Whether you're just starting out or transitioning into a different field, there has never been a better time to enter the field of Medical Billing and Coding. More than 850,000 practicing physicians in the United States rely on medical billers and coders to receive payment for their services. Aside from medical facilities, positions are available with health insurance companies, pharmacies, medical suppliers, consulting firms, and medical billing companies.
Healthcare workers are in high demand due to the increased medical needs of an aging population and the increased number of Americans qualifying for health insurance. When a professional organization polled physicians in the summer of 2013 to see how they were going to handle the influx of new patients, 60% of the respondents said they were going to hire additional staff.
This program offers valuable training in legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts that are central to this field, including HIPAA compliance and third-party guidelines for filing insurance claims. You will gain hands-on, practical experience in medical billing and coding and work with the main coding manuals: ICD-9-CM*, ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS Level II. You will learn how to code diagnoses, services, and procedures for all systems of the body.
Upon completion of this program, you should be well prepared to find your place in this rewarding healthcare career. You will also be able to take the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA). This program will also prepare you to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
This program is entirely online and is completed at your own pace. When you register, you receive an initial six (6) months to complete this program. Should you need more time beyond the six (6) months, an extension of six (6) months is available at no additional cost.
*Note: The ICD-9 component of this program is not mandatory and students will not be graded on this portion of the program. Students who choose to not complete this portion of the program will still be eligible for completion and will still receive their completion certificate.