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Medical Billing and Coding

This course is currently only offered online.

Overview

Medical Billing and Coding Technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classifications systems to code and categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories. Most billing and coding technicians work in hospitals or physician’s offices.

Career Outlook

According to the Department of Labor, as the number of practices increases, the need for medical coders will also increase, ultimately resulting in a projected 21% job growth from 2010 to 2020. The majority of Medical Coders are promoted from within the practice. Two to three years’ experience in administrative areas is preferred prior to holding a coding position. There were fewer than 10 graduates in this program. Median placement amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of graduates.

Program Information

The Medical Coding program is 16 weeks in length. Expect to spend 8 hours per week toward the online program. Medical Coding is an add-on course, to be taken in conjunction with an additional course. Special consideration will be given to those who are working in the field and require a certificate for employment to complete Medical Coding as an independent program.

Program Objectives
  1. Learn the basic structure for reimbursement, HIPAA and compliance
  2. Obtain foundational knowledge in outpatient coding and reporting guidelines
  3. Gain a foundational knowledge in anatomy and physiology, to include the following body systems to help with coding: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, the senses, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive.
  4. Gain foundational knowledge for the basis of medical terminology and learning medical elements to form medical terms
  5. Apply knowledge and skill in the guidelines and proper use of ICD-9, ICD-10 CM codes
  6. Apply knowledge and skill in the guidelines and selection of Evaluation and Management (E/M) services
  7. Apply knowledge and skill in the guidelines and properly use of CPT-4 codes
  8. Apply knowledge in ICD-10-CM codes that will be initiated in the future
  9. Apply knowledge in the guidelines and use of the HCPCS coding system
  10. Apply knowledge and skill in the selection of CPT modifiers
  11. Obtain knowledge in the differences between inpatient and outpatient coding
  12. Learn the application of the Universal Claim Form (CMS-1500)
  13. Apply knowledge in using fee-for-service and managed care concepts
  14. Apply knowledge in Medicare and Medicaid coding guidelines
  15. Apply knowledge in reimbursement procedures
  16. Learn skills necessary for the healthcare industry in professional behavior, to include interpersonal skills and personal behavior
  17. Gain an understanding of basic skills needed in medical law and ethics

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