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Healthcare Revenue Cycle

Specialized Certificate

Learn how to effectively work in all areas of the revenue cycle.

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About the Healthcare Revenue Cycle Program

Revenue cycle is a necessary process in all U.S. healthcare delivery systems to collect revenue for healthcare services provided. Recently, more emphasis has been placed on having qualified staff working in these areas to ensure an effective and efficient process in the collection of revenue. Having quality trained staff working in the revenue cycle is critical for healthcare organizations seeking to capture their revenue collected for healthcare services provided. The Specialized Certificate in Healthcare Revenue Cycle (RC) provides students with an advanced skill set that sets them apart from other individuals seeking entry into the healthcare revenue cycle field.

Revenue cycle management is the set of financial and operational processes, utilizing the electronic health record and billing and coding software that tracks patient care episodes from scheduling and registration to final payment of a balance. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations need to have a viable and effective revenue cycle team to optimize cash receivables. The opportunity to improve healthcare revenue cycle management within the healthcare landscape is ongoing, as it is an ever-changing environment. Regardless of changes from the political climate and whether the U.S. healthcare system stays with our current model, moves to a complete Value Based model, or implements Medicare for all, hospitals and healthcare organizations will continue to have a need for skilled revenue cycle employees to ensure the financial health of the organization. Without a viable, effective revenue cycle management in place, hospitals and other healthcare organizations can receive lower reimbursements leading to decreased revenues.

A specialized certificate in Healthcare Revenue Cycle from UC San Diego Extension will demonstrate advanced skill sets for employers to differentiate applicants for entry level positions and advancements. The 90 hours of didactic education will provide students with the necessary advanced knowledge and skills necessary for job-seeking and/or career advancement. Currently, no educational institution is offering instructor led education in healthcare revenue cycle. This certificate will prepare students for the CRCR or CRCS exams in a non-self-study format.

Admission Requirement: High School Diploma with 0-2 years experience.

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Students will explore a range of tools and resources needed to optimize revenue cycle including how to verify insurance eligibility and determine benefit levels, the different claim forms and the importance of collecting accurate information for submission, how to successfully appeal denied claims, and more. Students will also learn how to effectively communicate to patients and provide exceptional customer service.

Having skill sets in revenue cycle is necessary to work in the revenue collection arena of all healthcare systems. According to Burning Glass, job postings in revenue cycle have increased 168% since 2010, there have been more than 187,777 job postings for revenue cycle nationwide, and more than 2,330 jobs in San Diego County alone. Some of the most requested skills for these positions are customer billing, customer service, scheduling, medical coding, medical terminology, ICD-10, CPT Coding, HIPAA, and electronic health records . Moreover, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services.

This specialized Healthcare Revenue Cycle Certificate, which includes 90 hours of didactic education, would allow students with no prior experience to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for entry level positions in healthcare revenue cycle as well as preparing them for the CRCR exams and CRCS exam.

Format: Online

Estimated Cost: $1,635

Cost may vary by curriculum updates

Duration: 9 Months

Varies by student and courses taken per quarter

Contact
Department
Healthcare & Behavioral Sciences
Phone
858-246-2616
Email
ndasaro@ucsd.edu

Courses

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Healthcare Revenue Cycle 1MEDC-40028

Units: 3.00

$495

-Introduction to Healthcare and the Revenue Cycle -Pre-Service Revenue Cycle Functions Revenue Cycle 1 (3.0 Units) This course will provide a brief introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System and how...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Healthcare Revenue Cycle 2MEDC-40029

Units: 3.00

$545

-Time of Service/Middle Revenue Cycle -Claims Processing and Follow-up This course will cover the time of service and the components of the middle revenue cycle, which is the heart of clinical care a...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Healthcare Revenue Cycle 3MEDC-40030

Units: 3.00

$495

Patient Pay/Customer Service -Current Topics Effecting the Revenue Cycle This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to successfully complete advanced patient financial calculatio...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

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A specialized certificate in Healthcare Revenue Cycle from UC San Diego Extension will demonstrate advanced skill sets for employers to differentiate applicants for entry level positions and advancements. The 90 hours of didactic education will provide students with the necessary advanced knowledge and skills necessary for job-seeking and/or career advancement. Currently, no educational institution is offering instructor led education in healthcare revenue cycle. This certificate will prepare students for the CRCR or CRCS exams in a non-self-study format.

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This course has jump started my new career and I see myself learning more each day.

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Advisory Board

Laura Handy Dineen, MHA, CRCR

Executive Director, System Revenue Cycle

UC San Diego Health

Basak Kaya

Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management

Vituity

Kathie Kirkland

Director of Patient Financial Services

Maricopa Integrated Health System Phoenix AZ

Jennifer Lehmann

Director of Revenue Cycle

UC Health

Terri Meier, CHFP,CSMC,CSBI, CRCR

System Director, Patient Revenue Cycle

UC San Diego Health

Thomas Moore, MD

Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine

UC San Diego Health

Chris Thomas

Vice President Revenue Cycle

Scripps Health San Diego, CA

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.