The Medical Billing and Coding program offered by ACHT in Riverside, Santa Ana and Huntington Park, CA is designed to provide graduates with the skills necessary to qualify for entry-level positions in the insurance billing & coding field. Students will learn medical terminology, medical office management & billing/coding. Work-site learning in a medical facility is a component of this course.
Medical coders are essential to medical record keeping. Medical coders assign alphanumeric codes to specific injuries, illnesses and medical procedures, using a system of medical coding consistent across the health care system. Doctors and hospitals use the codes for planning and internal data collection, while public agencies and insurance companies require codes to reimburse health care providers.
A Medical Billing & Coding program at the American College of Healthcare and Technology (ACHT) prepares individuals to effectively and efficiently maintain a patient’s medical record and other health and medical information.Medical Billing & Coding is an important behind-the-scenes part of our health care system. Certified Medical Billers & Coders communicate between medical offices, patients & insurance companies. By assigning letters & numbers to diseases & conditions, injuries & medical procedures, they speed up the process of payment.
Medical billing and coding professionals require an ability to focus on details, and should have patience. Problem-solving skills are also useful and essential, as coders are required to determine which part of each medical report is relevant to bill / code for.Medical coders should have knowledge in the following areas:
Duties performed by a billing & coding specialist may include any combination of the following:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that medical billing and coding is one of the ten fastest growing allied health occupations. Employment for Medical Records and Health Information technicians is expected to increase by 21% between 2010 and 2020, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Medical billing & coding training provides an opportunity for graduates to benefit from the expanding health care job market. As demand for medical procedures continues to grow, medical coding is increasingly crucial to a facility’s smooth and successful operation.
Once hired, medical coders and billers hold secure jobs, with good futures. Supervisors often spend weeks or months directly training medical billers and coders. Once they are properly trained and have gained experience by participating in the daily office routine, there is a strong possibility that their positions will be long term.
Graduates of ACHT’s Medical Billing & Coding program can choose to work in a variety of locations, including (but not limited to):
In California, Medical Billing & Coding Specialists earn a mean wage of $34,160 to $42,270, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2012.
The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) offers several types of medical billing and coding certifications:
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) offers the following credentials:
The National Healthcare Association (NHA) offers the following credential:
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