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Online Medical Billing and Coding Course

This 100% online course will prepare you for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

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Train to be a Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist 

Medical billing and coding is one of the fastest growing work-from-home careers in the healthcare field! Our instructors will teach you everything you need to become a Certified Professional Coder. You’ll learn how to use the Healthcare Common procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and the CPT Category II and ICD-10 codes.   

Job Outlook for Medical Billing and Coding Specialists 


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical billing and coding specialists earn an average annual salary of $40,350 and work in one of the fastest growing professions. The BLS also estimates that at least 27,000 new jobs will be needed in this profession by 2026. 
 
FAQs About Medical Billing and Coding 

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MEDICAL BILLER AND A MEDICAL CODER?  
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. 
 
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING CAREER? 
Entry-level positions typically require completion of a certificate 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). 
 
HOW MANY YEARS DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A MEDICAL BILLER AND CODER? 
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. 
 
CAN MEDICAL BILLERS AND CODERS WORK REMOTE? 
Yes. However, this will vary depending on the healthcare organization that one works for and their level of experience within the medical billing and coding profession. 
 
IS MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING A GOOD CAREER? 
U.S. News and 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. 
 
Course Objectives 
Learn how the CPT Category II codes and ICD-10 codes work and how to assign them in common medical billing and coding procedures. 
Be fully prepared to sit for the CPC exam, offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders. 

Curriculum 


MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 
Learn common medical terminology of the body and how it relates to diagnostic procedures, nuclear medicine and pharmacology 
 
INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING 
Overview of medical billing and coding in today’s healthcare system 
 
HEALTHCARE LAW 
How HIPAA, the False Claims Act and the Stark Law protect health information  
 
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INSURANCE TERMS 
Health insurance terms, healthcare provider terms and third-party reimbursement methods 
 
PHARMACOLOGY FOR CODERS 
Definition of pharmacology, drug classifications and routes of administration 
 
ICD-10-CM 
Overview of ICD-10-CM, as well as coding guidelines, conventions and steps for assigning ICD-10-CM codes 
 
CPT AND HCPCS LEVEL II CODING 
How the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and CPT Code Book work, and steps for assigning CPT and HCPCS Level II codes 
 
ABSTRACTING INFORMATION FROM MEDICAL DOCUMENTS 
Coding from soap notes, consultation reports, operative reports, emergency room records and procedure reports 
 
NEW PATIENTS, INSURANCE CLAIMS AND EOBS 
Electronic, paper and hybrid medical records, practice management software and developing insurance claims 
 
SUBMITTING ELECTRONIC CLAIMS AND CMS 1500 
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), electronic claims submission and the National Uniform Claim Committee 
 
BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD 
Working with participating and nonparticipating providers 
 
MEDICARE 
Understanding Medicare, parts A, B, C and D 
 
OTHER HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS 
Medicaid, TRICARE, CHAMPVA and workers' compensation 
 
ICD-10-PCS (OPTIONAL LESSON) 
Overview, code structure and definitions of ICD-10-PCS  
 
SURVEY OF HOSPITAL BILLING 
Hospital revenue cycle, chargemaster, master patient index and prospective payment systems 
 
CAREER ROADMAP FOR MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING – FIND A JOB FAST 
Marketing your skills and talents, creating a résumé and cover letter, interviewing and salary negotiation 

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Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in a career in Medical Coding and Billing

Instructors

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. 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.

Sponsor

*Listing of sponsors does not represent endorsement by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/Extension.

Fee

Fee includes online course material

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Questions?

Phone: 715-836-3636
Toll Free: 866-893-2423

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Vicki Lord Larson Hall 1108
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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