Medical Coding and Billing Certificate
The Certificate program in Medical Coding and Billing will prepare students for a dynamic career in the health care industry. Students will step right into positions such as medical coder, abstracter, coding specialist, coding compliance auditor, reimbursement manager, collection supervisor and billing compliance specialist.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 18% through 2016 faster than the average for all occupations.” Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and is producing more advanced medical procedures and treatments. With these advances comes the need for trained professionals with the knowledge to code, bill, and correctly document the performance of these procedures. Trained professionals will be needed to ensure correct coding and documentation of new and established procedures to pass potential audits by federal as well as private insurance payers.
The Medical Coding & Billing Certificate is designed for students who wish to acquire a thorough understanding of the human anatomy, the language used in the medical profession, regulations that govern the practice of medicine, and the knowledge of how to correctly code and bill for services provided. The program will also prepare students to sit for the national certification exam given by the American Academy of Professional Coders, AAPC. Upon successfully passing the exam, candidates will earn the credential, Certified Professional Coder, CPC, or CPCH for the Combined Certificate.
Upon completion of the program, students will be knowledgeable on all aspects of ICD-9, HCPCS and CPT-4 coding, understand government regulations that affect reimbursement and documentation, have a thorough understanding of filing insurance claims, understand the differences between federal carriers and managed care companies, worker’s compensation and no fault billing, the meaning and implications of medical necessity, correct reimbursement procedures, and revenue cycle management. Students can expect to be employed in physician offices, multi-specialty group practices, insurance companies, outpatient care facilities, and with government agencies.
This program consists of 5 required courses which must be taken in the following order: Medical Terminology, ICD-9 Coding, CPT-4 Coding, Medical Billing with Practicum. 'Regulations' can be taken at any time. In addition to the classroom hours, our Medical Coding and Billing students will now have access to an 80-hour online training available through the American Association of Professional Coders. The 80-hour online training covers the following topics: The Business of Medicine; Medical Anatomy and Terminology; ICD-9; and CPT-4.This extra feature is included in the price of the program. If you are a registered nurse you do not need to take the Medical Terminology class. You must bring a transcript as proof you have completed this class. The tuition is $3,900 plus a one time $20 registration fee, or you can register for each course individually, with a $20 registration fee per semester. If you would also like to register for ICD10·tuition is $4200. To register for courses please click on the Course Browser/Registration.·Click the button to view the Program Brochure.·· A list of required textbooks is available here.
The training includes written materials, quizzes, lectures and chapters' review exams. Students will also have an opportunity to take a final exam that will prepare them to sit for the CPC certification exam. An additional workbook and textbook for CPC at the cost of $89.95 will need to be purchased directly from AAPC. Students will have access to the online training for 10 months.
Benefits from joining our Medical Coding and Billing certificate:
1. 80-hour online training
2. Opportunity to practice for the CPC national exam
3. Discounted fees for:
• AAPC membership - $70
• CPC exam registration - $260
• Physician Bundle 1 (ICD-9, CPT HCPCS) - $169.95
• Workbook and Textbook for CPC - $89.95
A NOTE TO OUR STUDENTS: The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) has determined that all certification exams will continue testing on ICD-9-CM until a new coding classification system is officially implemented. The implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS is currently scheduled for October 2015. Continuing Education will offer ICD-10 as an optional course for students who complete the Medical Coding & Billing Certificate. The $495 fee is not included in the certificate cost. CE students are eligible for a 10% discount.
Students that registered before Fall 2013 (125 hour $2900 Single Certificate): There were 5 required courses to complete Medical Terminology, ICD9, CPT4, Medical Billing and Regulation. Combined Certificate $3800 all previous courses plus Outpatient and Impatient (48 hours)
Students that started in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 (151 hour $3100): There are 5 required courses required courses to complete Medical Terminology, ICD9, CPT4, Medical Billing and Regulation. Combined Certificate $4200 all previous courses plus Outpatient and Impatient (48 hours)
Note: Certificate Cannot Be Completed In One Semester
|Spring 2015 Semester||Day||Time||Dates|
|Regulations||Tue. & Thu.||6:00-9:20pm||5/26-6/2|
|Medical Billing, S1
|Medical Billing, S2||Tuesday||7:50-10:00pm||5/12-6/23|
|Accelerated ICD-10||Tue. & Thu.||6:00-9:15pm||5/7-5/21|
|Summer 2015 Semester||Day||Time||Dates|
|Medical Terminology||Tue. & Thu.||6:00-8:30pm||6/4-8/4; Skips 7/14 & 7/16|
|ICD-9 Coding, S1||Tue. & Thu.||6:00-9:00pm||Not available this semester.|
|ICD-9 Coding, S2||Tue. & Thu.||6:00-9:00pm||Not available this semester.|
|CPT-4 Coding, S1||Tue. & Thu.||6:00-9:05pm||6/9-7/21|
|CPT-4 Coding, S2||Tue. & Thu.||6:00-9:00pm||Not available this semester.|
|Regulations||Tue. & Thu.||6:00-9:20pm||7/23-7/30|
|Medical Billing, S1
|Medical Billing, S2||Saturday||1:00-4:00pm||7/18-8/15|
|Accelerated ICD-10||Tue. & Thu.||6:00-8:40pm||7/28-8/13|
|Combined Certificate Courses|
|Outpatient Facility Coding||Thursday
|Inpatient Facility Coding||Thursday||6:00-8:40pm||Not available this semester.|
Combined Certificate in Outpatient and Inpatient Medical Billing $4,900
This program begins with an overview of coding and billing for hospital services. The first course is focused specifically on outpatient coding and billing. The second course covers coding and billing for inpatient services. Students will further develop proficiency in basic coding and billing skills while expanding knowledge of technical services in coding and billing, as well as gain insight into guidelines and principles for facility inpatient and outpatient coding and billing, including assigning ICD-9-CM diagnostic codes, ICD-9-CM procedure codes, and CPT & HCPCS procedure codes in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings. Students will also have an understanding of all major steps in a hospital’s revenue cycle, payer-specific payment methodologies and regulatory guidelines for coding and billing facility services through review of assigned reading materials, attendance and participation in class time lectures. By the end of this program, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the basic concepts of coding and billing for facility inpatient and outpatient services through completion of assigned practice exercises and case studies and pass a written examination demonstrating understanding and competency in the above. Students interested in this program must complete all 5 courses outlined in the Medical Coding & Billing Certificate as well as the 2 courses below. Prerequisites: Medical Terminology, ICD-9 and CPT-4.
Inpatient Facility Coding
Prerequisite: Medical Terminology, ICD-9 and CPT-4
Outpatient Facility Coding
Prerequisite: Medical Terminology, ICD-9 and CPT-4
To register for courses online, please click on the Course Browser/Registration
Medical Terminology: "The Language of Medicine" by Davi-Ellen Chabner.
Including ICD-10: https://www.aapc.com/medical-coding-books/2015/2015-icd-10-cm-book.aspx
With ICD-10: https://www.aapc.com/medical-coding-books/2015/ICD-10-CM-Bundle-for-Hospitals.aspx Plus ICD-10-PCS