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Medical Billing and Coding


Interested in finding a secure job in the rapidly growing healthcare industry? Consider a career as a Medical Billing & Coding Specialist! The number of medical billing and coding jobs are projected to increase by 15% from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

 

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Wichita Campus


 

As Baby Boomers age, the demand for health services will only continue to grow, along with the need for accurate patient record-keeping. After completing your Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist program from WTI, you’ll be prepared for a career as a:

  • Medical Billing Specialist
  • Professional Coder
  • Charge Specialist
  • Patient Service Representative
  • Claims Analyst

 


Program Objective

Courses available at Wichita Main campus only.


The Medical Insurance Billing & Coding program will provide the student with entry-level skills to perform processing, reporting, security and management of health information within the healthcare setting.

During this five quarter program, the student will learn the basic concepts and procedures to perform the tasks involved in health insurance as well as insurance claim forms. The student will gain knowledge of basic coding definitions and apply those codes to medical documentation. This program offers simulated practice where you manually and electronically prepare insurance claims.

Health information specialists and medical billers/coders are trained professional members of the business and operations staff of today’s healthcare industry. With today’s constantly changing insurance and administrative information requirements in the medical field, they are important to the smooth operation of virtually any medical office. Medical billers are an important part of the medical office by providing advocating between the patient and insurance companies, organize information for medical statements, analyze information for any errors, post payment and provide up-to-date reports to ensure the financial bottom line of the medical organization.

Coders can help prevent legal difficulties and ensure that providers receive full reimbursement in a timely manner. A career in health information technology is challenging and offers a variety of opportunities. There are career options in doctor’s offices, clinics, public health facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, and insurance agencies. After completion of this program, students are ready to sit for the Certified Professional Coder exam given through the American Academy of Professional Coders to become a Certified Professional Coder-Apprentice (CPC-A) and the Certified Medical Billing Specialist (CMBS) exam through Medical Association of Billers.

Medical Office Basics

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

This course focuses on the basic concepts in the professional practice of medicine and the role/function of the medical assistant. The students will be introduced to computer usage, keyboarding, basic word processing concepts, and formatting documents. Included is a comprehensive study of medical root words, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes. This course addresses terminology used in various medical specialties, as well as common medical abbreviations and symbols. An introduction to anatomy and physiology through the study of cell and tissue structure and function is also included. Lastly, the students are introduced to math for health care professionals including adult and child dosage calculations.

Administrative & Health Information Technology

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

Administrative & Health Information Technology is designed to assist the student to demonstrate hands-on competencies in regards to front-office procedures, which includes appointment scheduling, preparing reports, electronic patient information data entry, correct documentation, maintenance of medical records either paper or electronic form, proper telephone techniques and time management. The student will be introduced to more advanced computer usage, basic word processing concepts and formatting of documents. Also the student will develop a basic understanding in the use of the ICD-9-CM/ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS coding systems, as well as insurance billing. Lastly, this course will address the health information management within a medical office, oral or written communication, medical ethics and legal standards of today’s demanding HIPAA regulations mandated by the federal government, licensure requirements, the rights of the physician and patient.

Intermediate Medical Billing & Coding Diagnostics

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

This course will introduce the students to coding careers and different types of certifications including the concepts of professionalism within the healthcare realm. Next, the students will continue and broaden their medical terminology language in order to effectively communicate with other entities in the medical field. Also, the students will be introduced to the hands-on approach of identifying diagnostic coding by using the ICD-9-CM/ICD-10-CM system. During their studies, they will understand that the coding language uses numerical characters to identify, translate and communicate regarding what brought the client/patient to the provider and what the payer either federal or private insurance companies will cover.

Intermediate Medical Billing & Coding Procedures

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

This course will expose the students to the usage of the CPT (Current Procedural Terminology), and HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System), and how to label and tab pertinent areas for ease accessibility. Next, CPT and HCPCS concepts will be introduced with practical conditions and medical terminology that the students are familiar with and include matching procedures, evaluations, and assessments to numbers. The students will also identify modifiers that can be used by the practitioners to alter the procedure code for special circumstances and in some cases increase reimbursement from the insurance companies. Also, the student will become more familiar with the guidelines and regulations for both Medicare and Medicaid. Lastly, the computer application will aid the students with today advancing billing and coding technology.

Advanced Medical Billing & Coding Externship

12 Weeks / 12 Quarter Credit Hours

This course is designed for advance students, which will require a more heightened awareness of medical procedural coding. Students will be expected to incorporate challenges such as Internet research, case studies, and the use of various situations to prepare them for the Certified Professional Coder exam given through the American Academy of Professional Coders to become a Certified Professional Coder-Apprentice (CPC-A) and the Certified Medical Billing Specialist (CMBS) exam through Medical Association of Billers. Also included in this quarter, the students will be focusing on résumé preparation, job hunting techniques, interview preparation, employment expectations and professional opportunities within the healthcare realm. Weeks seven through twelve will include a hands-on training externship of 120 hours.

*Length of Billing and Coding program varies by location.



Do you have what it takes to be a Medical Billing & Coding Specialist?

If you would like to get training, we’d love to hear from you. For more information about the Medical Billing & Coding program at WTI, please contact us or call (888) 885-6661.

 

 


Topeka Campus


Interested in finding a secure job in the rapidly growing healthcare industry? Consider a career as a Medical Billing & Coding Specialist! As Baby Boomers age, the demand for health services will only continue to grow, along with the need for accurate patient record-keeping.

After completing your Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist program from WTI, you’ll be prepared for a career as a:

  • Medical Billing Specialist
  • Professional Coder
  • Charge Specialist
  • Patient Service Representative
  • Claims Analyst

 


Program Objective

Courses available at the Topeka campus only.


The Medical Insurance Billing & Coding program will provide the student with entry-level skills to perform processing, reporting, security and management of health information within the healthcare setting.

The Medical Insurance Billing & Coding program will provide the student with entry-level skills to perform processing, reporting, security and management of health information within the healthcare setting. The student will learn the basic concepts and procedures to perform the tasks involved in health insurance as well as insurance claim forms. The student will gain knowledge of basic coding definitions and apply those codes to medical documentation. This program offers simulated practice where you manually and electronically prepare insurance claims. Health information specialists and medical billers/coders are trained professional members of the business and operations staff of today’s healthcare industry.

With today’s constantly changing insurance and administrative information requirements in the medical field, they are important to the smooth operation of virtually any medical office. Coders can help prevent legal difficulties and ensure that providers receive full reimbursement in a timely manner. A career in health information technology is challenging and offers a variety of opportunities. There are career options in doctor’s offices, clinics, public health facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, and insurance agencies. After completion of this program, students are ready to sit for the Certified Professional Coder exam given through the American Academy of Professional Coders to become a Certified Professional Coder-Apprentice (CPC-A).

Medical Office Basics

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

This course focuses on the basic concepts in the professional practice of medicine and the role/function of the medical assistant. The students will be introduced to computer usage, keyboarding, basic word processing concepts, and formatting documents. Included is a comprehensive study of medical root words, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes. This course addresses terminology used in various medical specialties, as well as common medical abbreviations and symbols. An introduction to anatomy and physiology through the study of cell and tissue structure and function is also included. Lastly, the students are introduced to math for health care professionals including adult and child dosage calculations.

Introduction to Medical Coding

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

This course will introduce the students to coding careers and different types of certifications including the concepts of professionalism within the healthcare realm. An explanation of the three volumes, ICD-9-CM (International Classifications of Diseases), CPT (Current Procedural Terminology), and HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System), and how to label and tab pertinent areas for ease usage. Basic ICD-9/ICD-10 and CPT concepts are introduced with practical conditions and medical terminology the students are familiar with. Students will learn to reference the code books, while matching procedures, evaluations, and assessments to numbers. Lastly, computer applications including electronic healthcare record system with practical conditions will aid the students with today advancing technology.

Health Information Technology

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

This course is designed to cover the processing of health insurance claims in accordance with legal, professional, and insurance company guidelines and regulations. The basics of health insurance are discussed, including the claim form, coding classifications, collection strategies, and various healthcare payers. The course is also designed to provide students with an understanding of continuous quality improvement and to ensure timely maintenance of accurate complete chart documentation at a professional level. The course also involves reviewing regulations involving quality standards in the healthcare industry. Emphasis will be put on the purpose of healthcare data, data sets, and databases using medical office management software in relation to the evolving paperless electronic medical record. This hands-on application will serve to further enhance the students’ knowledge of medical office procedure ranging from appointment scheduling, preparing reports, maintaining client information, generating bills, maintaining inventory, and preparing assignment. Students will get an introduction to legal and ethical aspects of Health Information Management, the concerns in today’s American legal system, trial proceedings, and the use of medical records in court. The main emphasis will be on release of information; medical and professional ethics; local, state, and Federal legislation; governing both the Medical records and the control of information.

Advanced ICD-9/ICD-10/CPT CODING/EXTERNSHIP

12 Weeks / 12 Quarter Credit Hours

This course is designed for advance students, which will require a more heightened awareness of medical procedural coding. Students will be expected to incorporate challenges such as Internet research, case studies, and the use of various situations to prepare them for the American Academy of Professional Coders national exam. Also, in week three the students will be focusing on résumé preparation, job hunting techniques, interview preparation, employment expectations and professional opportunities within the healthcare realm. Weeks seven through twelve will include a hands-on training externship of 120 hours.

*Length of Billing and Coding program varies by location.

 


Do you have what it takes to be a Medical Billing & Coding Specialist?

If you would like to get training, we’d love to hear from you. For more information about the Medical Billing & Coding program at WTI, please contact us or call 1-(888) 885-6661.


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