Learn how to collect patient information and make sure payments are collected and billed properly. This field is expected to grow over 21% over the next 10 years so now is the perfect time to get started in medical billing and coding.
The objective of the Medical Billing and Coding Administrator program is to train students for entry-level employment involving responsibility for data collection, documentation, diagnostic and procedural coding, insurance claim completion and submission, bookkeeping, keeping up-to-date on insurance plans rules and regulations, and following up on claims.
Job sites where career opportunities exist include doctor’s offices, chiropractors’ offices, physical therapist’s offices, anesthesiologist’s offices, outpatient clinics, laboratories, radiology centers, long-term care facilities, acute care hospitals, insurance companies, managed care organizations, billing services, consulting firms, schools, organizations, and self-employment.
Medical Billing and Coding Administrator workers need to be logical and practical thinkers, creative with problem solving, curious natured, inquisitive, organized, meticulous and neat. They must also have good reading as well as critical thinking skills. Their characteristics should include honesty, conscientiousness, loyalty, trustworthiness, enthusiasm, and reliability. Medical Billing and Coding Administrator personnel need to be self-motivated and have the ability to work independently.
This program focuses on training students on the skills required for Medical Billing and Coding Administrator through hands-on exercises, lectures, demonstrations, and group and individual projects. Students become familiar with the daily operations of the medical office environment, medical terminology, current billing procedures, implementing procedures and diagnostic codes, basic bookkeeping, and the legal aspects surrounding the medical office. Students will also be accurate typists (35 to 45 wpm), use their basic knowledge of computer/medical software as well as interpret insurance rules and regulations. They will access information via the internet, understand billing methods and the billing cycle to generate insurance claims accurately as well as have a clear understanding of administrative operations, the importance of obtaining/locating proper patient information and how information must be documented. Students will focus on the financial components necessary to submit a clean claim and be reimbursed within a reasonable amount of time. Students will be up-to-date on the various insurance types/coverage’s and the insurance terminology itself. Students will study the billing process in both manual and electronic form.
Upon meeting the graduation requirements, the reasonably diligent student will be qualified to enter employment as a Medical Billing and Coding Administrator worker and be eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Coder Apprentice Exam (CPC-Apprentice) offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The CPC-Apprentice is required to submit the annual 18 CEUs while completing their medical field experience requirement, and will receive a certificate from AAPC for CPC Apprentice. When the required medical field experience is met, they may submit documentation and receive their official AAPC CPC/CPC-H diploma. Graduates from this program are also encouraged to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exam (MOS).