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Billing & Coding Specialist Training Program
A medical coder is primarily responsible for filling out paperwork according to a national standard (known as ICD-9-CM) that are then used to determine how much to pay the physician for his or her work. A medical biller focuses more on the accounting side of things, making sure that patients and their insurance companies are billed the correct amount.
The Billing & Coding Specialist Training Program will address topics such as medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of coding and analysis of medical codes for coding purposes, utilization of current procedural terminology coding systems (CPT and ICD-10-CM), international classification of diseases, official coding guidelines, preparations for practicum and evaluation, as well as HIPAA regulations.
Upon successful completion of the training course, graduates will receive a certificate and be eligible to take the National Certification Examination offered by National Healthcareer Association. Students who successfully pass the credentialing exam will receive a national license recognized by all fifty states in the nation.
Medical coders assemble patients’ health information including medical history, symptoms, examination results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods, and all other healthcare provider services. Technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security. They regularly communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information.
Medical billers use the classification system to determine the amount for which healthcare providers will be reimbursed if the patient is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance programs using the system.
Medical billing & coding specialists will work in pleasant and comfortable offices. This is one of the few health-related occupations in which there is no direct hands-on patient care.
Mean Annual Salary: $24,290 – $39,490
- Federal Executive Branch: $42,760
- General medical and surgical hospitals: $32,600
- Nursing care facilities: $30,660
- Outpatient care centers: $29,160
- Physician offices: $26,210
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow much faster than the average. Job prospects for aspiring Medical Billing & Coding specialists should be very good; technicians with a strong understanding of technology and computer software will be in particularly high demand.
Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. Employment growth will result from the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed.