Career Training Programs
Medical Billing and Coding
Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding Career Training Program teaches you about ICD9 and ICD10‐CM, Medisoft V17, HCPCS II, and gives you exclusive access to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) online materials and resources. Graduates of Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding program may qualify for employment in a variety of settings, including a medical office, hospital, insurance company, or even your own home. Graduates of Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding program are qualified to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam administered the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) exam from the American Billing Association (AMBA), and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Certification provides further assurance of skills and knowledge to employers.
- Prerequisite: High School or General Equivalency Diploma
- Study Method: E-books with online study guides and exams
- Program Length: Completion time ranges from 6-12 months, with students given the option of up to 18 months if needed. Students must satisfy all academic and financial obligations to graduate from their program.
After completing the Medical Billing and Coding Career Training Program, students will be able to:
- To define and explain different learning styles and learning strategies.
- To identify the parts of a computer and explain how technology is used in the office.
- To identify common word elements in medical terms.
- To identify common medical terms related to the organization of the body and the various body systems.
- To analyze medical terms to determine their meaning.
- To identify the parts of speech, the parts of sentences, and sentence type.
- To demonstrate correct English usage by choosing the correct part of speech in a sentence.
- To evaluate written communications to identify problems and suggest solutions.
- To explain and identify types of health insurance.
- To understand the life cycle of an insurance claim.
- To demonstrate an understanding of ICD-9-CM, ICD-10, HCPCS II, and CPT coding.
- To study medical office procedures.
- To evaluate resumes and cover letters to identify problems and offer solutions.
- To consider ways to proactively search for work as a healthcare professional.
Why Become a Medical Biller and Coder?
Medical billing and coding professionals work with patient medical records and assign codes for patient diagnosis, medical procedures, tests, and more. They bill health insurance companies, third-party payers, and the patient.
BCI’s Medical Billing and Coding training program trains you in CPT, HCPCS II, and ICD-9/10-CM. It’s imperative that you know ICD-10 for the ongoing changes in the healthcare industry.
Employment Outlook for Medical Billers and Coders
Advancement opportunities in health information technology continue to increase, and the medical billing and coding career is the fastest growing field. It is expected to grow much quicker than average for all occupations through 2020, due to rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures in an aging population.
Those working in the medical billing and coding field can utilize their skills from our career training program in a variety of healthcare facilities including:
- Nursing homes
- Medical practices
- Medical clinics
- Home health agencies
- Insurance firms
- Public health departments
- Government agencies
- Self-employed home business
What You Can Earn Working as a Medical Biller and Coder
Many factors are considered when calculating salary for the medical billing and coding career, such as where you live, education level and years of job experience. Becoming certified in your field can add to your career value and increase your salary. Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding online training program prepares you get the certifications you need for advancement.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those working in a medical billing and coding career earned up to $53,430 annually, with the middle 50% earning as high as $39,490.
Certified Medical Billers and Coders Earn More
Becoming certified in your field typically leads to a higher salary and more advancement opportunities in the healthcare industry. Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding online training program prepares you to obtain the following certifications:
- Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
- Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) exam from the American Medical Billing Association (AMBA)
- Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
Our accredited online Medical Billing and Coding Career Training Program prepares you for an entry-level position as a medical billing and/or coding clerk in a medical office, clinic or hospital. Our program consists of practical lessons and hands on experience needed when entering the medical billing and coding career including:
- Medical terminology
- HIPAA regulations
- Insurance billing and coding
- Medical office practice
- Electronic claims processing
Complete our Medical Billing and Coding Career Training Program online – anytime, anywhere. Blackstone will provide you with the following tools for success:
- Comprehensive textbook and study guide materials
- 24/7 access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center
- Dedicated academic and customer support
- Additional online content and resources via Blackstone’s social media
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