise Woodson; and the Study Guide for Comprehensive Medical Assisting, 4 th edition; Control-O-Fax forms (Athens Tech Bookstore purchase only) Grading Scale: The grading scale is detailed in the Catalog and Student Handbook and listed below for reference. All faculty members follow this scale when assigning grades to reflect a given student's performance in the classroom. Grade Numerical Equivalent Grade Point A/A* B/B* C/C* D/D* F/F* Effective Summer Quarter 2006, Athens Technical College replaced the S/U grading system used for learning support classes with an A*-F* grading system. The registrar uses an asterisk (A*, B*, C*, D*, F*, W*, WF*, WP*) to designate learning support course grades on
3 transcripts and grade reports because these grades are not components of the quarterly grade point average. Academic Support Center: The Academic Support Centers of Athens Technical College (ATC) provide free tutoring for enrolled students. Both instructors and peer tutors provide tutoring in almost all subjects offered by the college. Information about the Center is accessible via the ATC website at To find out the specific services available on the Athens, Greene, and Walton Campuses, please call (706) To contact the Academic Support Center on the Elbert County Campus, please call (706) Attendance: Regular class attendance is important and expected. The college considers both tardiness and early departure from class as forms of absenteeism. Students absent from class for any reason are still responsible for all work missed. Instructors have the right to determine whether work missed can be made up and have the liberty to set reasonable expectations for attendance based on frequency of class meetings and on the instructional delivery method, subject, type, and level of the class. Class attendance policies will be clearly stated for students by their respective instructors on separate documents (course outlines/schedules) or appendices to the master syllabus. Course Withdrawal: Students may withdraw from a course without academic penalty until the midpoint of the term. Students withdrawing after the midpoint of the term receive grades of WP Withdrawal Passing, or WF-Withdrawal Failing. Students who stop attending class(es) without formally withdrawing risk earning a final grade of F, which will appear on the academic transcript. Withdrawing from a course may impact financial aid status, academic standing, and GPA. Refer to the ATC Catalog and Student Handbook for further details: Course Technology: Course addendum will provide details concerning the use of technology in the course. Course schedule types include web-enhanced taught face-to-face; onlinetaught online using the internet, may require proctored exam; hybrid- class time is split between face-to-face and online; video conference- taught at two or more campus locations simultaneously with instructor located at one of the classroom locations. More details are available on the Athens Technical College website: Continuation of Instruction: In the event of severe weather or other emergency, students will be expected to continue participating in learning activities via ANGEL, Athens Technical College , or other modality. Instructors will provide a plan for the continuation of instruction. Work Ethics: To fulfill the responsibility to teach essential workplace ethics, the college evaluates program students on attendance, character, teamwork, appearance, attitude, productivity, organizational skills, communication, cooperation, and respect. To best equip
4 students for successful workplace experiences in their chosen profession, instruction and evaluation takes place in the context of their program of study. Academic Honesty: Academic honesty is expected at all times. Any student found to have engaged in academic misconduct such as cheating, plagiarism, or collusion is subject to disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct detailed in the ATC Catalog and Student Handbook. See the following link for the complete Academic Honesty policy: Students are also advised to complete the tutorial on Academic Honesty available here: Americans with Disabilities Act: It is our goal at Athens Technical College to provide equal access to education for all students. Any student with a documented disability is eligible to receive reasonable academic adjustments and auxiliary aids in the classroom and/or for testing at Athens Technical College, as long as appropriate documentation of the disability has been submitted to the Disability Services Office in a timely manner. Students can access the application packet on our website: f Cell Phones and Electronic Devices: Cell phone use in the classroom for non-instructional purposes, with the exception of receiving emergency notifications, is prohibited. Food/Drinks in Classroom: Food and beverages (other than water) are not allowed in classrooms/labs. Communication with ATC Faculty and Staff: Students, faculty, and staff must use Athens Technical College and ANGEL accounts for all college-related communications. Students are obligated to check their and ANGEL accounts on a regular basis, preferably daily. Warranty of Graduates: The Department of Technical and Adult Education warranties every graduate of technical programs in which students may earn technical certificates of credit, diplomas, or associate degrees. The warranty guarantees that graduates demonstrate the knowledge and skills and can perform each competency as identified in the industry-validated standards established for every program of study. If one of our graduates educated under a standard program or his/her employer finds that the graduate is deficient in one or more competencies as defined in the course/program standards, Athens Technical College will retrain the employee at no instructional cost to the employee or the employer. This guarantee is in effect for two years after graduation. TEACH Act: According to the TEACH Act of 2002, Athens Technical College is obligated to advise you that instructional material included in this course may be subject to copyright protection. As such, you must not share, duplicate, transmit, or store the material of this course beyond the purpose and time frame explicitly stated in the syllabus of your course. If you are
5 not certain whether a particular piece of material is covered by copyright protection, you should contact your instructor and obtain his/her written clarification. Failing to observe copyright protection is a violation of law.
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