George Mason University
What you will learn
- Medical Billing and Coding
- Medical coding terminology is required for medical coding, including the structures and functions of the human body
- The disorders and medical procedures common to each body system
- Legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts central to the field, including HIPAA compliance and third-party guidelines for filing insurance claims
- The main coding manuals: ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS Level II
- How to code diagnoses, services, and procedures for all systems of the body
- Fundamentals of medical billing & coding and medical terminology
- Word parts and the structures and functions of the human body
How you will benefit
- Get hands-on, practical experience in medical billing and coding that will help you on the job
- Receive a certificate of completion and prepare to sit for the professional certification that best aligns with your interest and career goals
- Receive a voucher for the professional certification exam of your choice
- Receive access to study materials that align with the exam option you choose
- Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
- Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
- Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
How the course is taught
- Self-paced, online course
- 12 Months to complete
- Open enrollment, begin anytime
- 370 course hours
- Medical Terminology
- Introduction to Medical Terminology
- The Musculoskeletal System
- The Cardiovascular System
- The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
- The Respiratory System
- The Digestive System
- The Urinary System
- The Nervous System
- The Special Senses The Eyes and Ears
- The Integumentary System
- The Endocrine System
- The Reproductive System
- Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology
- Medical Billing and Coding
- Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding
- Career Opportunities
- Personal and Technical Qualifications
- Employment Settings
- Professional Certifications
- Introduction to Health Insurance
- Health Insurance Terminology
- Commercial and Government Payers
- Healthcare Documentation
- Electronic Health Record
- Managed Healthcare
- Types of Reimbursement
- Managed Care Providers
- Managed Care Models
- Consumer-Directed Health Plans
- Revenue Cycle Management
- Phases of Revenue Cycle Management
- Encounter Form, Chargemaster
- Insurance Claim Cycle
- New Patient Registration
- Collection Practices
- Legal Aspects of Health Insurance and Reimbursement
- Laws Affecting Healthcare
- Protected Health Information
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Fraud and Abuse in Medical Billing and Coding
- Release of Information
- VI. ICD-10-CM Coding
- Overview of ICD-10-CM
- Key Features
- Organization of the Codebook
- Index to Diseases and Injuries
- Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries
- Coding Conventions
- Official Guidelines
- CPT Coding
- Overview of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)
- Category I, Category II, and Category III Codes
- Organization of the Codebook
- Main CPT Sections
- Evaluation and Management
- Pathology and Laboratory
- Code Modifiers
- HCPCS Level II Coding
- Overview of HCPCS Level II
- Organization of the Codebook
- Durable Medical Equipment
- ICD-10-PCS Coding
- Overview of ICD-10-PCS
- Code Structure
- Code Tables
- Coding Steps
- Pharmacology for Coders
- Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics
- Routes of Administration
- Drug Classifications
- Prescription Drugs and Over-the-Counter Drugs
- Controlled Substances
- Medication Lists and the Electronic Health Record
- Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)
- Deficiencies in Documentation
- Medical Necessity
- Coding From Patient Documentation
- Insurance Claims
- National Uniform Claim Committee
- CMS-1500 Claim Form
- Patient and Insured Information
- Physician or Supplier Information
- UB-04 Claim Form
- Commercial Insurance
- Individual/Group Health Insurance, Automobile, Disability, Liability, Workers' Compensation
- Completing Commercial Health Insurance Claims
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- History of BCBS
- Types of BCBS Plans
- Participating/Nonparticipating Providers
- BCBS Billing and Payment Guidelines
- Medicare Eligibility
- Medicare Part A, B, C, and D
- National Coverage Determinations/Local Coverage Determinations
- Participating/Nonparticipating Providers
- Physician Fee Schedule
- Medicare Billing and Payment Guidelines/NCCI
- Medicaid, CHIP, TRICARE, Workers' Compensation
- Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- Workers' Compensation
- Selecting the Right Certification
- Study Strategies for the Certification Exam
- Prior to the Exam
- Morning of the Exam
- During the Exam
- How to Find a Job in Medical Billing and Coding
- Formulating Your Career Goals
- What Employers Want
- Showcasing Your Skills
- Resume Tips
- Cover Letter Tips
- Interview Questions
- Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding
Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. She worked as a medical office manager for ten years, where she recruited and trained all medical assistants. Nancy holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.
LaTisha Cottingham has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has six years of teaching experience in the field of medical billing and coding and Medical Assisting. Currently, she is employed as an HIM Analyst for a Long-Term Care establishment that is based out of Alabama. Previously she was employed as the lead instructor for the Allied Health Department for a local career institute. LaTisha's field of expertise is in the area of physician-based inpatient coding and Emergency Department coding. The certifications that she holds are as follows: a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), and a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). In preparation for ICD-10-CM, LaTisha received her ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Certification from American Health Information Association (AHIMA), where she is currently a member. LaTisha is also a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the National Healthcare Association (NHA) where she is a test proctor.
Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, a master's degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and owns her own consulting firm.
Lydia S. Stewart
Lydia S. Stewart, RN, BSN, currently serves as the Revenue Cycle Manager at a large regional medical center. Lydia has been a Registered Nurse for 23 years, 15 of those years specializing in Critical Care Nursing and supervision. She is responsible for Medical Audits, Charge Capture, and governmental compliance audits and reviews. Lydia is a member of the Louisiana Medical Auditor Association and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
Bunny Reeves is the senior ambulatory surgery coder at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She trains student coders at Maimonides Medical Center and previously trained and supervised entry-level coders at Staten Island's St. Vincent Medical Center. Reeves is a Certified Coding Specialist, accredited by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Sharon L. Blackford
Sharon L. Blackford, MA, BA, RMA, has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She has a Master's degree in Organizational Management, a Bachelor's degree in Business Management, and has served as a Registered Medical Assistant since 1994. Sharon was an active duty Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army for 10 years. Sharon later moved to the Gulf Coast to accept a position as the Director of Education of Blue Cliff College and was promoted to Campus Director.
Stacey O'Brien has more than 10 years of experience in medical coding and reimbursement. Ms. O'Brien has been a risk adjustment coder for a Medicare advantage plan, audited medical records for a consulting firm, and currently supervises the coding and electronic claims submission process for a group medical practice. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a CPC coding certification from the AAPC.
Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
In order to sit for national certification exams, candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Therefore, it is recommended you have this before enrolling in this course. Certification exams offered by AAPC and NHA are only available online to candidates located in the US. AHIMA only offers in-person exams in both the US and Globally.
- This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
- Microsoft Word or equivalent (not included with enrollment)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following digital textbook for the Medical Terminology are accessed via links in the lessons:
- Medical Terminology for Health Professions (eBook)
The following digital textbooks for Medical Billing and Coding are accessed via links in the lessons:
- Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Billing and Reimbursement, by Michelle A. Green
- Accompanying Workbook: Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Billing and Reimbursement
The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment in Medical Billing and Coding:
- ICD-10-CM Expert for Physicians
- CPT Professional
- HCPCS Level II Professional
Choice of study guide/voucher package upon course completion:
- CBCS Study Guide
- Professional Review Guide for the CCA Examination and ICD-10-PCS Expert
- Official CPC Certification Study Guide
Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.
*The course includes the current year of coding books, and you will be responsible for purchasing your updated coding books from year to year.
Medical Billers and Coders are responsible for processing patient data including medical records and related insurance. In this position, you will code a patient's diagnosis and then request payment from the patient's insurance company. You will play an important role in ensuring that healthcare providers are quickly and accurately paid for the treatment they give patients.
Medical Billers and Coders work in a variety of settings. The most common settings include hospitals, doctors' offices and insurance agencies. Some medical billing and coding professionals work for companies that develop medical software, and some work for education institutions that work to train other medical billers and coders. Government agencies have also been known to employ medial billers and coders including the National Center for Health Statistics and Medicaid offices. You may also have the ability to work for a reputable company from your own home!
A day in the life of a Medical Biller and Coder is a rewarding one. You are responsible for ensuring that healthcare providers receive appropriate compensation for the care they provide as well as helping patients get the maximum benefit of their insurance. It is a job that requires a high level of attention to detail at all times because codes must be correct to produce appropriate bills for services. Much of your time will be spent in front of a computer organizing statements, reviewing bills, and performing quality control. You also may be required to negotiate with insurance companies via phone on behalf of providers or patients. It's also important to coordinate with other coders to ensure accuracy and adherence to standards. Finally, you'll want to keep up on the latest developments and regulations in the industry through continuing education.
Medical billers are mainly responsible for submitting patient records to government agencies and insurance companies for services that have been provided in the care of the patient. Medical coders gather information on patient records and assign the proper codes for patient diagnosis which are then used by medical billers to submit claim forms.
Yes. There is a high demand for qualified medical billing and coding professionals in the healthcare industry today. Demand will increase as the population in the Unites States ages. Jobs for these professionals are on the rise and expected to grow faster than average through 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to the AAPC 2022 Salary Survey results, non-certified medical records specialists average $46,321 per year, while certified medical records specialists can average $56,290 annually — 17.7% more than their noncertified colleagues.
Our medical coding courses are self-paced and completed in 12 months or less. You will then have the option to prepare and sit for one of the following national certifications: 1) NHA's Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS), 2) AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC), or 3) AHIMA's Certified Coding Associate (CCA). Once you are certified, you'll have the qualifications you need to find an entry-level job.
The path to a career in medical billing and coding typically starts with certification. There are different medical billing and coding certifications offered through certifying bodies, so it's important to choose which one is right for you. This course allows you to choose one of three national certifications to sit for upon completion.
To become a Certified Medical Coder, you need to take an online training course that teaches you the CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II code sets. Most employers are looking for applicants to have a medical coding certification. After successfully completing this course, you will have the knowledge and skillset to become a medical coder and can sit for one of three national certification exams included in your tuition: 1) NHA's Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS), 2) AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC), or 3) AHIMA's Certified Coding Associate (CCA).
Due to the more technical nature of the job and increased training requirements, medical coders do tend to make more than medical billers on an annual basis. Both medical billers and medical coders are in high demand. According to the AAPC, Medical Billers (also known as Medical Records Specialists) on average can earn a salary of $46,321. According to the AAPC 2022 Salary Survey results, Certified Medical Coders can earn, an average annual salary of $56,981. Keep in mind, years of experience, specialty, geographic location, and multiple certifications can all play a part in this reporting average.
Other than a handful of exceptions, medical billing and medical coding are two separate professions. You do not need a degree for either profession, but successful coders usually obtain certification. This course will fully prepare you for a career as either a medical biller or a medical coder, including recommended certification. Once you've completed your training, you will decide which area fits your personality and career goals best and move in that direction.
CPC, or Certified Professional Coder, is the primary medical coding credential offered by AAPC. AAPC's CPC certification is the gold standard in medical coding and represents world-class expertise that is highly sought and well-compensated by medical organizations across the country.
The CPC certification is the gold standard in medical coding and represents world-class expertise that is highly sought and well-compensated by medical organizations across the country.
After successfully completing this online course, you will receive a prepaid voucher to register for the CPC Exam and schedule your test date. Registration should be done three weeks prior to the exam date. After passing the CPC exam, you will have your CPC-A designation without 2 years of prior experience. Completion of the included CPC Practicode will qualify as 1 year of experience towards the full CPC designation. Completing this program also qualifies for 1 year of experience, thus completing both steps and passing the CPC exam will provide you with the full CPC designation and remove the Apprenticeship status.
The Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam is administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). It is a common advanced credential for medical coders in physician office settings.
Once the CPC designation is achieved, your AAPC Membership (included) is required to be renewed annually and 36 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) must be submitted every two years for verification and authentication of expertise.
Medical billing and coding is hardly a career you can jump into and learn on the job. A medical biller and coder must understand the Healthcare Common procedure Coding System (HCPCS), as well as CPT Category II codes and ICD-10 codes. Training courses will teach you what these codes are, how to use them, and how to assign them in common medical billing and coding procedures
According to the AAPC 2022 Salary Survey results, a Certified Professional Coder can average $56,981 annually. Keep in mind, years of experience, specialty, geographic location, and multiple certifications can all play a part in this reporting average.
AAPC, or the American Academy of Professional Coders, is an independent organization founded in 1988 to provide education and professional certification to medical coders. They have over 190,000 members and offers 28 certifications related to medical billing, medical coding, healthcare documentation and more.
The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam is an entry-level certification provided through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). It indicates proficiency in medical coding in hospital and office settings.
CBCS stands for Certified Billing and Coding Specialist, and it is a designation earned from the nationally recognized National Healthcareer Association (NHA). With this credential, you'll gain billing and coding skills that are essential to various medical facilities including hospitals, surgery centers, physician offices, nursing homes, mental health facilities, home healthcare agencies, and dental offices. Earning your CBCS credential will prove to prospective employers that you have what it takes to work with patient information, prevent fraud and abuse, support coding and billing practices, submit claims, and help healthcare providers gain maximum reimbursement for services.
Yes, this course prepares you for three certifications: 1) Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam, offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), 2) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, offered by American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam, offered by AHIMA. You will receive a voucher for the certification exam of your choosing after successfully completing the course. Online certification exams through NHA and AAPC are offered in the US only.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.
If you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.
Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.
Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through. In addition, you will receive an exam voucher and applicable study materials for your choice of the following national certification exams: 1) NHA's Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS), 2) AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC), or 3) AHIMA's Certified Coding Associate (CCA).
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