Train to Be a Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Medical billing and coding is a rising star in the healthcare field today. This 100% online course will prepare you to start a career in this high-demand occupation and earn the medical billing and coding professional certification that best aligns with your interest and career goals. You’ll learn how to use the Healthcare Common procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and the CPT Category II and ICD-10 codes. Additionally, you’ll gain hands-on practice using medical billing and coding software. Upon course completion, you’ll receive a voucher for the certification exam of your choice: CPC, CCA or CBCS.

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Job Outlook for Medical Billing and Coding Specialists

Online Medical Billing and Coding Training FAQs

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.

Yes. Medical coders translate patient care into current procedural terminology (CPT) codes. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that the medical services provided are accurately coded. Medical billers are responsible for creating a claim based on the codes a medical coder provides. Many professionals in this area do both medical billing and medical coding.

Entry-level positions typically require completion of a certificate and passing one of the certification exams or an associate degree program in medical billing and coding. Additionally, medical billing and coding professionals must understand the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

In most cases, it takes between one and three years to become a medical biller and coder. Earning a medical billing and coding certification can take up to one year, while earning an associate degree can take up to three years.

Obtaining a CPC, CCA, or CBCS certification implies that an individual has met competencies in the field of medical billing and coding. Certification is invaluable to the student’s career goals. Students have an opportunity to make confident, informed decisions about the national certification they prefer.

The Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam is offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). It is the gold standard entry-level coding certification for physician, or professional fee, coders.

The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) is offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). It is an entry-level medical coding certification across all settings–physician practices and inpatient hospital.

The Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) is offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and is currently an entry-level medical billing certification for physician practices. In the summer of 2021, the exam will transition to an entry-level billing and coding certification, with the inclusion of ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS Level II testing.

U.S. News & World Report ranked medical records technician (professionals that perform medical billing, medical coding or both) as #9 on its list of “25 Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree,” #12 in “Best Health Care Support Jobs” and on the “The 100 Best Jobs” list.

Online Medical Billing and Coding Training Objectives

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

Curriculum

  • I. Medical Terminology
  • a. Introduction to Medical Terminology
  • b. The Musculoskeletal System
  • c. The Cardiovascular System
  • d. The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
  • e. The Respiratory System
  • f. The Digestive System
  • g. The Urinary System
  • h. The Nervous System
  • i. The Special Senses the Eyes and Ears
  • j. The Integumentary System
  • k. The Endocrine System
  • l. The Reproductive System
  • m. Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology
  • II. Medical Billing and Coding
  • a. Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding
  • b. Introduction to Health Insurance
  • c. Managed Healthcare
  • d. Revenue Cycle Management
  • e. Legal Aspects of Health Insurance and Reimbursement
  • f. ICD-10-CM Coding
  • g. CPT Coding
  • h. HCPCS Level II Coding
  • i. ICD-10-PCS Coding
  • j. Pharmacology for Coders
  • k. Midterm
  • l. Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)
  • m. Insurance Claims
  • n. Commercial Insurance
  • o. Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • p. Medicare
  • q. Medicaid, CHIP, TRICARE, Workers’ Compensation
  • r. Certification
  • s. How to Find a Job in Medical Billing and Coding
  • t. Final

Instructors

Nancy Smith
Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the health care 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. Smith holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.

LaTisha Cottingham
LaTisha Cottingham has over 20 years of experience in the health care industry. She has 6 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.

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