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Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certification

Expand your career opportunities and increase income potential by becoming a Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist. NAHCEU's College of Allied Health Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certification program provides an excellent opportunity to become a specialist in this growing and rewarding field. Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program is a convenient and flexible online program designed for knowledgeable and career driven health care professionals. Once you have completed the program your Undergraduate Certification will be a stand-alone educational credential and will also be an earned academic credit towards other NAHCEU degree programs or specializations.

Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Quick Facts: Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
2012 Median Pay $34k per year
$16 per hour
Entry-Level Education Postsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None

Billing and Coding Specialist assigns clinical codes to a patients health information for health treatment histories, insurance and reimbursement purposes. Billing and Coding Specialist uses a variety of electronic health records systems classification software to abstract a patient's medical record data to assign numerical code to each procedure, diagnosis and medical service. These numerical codes determine the amount the amount a hospital or healthcare provider will be reimbursed for by the insurance provider.

Most Billing and Coding Specialists work in hospitals and physicians offices. Others work in nursing care facilities or for government entities. Some Billing and Coding Specialists take on multiple roles in a medical office. Billing and Coding Specialists typically work at desks or in offices and may spend a majority of the time working behind a computer.

The industries that employed the most Billing and Coding Specialist are surgical hospitals and doctors offices followed by Nursing and residential care facilities.

Work Schedules

Most Billing and Coding Specialists work full time. In health care facilities that are always open, such as hospitals, technicians may work evening or overnight shifts.

Prospects will be best for those with a certification in health information. As EHR systems continue to become more common, Electronic Health Records computer skills will be needed to process the data into the EHR system.

After certification as a Billing and Coding Specialists, you can obtain positions in a variety of health care facilities and Federal Government agencies including:

Attainable Positions: Average U.S. Salaries*
File Clerk $30,000
Medical Records Clerk $33,000
Document Imaging Specialist $39,000
Medical Records Technician $42,000
Medical Records and Medical Billing and Coding Specialist $46,000
*Indeed.com

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),the median annual wage medical records and health technicians - a category that includes Billing and Coding Specialists was $34,160 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,250, and the top 10 percent earned more than $56,200.

Most Billing and Coding Specialists work full time. In health care facilities that are always open, such as hospitals, technicians may work evening or overnight shifts.

As the majority of the population is older, there are more claims for reimbursements from insurance companies and Billing and Coding Specialists are in high demand. Electronic health records (EHRs) has become an industry standard and the need for Billing and Coding Specialists to organize, code and manage health records has increased drastically.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of working medical records and health technicians - a category that includes medical coders - should grow 22% during the 2012-2022 decade, which is much faster than average. The median salary for medical records and health information technicians was $34,970 in 2013, reports the BLS.

Adapted in part from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (visited July 30, 2014).

Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certification

Online Program Features:

The NAHCEU Online Medical Billing and Coding Specialist learning platform is packed full of media-based activities and exercises including educational videos and simulations, collaborative class discussions and interactive activities with the same personalized attention and student-teacher interaction support as a tradition classroom-based education. It is the most intuitive user experience available today for any learning system and you can conveniently utilize it at your leisure 24 hours a day.

NAHCEU Online Program Features:

  • Immediate feedback and student instructor interaction with online assignments, quizzes and practice test and progress reports.
  • Students can access all their course materials, including the media-rich online textbook from any mobile phone or home computer.
  • Both diagnostic coding (ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM) and procedural coding (CPT, HCPCS) are covered in one volume for seamless learning.
  • Dedicated chapters on ICD-10-CM/PCS and HCPCS offer specialized, in-depth coverage to prepare coders for every aspect of medical coding.
  • Preparation for Certification boxes provide guidance to students by highlighting crucial content for the Billing and Coding CBCS, (CCA), (CCS), (CCS_P), certification examinations.
  • NAHCEU Online CBCS Learning Platform with Ebook w/ Text Hard Copy.
  • Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist CBCS Exam online Study Guide.
  • Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist CBCS Exam online Practice Test.
  • Throughout each chapter, Coding Examples walk through clinical scenarios and describe how to select codes to describe the cases, including such complex factors as modifiers and components of E/M. To take learning to the next level, exercises at the end of each section and chapter provide opportunities to practice coding each type of diagnosis or procedure.
  • Skills can't be learned in a vacuum. Throughout each chapter, From the Perspective of... features emphasize the links between topics covered and real-world coding careers. These features also highlight the point-of-view of health care providers and payers, supplying a well-rounded, complete picture of medical coding.
  • Approach the transition to ICD-10 with confidence. Each diagnosis-coding chapter in Medical Coding Fundamentals includes options to assign ICD-10-CM codes in addition to ICD-9-CM.

Billing and Coding Specialist Required Courses:


Major:

(15 Earned Credits) This course strongly illustrates key element areas, from the concepts of CPT , ICD , ICD-10 and HCPCS through advanced topics such as modifiers and necessary knowledge for understanding Evaluation & Management ( E/M ) Codes . Students will become competent, accurate coders and will be well-prepared to take the steps towards coding certification . This is an exercise enriched course providing plenty of coding practice, as well as critical thinking to prepare the next generation of coders .

Modules include: ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, CPT AND HCPCS, Modifiers, Evaluation and Management Services, Anesthesia Services, Radiology Services, Coding for Surgical Procedures on Specific Organ Systems, General and Integumentary System, Musculoskeletal System, Respiratory, Digestive System, Urinary System, Male and Female Genital Systems, and Maternity Care and Delivery, Endocrine, Nervous, Ocular, and Auditory Systems, Pathology and Laboratory Services, Medicine Services ans the health care Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)

Certification

NAHCEU's Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Undergraduate Certification

NAHCEU Diploma tells your employer that you have receive the highest standards of education and credentials recognition and have met the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in your field. Our graduates receive the highest levels of continuing education and credentials recognition required to pursue jobs in the high demanding field of Billing and Coding. After program completion your Certification will be a stand-alone educational credential. It will also be an earned academic credit towards other certification or degree programs.

Certified Billing and Coding Specialist CBCS National Certification

Our advanced Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Program meets the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in your field. After successful completion of the Billing and Coding Specialist program you will receive the NAHCEU's Billing and Coding Specialist Undergraduate Certification and be eligible to sit for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist CBCS, (CCA), (CCS), (CCS_P) Exams for National Certification.

NAHCEU is a training provider and agent for the NHA National Certification Exams accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and issues certifications through National Healthcareers Association, Inc.

In order to qualify as a candidate for NAHCEU Sponsored Certification Testing an individual must obtain one of the following:

  • NAHCEU Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Undergraduate Certification
  • Be confirmed as a graduate of a recognized Electronic Health Records Program or School.
  • Confirmed employment by a medical facility as an electronic Health Records for a minimum of 2 years.

Medical Billing and Coding Certification and Training

We strive to be the best online educational experience for health care professionals by delivering the highest quality standards of online health education at the most affordable tuition rates. All associated fees are included in the price of tuition.

All Tracks Online Learning Platform
Cost Per Credit $63
Number of Major Credits 15 credits
Total Tuition Cost $945.00

Tuition Compared To The Top Online Colleges

The highest quality standards of education comparable to the top online colleges. You pay significantly less per credit at NAHCEU.

Comparable Colleges Undergraduate Tuition Cost Per Credit
NAHCEU $63
Cost Per Credit Top Online Colleges $250 - $609

NAHCEU offers 8 semester start dates per academic term giving you the convenience and flexibility to blend your continuing educational goals with your work and life schedule. You can conveniently utilize the NAHCEU technology based on-line learning platform at your leisure 24 hours a day. Start Next Semesters Online Health Education program anytime before the Enrollment Deadline.

September 1

2014 September Bi-Semester Start Date
September 1, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
August 29, 2014

October 6

2014 October Semester Start Date
October 6, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
October 3, 2014

November 17

2014 November Bi-Semester Start Date
November 17, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
November 14, 2014

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