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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. You’ll be surprised at the average cost of online school today.
- 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.
Choose Medical Billing and Coding Training for a secure career and an impressive salary.
What does a Medical Biller and Coder Do?
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.
The Secure Job of the Future
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
Earn an impressive salary 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
- Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) exam from theAmerican Medical Billing Association.
- Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam American Academy of Professional Coders’
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:
Blackstone Medical Billing and Coding Online Training Study Guides
Eighteen separate units designed by Blackstone Career Institute will guide you through the Medical Billing and Coding online training course. These study units are broken into smaller sections, which will allow you to better process and retain the material in the readings. Each study unit chapter includes objectives, an overview, teacher’s notes, and a self-check.
Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office, by Marilyn T. Fordney, Elsevier Publishers
ISBN: 9781437722567/ Ebook-ISBN: 5551437722567. This e-book is a comprehensive source for teaching the subject of health insurance and reimbursement. The book covers managed health care, legal and regulatory issues, medical coding systems, reimbursement methodologies, coding for medical necessity, and common health insurance plans. You will receive this text with Study Unit 10 if you are on a payment plan.
CodeManager Online: Elite, American Medical Association Publishers
You will have access to a searchable database, coding manuals ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM, HCPCS Level II and CPT with Study Unit 10 if you are on a payment plan
Computers in the Medical Office – 8th Edition, by Susan Sanderson, McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 9780073402130/ E-ISBN: Custom with Enrollment The e-book Computers in the Medical Office provides a hands-on approach to learning one of the most popular medical office billing and practice management software packages available. The ebook comes with online access to a MediSoft VI 7 simulated practice program so that you can practice your skills using the same software used on the job.
Step by Step Medical Coding – by Carol J. Buck, Elsevier
ISBN: 9781455744657/ E-book ISBN: 13 5551455744657 This comprehensive medical coding text is written by educators and experienced coders to help learners master the complexities of medical coding. This expanded edition addresses a variety of medical specialties including dermatology, cardiology, primary care, and orthopedics, and tackles the common coding problems encountered in the real world. Medical coding exercises provide practice for learners and enable them to test their knowledge, helping to round out your medical billing and coding online training.
Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing Online
ISBN: 978-1608316922. Defining more than 56,000 terms, Stedman’s gives clear definitions in nursing and allied health professions. You will have one year of online access to this valuable reference, which includes audio pronunciations, images, and nearly 50 videos presenting anatomy in motion-a valuable resource that enhances your medical billing and coding online training.
Blackstone’ s Exclusive Online Typing Tutor
Whether you are a novice typist or just need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.
Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations, by Ruth Woodrow, Delmar Publishers
ISBN: 9781435480339/ E-book ISBN: 9781111552534 This e-book introduces you to pharmacological terminology; common drug classes, forms, dosages and routes of administration; abbreviations and symbols; and systems of measurement.
Access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center
Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, and receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.
In addition, Blackstone will also provide you with:
Testing Throughout the Course
Eighteen multiple-choice exams assist us in assessing your understanding of the concepts taught throughout the billing and coding program. In addition, there are many self-checks that you can complete throughout the program to evaluate your own progress.
You will receive an official transcript and a certificate upon successful completion of the entire program. A copy of your transcript will also be on permanent file with Blackstone and is available for a nominal fee.
Ample Time to Complete Your Online Course
You have up to one year to complete the online Blackstone Medical Billing and Coding program. If additional time is needed, a six-month extension can be purchased.
Your mailed or e-mailed assignments will be individually graded by Blackstone’s team of qualified instructors. When you submit your exams through the Online Student Center, you will receive an electronic Grade Report instantly.
Your success is important to us! Any time you need assistance, please contact us. We will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or problems you encounter with the course materials or exams.
Your tuition cost covers your entire program, including all e-books, e-study guides, exam evaluation services, access to the Online Student Center, and your certificate upon graduation.
Blackstone’s financial assistance programs include Military Tuition Assistance, Military Spouse MyCAA and GI Bill Education Benefits for veterans. BCI also offers its own payment plans, which are interest-free.
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