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Medical Coder/Biller - ATD H170530

Classes

Availability
Meeting Times
Estimated Cost
Day / Evening
Active
08/10/2017M 8am-1pm; T-F 8am-2pm
$5,411.71

Course Info


Length:
12 Months (1110 Clock Hours)

Schedule:
Monday 8 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2 pm
(Summer schedule subject to change.)

Medical Coder/Biller Standards:

  • Possess a standard U.S. high school diploma or GED from a school accredited by an approved accrediting association
  • Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores: 11 in Reading & Language; 10 in Math OR meet TABE exemption (refer to Admissions and Testing) 

Program Requirements:

  • Physical examination/immunizations
  • Criminal background check 
  • Random drug screenings

PLEASE NOTE:
Students entering all health programs with a clinical study requirement must submit to a criminal background check and random drug screenings at their own expense.

If problems arise with the results of either the criminal background check or the drug screening, students will not be permitted to attend the clinical portion of the program which then results in program non-completion. 

A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect your ability to gain employment or take licensing exams in the medical professions. We encourage you to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Program Description
Medical Coder/Biller is a 1110-hour program designed to prepare students for employment as an entry-level coder, medical record coder or medical biller/coder in a variety of health care settings.

This program is part of the Health Information Management or Office System Technology A.S. degree programs at community colleges offering that two-year degree and guarantees transfer of 26 college credit hours toward the A.S. Degree. Students are part of a comprehensive competency based/individualized type of instruction.

The program includes a 120 hour externship in community physician offices, hospitals, insurance/billing companies and outpatient facilities.

Book and Supply Information
The following books and supplies are required for this program. All items listed on the fee sheet (see link below) are available at the Erwin Technical College Bookstore. The ISBN number is located after each textbook. For the most current fee sheet, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore. 

Medical Coder/Biller Books and Supplies for February 2015 Class

Medical Coder/Biller Books and Supplies for August 2015 Class

Medical Coder/Biller Books and Supplies for February 2016 Class


Employment/Career Opportunities
Besides working in health information departments of acute care hospitals, coders work in physicians' offices, walk-in clinics, outpatient centers, specialty hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, insurance companies, review agencies, and law firms.

Salaries
Salaries for graduates range from $12.30-$21.66 per hour. Source: Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Statistics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Medical Biller the same as a Medical Coder?

Medical Billers/Coders usually work in a physician's office. They code diagnoses/procedures and bill the insurance company for reimbursement of services. Coding is somewhat limited in this setting. A Medical Coder usually works in a hospital medical records department and performs coding on a much more complex level than that of a physician's office. Billing in a hospital setting is done in the business office.

How do salaries of Billers vs. Coders differ?
Physicians' offices generally pay $12.30-$13.00 per hour for Medical Billers/Coders while hospitals generally pay $16.00-$21.72 per hour for Coding Specialists.

What are the local job opportunities in this field?
There are always ads in the local newspapers for biller/coder positions with physician's offices, billing services, insurance offices, law firms and hospitals. Hospital coding positions are also advertised in local newspapers. There is a high demand for skilled coders.

What career opportunities exist beyond medical billing/coding in a medical facility?
Medical billers/coders can become self-employed after gaining experience in the field. Also, medical coders in hospital settings can enter management positions after earning an A.S. Degree in Health Information Management.

How do students benefit from the externship?
The externship provides students with a hands-on approach to the billing/coding processes in hospital health information management departments, physician's offices, insurance companies and billing services.

Are computer skills essential in this program?
Most billing/coding, in physicians' offices and coding in hospitals, is done with software courses, therefore, general keyboarding skills are helpful. A computer literacy class is included in this program.

Can the national certification exam be taken at the end of the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program?
Yes, the national certification examination is offered by two national organizations (AHIMA and AAPC).

Is job placement available upon graduation? 
Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.

How can I learn more about this career field?

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