: EnglishShort Description
: Medical Billing and Coding specialists are responsible for processing patient data such as treatment records and related insurance information, coding patient’s diagnosis, and requesting payment from insurance companies. Without these specialist, healthcare providers would not receive compensation for their valuable services. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for certified medical coders will increase 22 percent through the year 2022 making this the fastest growing healthcare career. The 2016 median income for a certified medical coder was between $29,360-$51,850, this varies depending on location and experience level.
What’s in this program? This program consists of four individual courses, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, and ICD-10. Each of these courses will provide the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the billing and coding field. In this complete program learners will learn a basic knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy & physiology, how to process insurance claims, how to complete insurance forms, trace claims, appeal denied claims, proper coding using CPT, ICD-10, and HCPCS, and the organization and use of the provided coding manuals.Instructor Description
: This course provides students with skilled instructors. Instructors who are well trained in a unique "mastery" methodology and who provide one-on-one instruction to their students to ensure mastery of the course material. The instructor is available to answer any questions a learner may have including questions on course content, course material, certifications, and even industry questions. Instructors also monitor the progress of learners to ensure training retention and program advancement. In eLearning, motivation is a key tool to success. Because of this, the instructors provide encouraging comments, feedback, and coaching to motivate learners throughout the duration of the program to support completion and success!Certification
: After completing this program students will be prepared to sit for the AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.
A CPC must have at least two years medical coding experience (member's with an apprentice designation are not required to have two years medical coding experience.) Membership 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.
Due to the level of expertise required of medical coders, AAPC expects certified coders to be able to perform not only in an exam setting but also in the real world. In addition to passing the certification exam, coders will also be required to demonstrate on-the-job coding experience. Those who pass the CPC exam but have not yet met this requirement will be designated as an Apprentice (CPC-A) on their certificate.
CPC-A Status: Members with an Apprentice designation are still required to submit annual CEUs while completing the coding job requirement.
Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.
This program does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials. This program includes the below listed materials:
• Current Year AMA’s CPT, ICD, and HCPCS Coding Manuals
• 2017 Step-by-Step Medical Coding by Carol J. Buck
• Workbook for 2017 Step-by-Step Medical Coding by Carol J. Buck
• Medical Terminology: A Short Course -by Davi-Ellen Chabner