Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
This year long program begins with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills; medical terminology, human biology, computer skills, electronic medical records, and health care delivery. Then builds on this foundation as the student continues with basic and advanced ICD-10, HCPCS, and CPT coding. The entire revenue stream is examined through study of reimbursement strategies and an introduction to health information management. Expertise is gained through simulated professional practice experience and completes your preparation for professional certification. 370 hours
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- High school diploma or GED-required for testing.
- Strong command of English language and computer skills.
- At $4,195.00, you will find this online program is extremely cost-effective compared to other medical coding and billing programs. The cost includes textbooks, instruction, AAPC student membership and one-time testing voucher for the program. A tuition installment plan is available for this program through Ed2Go.
- All instructors are considered experts in their field and are experienced teachers. Many have master’s degrees and/or are certified by their professional organizations.
Textbooks and Educational Materials
- Students will receive textbooks through the mail once registration and payment to begin program is complete.
Where does a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist work?
A career as a Medical Coding and Billing Specialist is dynamic, highly rewarding and well respected in health care today. Due to the rapidly growing health care industry, this career offers a good paying job and security against recession. Medical coding and billing specialists are employed by hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), long-term care facilities, mental health care facilities, government agencies and insurance companies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, including medical billing and coding professionals, is expected to increase by 8% from 2019-2029. This “faster than average for all occupations” increase is due to many factors, including the increased demand for health care services by the aging population. The average annual income for these careers in May 2020 ranges $39,190 -$50,010. The role of Medical Billing and Coding Specialist is undergoing dramatic changes with the implementation of ICD-10 coding criteria and the federally mandated compliance with electronic medical records. Our area employers state they anticipate steady growth and will strongly value the applicant with current knowledge of the industry standards.
- CCA – is an entry level medical coder with basic coding competencies qualified to work in a physicians office, hospital or other medical setting.
- CPC – Renown throughout the world of healthcare, this certification indicates mastery of medical coding and is the gold standard for physician-based medical coding. Candidates holding this certification are highly sought after and well compensated.
- CBCS- is an entry level certified billing and coding specialist eligible to work in any medical setting.