Medical Office Billing and Coding Diploma Program
The Medical Office Billing and Coding diploma program provides students with a basic educational foundation to become a medical billing specialist, medical coder, health information technician or medical records technician in today’s healthcare industry. Upon successful completion, graduates are prepared for entry-level employment.
Program length – 10 months
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On-campus Rockford, IL
Online – Madison, WI
Classes in the program include instruction in computer billing applications, administrative procedures and medical law, along with classes in CPT, ICD and HCPS coding and insurance claim processing. Program includes an externship at a healthcare setting to provide relevant, real world experience. Upon graduation, students could be prepared to take the national voluntary Certified Professional Coding exam, administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders.
As the healthcare industry expands, the need for those who can process the insurance claims and manage healthcare paperwork is growing. Although related, medical billing and medical coding are two separate functions. 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.
People who have strong technology skills and are detail-oriented may enjoy a career as a Medical Biller & Coder.
Demand for both medical secretaries and health information technicians is expected to increase by 14% though 2024, creating many job opportunities for trained professionals.1