Medical Billing and Coding

Medical Billing and Coding (Includes CBCS)

A Certified Billing and Coding Specialist's main focus is on converting a medical procedure, diagnosis, or symptom into specific codes for submitting a claim for reimbursement.

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Quick Answers: Training for Medical Insurance Billing and Coding

What is Medical Billing and Coding?

Medical billing is the process of submitting claims to health insurance companies to receive payment for services rendered in a medical facility. Medical coding involves converting diagnosis, procedures, services, and equipment into universal alphanumeric codes.

Medical records and health information technicians are the primary professionals whose job duties include billing and coding.

What Do Medical Records and Health Information Technicians Do?

Health information technicians manage health data and ensure accuracy and security is maintained in paper files and electronic systems. They also use classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.

Health information technicians may specialize in an aspect of health information; some work as medical coders, sometimes called coding specialists.

How Much Does a Medical Records and Health Information Technicians Earn?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median pay of medical records and health information technicians is approximately $38,040 per year. This career is projected to grow 15% (faster than the average) through 2024.

What Education is Required to Become a Medical Records and Health Information Technician?

A postsecondary certificate is often required to enter the occupation, although some may need an associate’s degree. Health information programs often cover medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health data requirements, classification and coding systems, reimbursement methods, statistics, and computer systems.

What is the Medical Billing and Coding Program About?

The 390-hour Medical Billing and Coding program at Meditec prepares learners for entry-level positions as a medical biller, claims examiner, medical coder, and related occupations. The program helps you pass the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) CBCS (Certified Billing and Coding Specialist) certification exam and get a job in private health care practices, clinics, government agencies, insurance companies, and other health care facilities.

Why Should I Take the Medical Billing and Coding Program at Meditec?

Meditec is largely an online career training school, so learners can complete programs even if they have other responsibilities outside school. Meditec programs are written and updated by industry experts. And they are affordable too! Plus, Meditec has several financial programs for students seeking scholarships, grants or payment plans as well as the MyCAA program for military spouses.

Meditec graduates are career-ready with the necessary skills. A 96% student satisfaction rate is a testament to our commitment to educating lifelong learners.

Sources:
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm#tab-1

Program Title:

Medical Billing and Coding (Includes CBCS)

Program Duration:

390 hours/6 months

Program Price:

$3,395

Program Description:

A Certified Billing and Coding Specialist’s main focus is on converting a medical procedure, diagnosis, or symptom into specific codes for submitting a claim for reimbursement. As a CBCS, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Accurately locate documentation in the patient record to support coding and billing process
  • Accurately assign codes for diagnoses and procedures
  • Submit claims for reimbursement based on payer policies and procedures
  • Coach providers on the best documentation practices to support quality coding and optimal reimbursement

Benefits to obtaining a Billing and Coding Certification may include: more job opportunities, an increased pay scale, and increased subject matter expertise.

The Medical Billing and Coding with Medical Terminology program, including the CBCS preparation, is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level employment as a medical biller, claims examiner, medical coder and related occupations in the medical industry. Graduates of this program will be employable by private health care practices, clinics, government agencies,insurance companies and other health care facilities.

The program teaches students how to perform medical billing, submit claims to insurance companies, and evaluate coding practices. Students will also be provided the tools for developing compliance programs that will meet the standards of health care rules and regulations. Upon completion of the program, students will possess the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain employment.

The program includes the online study guide, practices exam, and CBCS exam voucher to sit for the NHA Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) Exam.

Program Syllabus:

Medical Terminology: 50 hours

Knowledge of Medical Terminology is integral for any medical professional seeking a complete understanding of medical vocabulary.

In this course, you will come across terminology used in everyday medical language. You will learn how a majority of medical terms can be broken up into word roots, combining vowels, prefixes, and suffixes to arrive at their meanings. You will also learn complementary terms, abbreviations, and words that cannot be broken into parts. You will be able to recognize the definitions, spellings, and correct pronunciations of a large number of medical terms. Through scenarios and interactivities, this course will provide you with ample opportunity to apply and practice the concepts learned, and prepare you for your role as a professional in the healthcare industry.

Medical Coding: 200 Hours

Medical Coding introduces you to the three types of medical coding systems used in health care: ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS Level II. You will learn how to transform medical descriptions of diagnoses and procedures into codes using reimbursement and coding guidelines.

Through scenarios and interactivities, this course provides you with ample opportunity to apply and practice the concepts learned. This course would be valuable for anyone preparing for a career in medical coding and related professions.

Medical Billing: 140 Hours

The complexities of medical billing require professionals who have a complete understanding of the reimbursement process. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of medical billing, which include forms preparation, processing, and follow-up for reimbursement. In addition, you will learn about the evolution of medical reimbursement, reimbursement methodologies, legal and regulatory issues, national diagnosis systems, and procedure coding systems.

Through scenarios and interactivities, this course provides you with ample opportunity to apply and practice the concepts learned and prepares you for your role as a professional in the health insurance industry.

Billing and Coding Specialist Certification Online Preparation:

Prepare for the Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam with an engaging study guide tutorial and online practice test. These resources are aligned to the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) CBCS exam blueprint.

Study Guide Tutorial

This one-of-a-kind online study guide tutorial engages and helps prepare candidates for the Certified Billing Coding (CBCS) exam and is aligned to the National Health career Association (NHA) CBCS exam blueprint.

Ideal for preparation this study guide includes five chapters along with three case studies and a summary section.

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Claims processing
  • Front-end duties
  • Payment adjudication
  • Apply knowledge of coding

CBCS Tutorial Details

  • Instructional lesson content
  • Review questions 50 practice drill questions and 17 case study questions

Online Practice Test

Prepare for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam with immediate feedback from the CBCS online practice test. The practice tests are designed to help prepare candidates for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) CBCS certification exam.

This 100 item practice test offers an assessment of basic comprehension and mastery of billing and coding principles, providing explanations for items missed.

Assessed Concepts

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Claims processing
  • Front-end duties
  • Payment adjudication
  • Apply knowledge of coding

CBCS Practice Test Details

  • Online practice assessments can be accessed from any Internet connection, offering candidates the flexibility to test anytime.
  • Practice test is aligned to the NHA exam blueprint and works in conjunction with the CBCS study guide.
  • Assessment contains explanations for correct and incorrect answers.
  • Online assessments may be accessed five times with each purchase.
  • Online assessments have a 500 minute time limit.

Program Syllabus Link:

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Program Classroom Link:

https://lms.360training.com/lms/login.do

Program Materials:

  • Understanding Health Insurance Billing textbook
  • ICD10
  • CPT
  • Step by Step Coding
  • HCPCS
  • Exploring Medical Language, 8th edition (Lafleur), Elsevier

*Note: The standard shipping process usually requires 10-14 business days within the US. Weekends or holidays do not count. International/APO/ FPO/ PO Box address may experience delays. Please be aware that your materials will not be shipped until your start date.

Program System Requirements:

Operating System:

  • Windows XP SP2 or newer

Hardware:

  • Video card
  • Sound card
  • 512 MB RAM or greater of memory

Software:

Web Browser:

  • The most recent version of browsers: Firefox, Internet Explorer.
  • Cookies must be enabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled
  • Pop-ups must be enabled/allowed

Other:

  • Headphones or Speakers

Wendy Dillon

Wendy brings with her more than 25 years experience in billing, coding, medical office management and medical assisting. Her background includes positions as a clerical medical assistant, clinical medical assistant, medical records technician, medical transcriptionist, emergency medical technician, Emergency Department unit clerk, medical office manager, biller and coder. In addition to emergency medicine, she has worked in the specialties of urgent care, family practice, general practice, dermatology, otorhinolaryngology, orthopedics and audiology.

Wendy is certified by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and by the Practice Management Institute (PMI) as a Certified Medical Office Manager (CMOM). As an office manager/biller/coder, she was a member of the Michigan Osteopathic Association of Practice Managers, Michigan Medical Group Managers, Michigan Medical Billers Association. She also served as a committee member of the Michigan Osteopathic Association of Practice Managers Education Committee and the Michigan Osteopathic Association Informatics and Technology Committee.

Instructor’s Program Schedule and Contact Information

Availability: Sun-Thursday 1PM-4PM, 7PM–10PM Central
Phone: 512-539-2741 (Voicemail Only)

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/wendydillon360/

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