Medical Billing and Coding Program
Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the country and in need of qualified professionals in all areas. If you love technology and are detail-oriented, a career in medical billing and coding may offer you an opportunity to put your skills to use. Graduates of Rockford’s program can be qualified for entry-level positions in physicians’ offices, managed healthcare organizations, laboratories, medical centers, medical billing offices, and hospitals.
Classes in the Medical Billing and Coding Program
The program is designed to help you learn necessary skills in computer billing applications, administrative procedures, and medical law, along with courses in CPT, ICD, and HCPS coding, and insurance claim processing. Upon completion of the program, you can sit for the national voluntary Certified Professional Coding exam, administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders.
What Medical Billing and Coders Do
Although related, medical billing and medical coding are actually two separate functions. Depending on the company for which you work, one person could have both responsibilities. For larger practices with more patients, employees may specialize in one area. Also known as medical records and health information technicians, medical billing and coding specialists organize and manage health information data. They ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.
Career Outlook for Medical Billing and Coding Specialists
Now is a great time to enter the healthcare field! According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to grow by 22%, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2022.
Medical Billing and Coding Associate Degree Program
Our degree program provides students with a basic educational foundation for becoming a medical billing specialist, medical coder, health information technician, or medical records technician in today’s healthcare industry. This comprehensive program also includes General Education courses to help you develop communication and critical thinking skills. Full-time students typically complete the program in 24 months. Graduates of the Medical Assistant degree program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Learn more about Rockford’s medical billing and coding program.
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