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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 Single Certificate has 135 hours of instruction and 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 (183 hours)

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.

Registration and Tuition:
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. Tuition is $3,200 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 $3600. To register for courses please click on the Course Browser/RegistrationClick the button to view the Program Brochure.   A list of required textbooks is available here.

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 Payment Plan options are available. Students must register in person to enroll in a payment plan option. Certificate Students must visit or contact the registration office at 212-650-3850 Monday through Friday 9am-5pm to choose their class schedule per semester.  Learn more about the benefits of registering for the entire certificate program.

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 will be delayed for a minimum of one year. 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

Fall 2014 Semester Day Time Dates
Medical Terminology Tue. & Thu. 6:00-8:30pm 9/9-10/30
Medical Terminology Tue. & Thu. 6:00pm-9:05pm 11/4-12/18; Skips 11/27
ICD-9 Coding, S1 Tue. & Thu. 6:00-9:00pm 9 /9-10/9
ICD-9 Coding, S2 Tue. & Thu. 6:00-9:00pm 11/11-12/16; Skips 11/27
CPT-4 Coding  Tue. & Thu. 6:00-9:05pm 10/28-12/18; Skips 11/11-13, 11/27
Regulations Monday 6:00-9:20pm 1/5/15 - 1/26/15; Skips 1/19
Medical Billing Wednesday 6:00-9:45pm 1/7/15 - 1/28/15
Accelerated ICD-10 Tue. & Thu. 6:00-9:15pm 1/6/15 - 1/20/15
Combined Certificate Courses
Outpatient Facility Coding Tuesday
6:00-10:00pm 11/4-12/9
Inpatient Facility Coding Tuesday 6:00-10:00pm 9/16-10/21

Combined Certificate in Outpatient and Inpatient Medical Billing $4,300

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 and ICD-10 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.

Prerequisites: Students interested in this program must complete: Medical Terminology, ICD-9- Coding, CPT-4 Coding.  

Students interested in this program must complete all 5 courses outlined in the Medical Coding & Billing Certificate and the 2 courses listed below. If you would also like to register for ICD10 tuition is $4600. Click here for Payment Plan.  The First course taken must be Medical Terminology. 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.

Inpatient Facility Coding
Prerequisite: Medical Terminology, ICD-9, ICD10 and CPT-4

Outpatient Facility Coding
Prerequisite: Medical Terminology, ICD-9, IDC10 and CPT-4

To register for courses online, please click on the Course Browser/Registration

Required Text Books:

Medical Terminology: "The Language of Medicine" by Davi-Ellen Chabner.

ICD-9 and CPT: If you join the AAPC, you can get a discount on this package - follow the links below:

* These new book bundles contain ICD-10, because the transition was expected this year, but students can get an ICD-9 book at a discounted rate if they purchase it individually, any year between 2012 - 2014.  The books have remained the same in expectation of ICD-10.

 

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