BECOME A VITAL PART OF A HEALTHCARE TEAM
The Medical Coding and Billing program covers the basic knowledge and skills required to become a Medical Biller and/or Coder including foundational courses in health insurance and diagnostic and procedural coding.
This program is offered in a hybrid training format exclusively at the West Hartford campus, allowing students to attend classes two days on campus and complete their online coursework from anywhere with a high-speed internet connection. By logging into our online learning management system, students can post comments, questions, or even live chat with their instructors and classmates for enhanced communication even when not on campus – an important element to student success in any online learning environment.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Students complete coursework in the main medical diagnostic coding (ICD) and procedure coding (CPT) systems, as well as, medical terminology, computerized medical billing and health insurance applications.
The program also contains a clinical externship which is completed in an outside facility. Upon completion, graduates will have the entry-level skills of a Medical Coder and Biller and be qualified to interview for positions in a variety of healthcare related facilities.
Medical Billers and Coders can specialize in coding patients’ medical information for reimbursement purposes, or in the facility’s administrative billing process.
Technicians, who specialize in coding, assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure by using classification systems software. The classification system determines the amount for which healthcare providers will be reimbursed if the patient is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance programs using the system. There are several coding systems, such as those required for ambulatory settings, physician offices, or long-term care.
Technicians, who specialize in the billing process, typically use an automated medical billing and administrative system that interfaces with the insurance programs used by the facility. In a smaller medical facility where the medical procedures performed are limited, a Technician’s duties may include both coding and billing.