Program Description: This is an eight (8) month 900 hour Specialist Program. This program is designed to teach students the skills necessary for employment in the modern medical facility. This specialist course is comprehensive and will prepare the student with the precise medical billing & coding job skills required for employment and field work and most often leads to supervisory capacity. In this specialist course the student is given the same instruction as in the associate program but with a more broad and variety in all billing and coding components. This course thoroughly prepares students to code patients’ medical records correctly and optimize reimbursement for a full range of medical services. Students are introduced to several techniques for finding and applying the correct codes in today’s standard coding systems. The addition of enhanced skills in Electronic Health Records [EHR] in this course package will provide the student with an edge in the job market in this competitive field. In this course students get an overview of medical insurance billing procedures as used in hospitals and today’s medical practices. They learn coding protocols, and insurance billing procedures. At our center, students learn through computerized billing simulations how to create, save, retrieve, edit, and maintain patient files. In addition, post payments to patient accounts, produce insurance claim forms, correct and resubmit rejected claims, produce insurance claim activity reports and enter electronic claims. Topics covered include: current procedural terminology, international classification of diseases, clinical modification, healthcare procedure coding system, resource-based relative value scale, insurance form preparation, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers’ Compensation, No Fault, HMO’s, diagnosis-related groups, peer review organizations, and ambulatory patient groups. Students will also learn Medical & Insurance Terminology & Abbreviations, Duties of the Medical Biller, Procedures For Insurance Forms Completion, HIC Universal Claim Form, ADA Forms, Workers Compensation Forms & No Fault, Superbill, Medicaid/Medicare, Medical Coding: CPT Coding, HCPCS, ICD-9CM, Coding Systems E & V Modifiers, Computerized Medical Billing Software, Audit Trails, Payment Follow-up Methods, Insurance Company Policies, Insurance Follow-up Procedures, Title XIX, CPT4, Dental, Campus. The course also includes application usage of several medical billing & coding software such Medisoft and others as well as Electronic Health Records (EHR). Students are individually prepared for National Certification as part of the course and the course includes a 180 hour internship program on completion accomplished within one of several major medical center associations. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible for National Certification through the National Healthcareer Association
Employment Description: Billing & Coding Specialists held about 147,000 jobs in 2002. Thirty-seven percent of all jobs were in hospitals. The rest were mostly in offices of physicians, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, and home healthcare services. Insurance firms that deal in health matters employ a small number of health information technicians to tabulate and analyze health information. Public health departments also hire technicians to supervise data collection from healthcare institutions and to assist in research. Job prospects should be very good. Employment of Billing & Coding Specialists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2012, due to rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be increasingly scrutinized by third-party payers, regulators, courts, and consumers. Although employment growth in hospitals will not keep pace with growth in other healthcare industries, many new jobs will nevertheless be created. The fastest employment growth and a majority of the new jobs are expected in offices of physicians, due to increasing demand for detailed records, especially in large group practices. Rapid growth also is expected in nursing care facilities, home healthcare services, and outpatient care centers. Additional job openings will result from the need to replace technicians who retire or leave the occupation permanently.
Program Length: 900 Hours
Sched: Day: 9am – 3pm
Duration: Approximately 8 months
Eligibility: HS Diploma / GED / TABE Test
Tuition: $16000 Free Tuition
Eligibility: Be Eligible For TANF/GA