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Medical Insurance Billing and Coding CASTS

The Medical Insurance Billing and Coding program is a two-semester certificate program designed to prepare students for employment as medical insurance specialists and/or medical coders in physicians’ offices, hospital billing offices, outpatient departments, and insurance companies. Depending on the health care setting where employed, the job duties could include both specializations of insurance billing and coding, or employees could specialize in either area. With a combination of both coding and insurance billing skills, graduates of this program can offer more flexibility to an employer in a medical setting.

The number of people seeking health care services has increased as a result of an aging population, technologic advances, and better access to health care. Health care in America has undergone tremendous changes in the recent past, and more changes are promised for the future. Health insurance claim processing and diagnostic and procedural coding skills are in demand in various health care settings.

Upon completion of the one-year certificate program, students may find employment in a combination of skills–coding and/or insurance billing. The skills employers need are dependent upon the type of medical setting.

Coding: Health care providers are reimbursed according to the codes submitted for the procedures and services rendered. Therefore, the role of medical coders is integral to most medical practices.

Insurance Billing: The insurance specialist is responsible for patient billing in physician, clinical, or hospital settings. Chart analysis, billing procedures, and correspondence with insurance carriers are part of the duties. Jobs are available in consulting firms, clinics, hospitals, multi-specialty medical groups, and private practices and are available in every state, ranging, from non-management to management positions.

Insurance billing specialist’s salaries may range widely, depending on knowledge, experience, locale, and size of the employing institution. Students completing this program will also have the choice of becoming their own boss by setting up a business in their homes, establishing an office, or accepting employment in an establishing settlement.

 

REQUIRED COURSES

Health Insurance Billing & Coding

Total Certificate Hours: 33

First Semester

Number

Title

Hrs

ADOF 111

Keyboarding/Document Proc I

3

ADOF 201

Office Accounting

3

BICO 101

Medical Coding ICD-9-CM

3

BICO 103

Medical Coding/CTP & HCPCS

3

MAST 105

Medical Terminology

3

Total Semester Hours

15

 

Second Semester

Number

Title

Hrs

ADOF 112

Keyboarding/Document Proc II

3

ADOF 251

Office Practice & Admin

3

BICO 102

Medical Insurance Billing

3

ENGL 101

Composition

3

MATH 101

General Mathematics

3

BIOL 105

Human Anatomy & Physiology

3

Total Semester Hours

18

Evaluation Sheet

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

 

 

 

 

 


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