The Medical Office Billing & Coding Program is designed for those who want to begin medical billing and coding careers or prepare for a nationally-recognized certification exam. The training in this program will also provide you with the necessary skills required by employers seeking a Medical Office Biller or Medical Coder. Medical billers are responsible for submitting claims to insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, and in some instances, patients themselves on behalf of their employers or clients. Professional medical coders transform verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries, and procedures into numeric or alphanumeric codes. The coding of health-related data permits access to medical records by diagnoses and procedures for use in clinical care, research, and education. Students who successfully complete this program will be qualified to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) – Certified Professional Coder Exam (CPC). For more information on the national certification exams or student membership with the AAPC or AHIMA, please visit either: www.aapc.com or www.ahima.org.
Students who pass the CPC exam are eligible to receive college credit through Charter Oak State College!!
The following courses are required to earn this certificate:
1) Medical Coding II – Offered Fall 2017 $549
2) Medical Terminology and Anatomy for Coders – Offered Fall 2017 $649
3)Medical Coding I – Offered Spring 2018 $549
4) Medical Insurance – Offered Spring 2018 $549
5) Medical Office Electronic Health Records – Offered Spring 2018 – $549
Total = $2,845 + textbooks
This Program Qualifies for the Following Funding Options:
Medical Coding I
This course introduces students to nomenclatures and classification systems used in healthcare. The course provides in-depth coverage of the ICD-10CM and ICD-10-PCS coding systems. Students will begin with simple coding cases and advance to more complex coding and auditing. Healthcare reimbursement issues will be explored with emphasis on the need for documentation to support accurate code assignment and billing for healthcare services. Students will apply the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS) The ICD-10-CM will be compared to the DSM-5 codes for behavioral health. (Updated Fall 2017)
Medical Coding II
Nomenclatures and classification systems used in healthcare covered in this course include the CPT/HCPCS coding systems. Students will begin with simple coding cases and advance to more complex coding and auditing. Students will explore nomenclatures and classification systems commonly used in electronic health records and reporting including SNOMED, LOINC, NDC, along with an introduction to ICD-11. (Updated Fall 2017)
This course will introduce students to the ever-changing environment of medical health insurance and claims processing, insurance terminology, types of insurance, and the eligibility and benefit structure of the insurance plan. Topics discussed will include the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Medicare, Medicaid, Managed Care, TRICARE, and Workers’ Compensation. Students will learn to generate and manage billing claim forms for the medical office and other organizations. As hospitals and physician offices look for more efficient ways to collect payments and prevent billing oversights, the need for medical billers continues to expand. Students will be prepared to analyze and accurately decipher complicated medical claims and oversee the entire billing and reimbursement process. Many medical billers enjoy a lucrative income working independently, or by supporting clients directly in medical offices or hospitals. If you’re currently employed in medical administration, or looking to enter the field, you’ll benefit from this training in medical billing. (Updated Fall 2017)
Medical Office Electronic Health Records
This course is meant to give students an inside look at electronic documentation that is an essential component of healthcare recordkeeping. It offers students fundamental knowledge of health information systems and introduces the use of electronic health record systems and health information exchanges (HIE). This course includes rules, regulations, and innovations in electronic health records, as well as hands-on exercises that use real EHR software to transform theoretical EHR concepts into practical understanding. Using current, realistic medical office cases, students build transferrable computerized medical billing and scheduling skills.
Medical Terminology and Anatomy for Coders
Medical language translates into communication used by all levels of staff working in or around a clinical environment. It is very logical and organized according to body systems, anatomy, physiology and disease processes. A course in medical terminology is essential for students who will be involved in any science-related career. Students will be introduced to the systems of the body and terminology related to each system, along with anatomy. Common medical abbreviations of tests, diseases and procedures will be introduced. Students will learn about the structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, and how to decipher medical words. (Updated Fall 2017)