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Despite advances in medical billing & coding software, trained coders are more in demand than ever. In fact, the profession is expected to grow much faster than the national average of all professions over the next eight years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This intensive, fully online program will expose participants seasoned to experts in the field, new requirements and emerging tools and technologies for capturing patient information, and prospective careers in the field.
Cost may vary by curriculum updates and prerequisites taken
Does not include prerequisites
Medical Coders are the critical link between clinicians (physicians and other clinical professionals) and the billers, capturing/coding each procedure and aspect of treatment to enable billing staff to bill completely and accurately for services provided. Appropriate reimbursement for services helps ensure the solvency of the medical enterprise. Coding reviews patients’ records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure. To perform this task, they must possess expertise in the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding system and the surgery section within the CPT coding system. In addition, the Coding Specialist is knowledgeable of medical terminology, disease processes, and pharmacology, and is invaluable as a liaison among physicians, case managers, compliance professionals, financial services, and hospital departments.
The Medical Coding Specialist Certificate program provides comprehensive education to prepare qualified individuals to become an outpatient and/or an inpatient coding professional. It will also enhance the skills of individuals who are currently coding in a healthcare setting.
This program meets the educational requirements for the following national certification exams:
Students are responsible for meeting all other related exam qualification, which may include a set amount of experience.
At the conclusion of the program students will be able to:
The following link may be of interest, it is a review of this years AAPC annual salary survey results: medical-coding-billing-salary-survey-2019
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There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable.
It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.
Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Medical Billers and Medical Coders?
Medical billers are responsible for creating a claim based on the codes a medical coder provides; the primary difference, however, is that medical coders translate medical services into codes, while medical billers translate the claims from these codes into reimbursements from insurance and patients.
What Does Medical Coding Involve?
Medical coders work specifically with the financial and technical aspects of the medical world. They check medical records of patients, along with doctors’ notes, records of testing, and possible diagnoses to corroborate that work was carried out.
Medical codes tell a sort of story about the patient’s visit. Whether a patient was seen for a routine exam, or a doctor ordered an xray for a workplace injury, each procedure and service receive a specific code.
The coding specialist must translate this information into precise medical codes for each one of thousands of possible services, which need to be valued for reimbursement purposes.
If the coder is uncertain about a particular patient’s records, they then need to speak with medical staff or other staff members to receive more details.
Where Do Medical Billers and Coders Work?
You can find medical billers and coders in a variety of settings. Typically, they’re found behind the scenes at clinics, hospitals and nursing homes, but they may also find work in pharmacies. With such a wide range of possible employers, it’s a great opportunity to find a career close to home.
Because so much of the work is done with computer systems, many billers and coders are given permission to work from home one or two days a week. Medical billing or coding can be a great choice for those who seek a more flexible working environment.
At a small facility, there’s a good chance that billing and coding will be done by the same person or a close group of associates.
How long would it take to complete the three pre-req courses?
One quarter but you can space it out into 3 quarters if needed.
This course is fully online? How is course content delivered?
The courses are pre-recorded videos (there may be some that are just audio dependent on the course lesson but most are prerecorded slides/presentations). None of it is interactive via webcam. We do utilize the course discussion board; this creates a strong feel of community and open discussion with the other students and instructor; and you will have access to the instructor via email as well. The courses are structured for you to complete assignments on a weekly basis, you need to submit assignments by a certain deadline but you will never be required to be online at your computer at a certain time.
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