The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program prepares students for billing/coding careers in medical offices, hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), extended care facilities, insurance companies, and health data organizations. Medical coding specialists develop skills and knowledge to transform written descriptions of diseases, injuries, conditions, and medical procedures into alpha-numeric classifications. Currently, reimbursement for health care services is dependent on the assignment of universally recognized codes to describe diagnoses, services, and procedures. The codes are used to provide information for reimbursement of insurance claims, indexing statistics, research, and tracking patient care. In addition to coding, professional reimbursement specialists must learn the medical billing process to conform to individual insurance requirements, electronic billing procedures, and responsibilities associated with electronic data management.
Learn medical terminology, medical pathology, anatomy and physiology, basic pharmacology, medical law and ethics, and medical finance practices. Students will also study word processing, spreadsheet applications, and learn how to use electronic medical records system while using ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS guidelines to complete ambulatory and hospital billing. This high-demand occupation provides many opportunities for people who like attention to detail and take pride in their work. Jobs in this growing field offer variety, challenge, and the personal reward of helping others.