Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Program

NAHCE College of Allied Health

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Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Quick Facts: Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
2012 Median Pay $34,160 per year
$16.42 per hour
Entry-Level Education Postsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 186,300
Job Outlook, 2012-22 22% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 41,100

Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data by ensuring 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 to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.

Duties
  • Review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data
  • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries
  • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
  • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis 
  • Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
  • Protect patients’ health information for confidentiality, authorized access for treatment, and data security

All health information technicians document patients’ health information, including their medical history, symptoms, examination and test results, treatments, and other information about health care services that are provided to patients. Their duties vary with the size of the facility in which they work.

Although health information technicians do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with registered nurses and other health care professionals. They meet with these workers to clarify diagnoses or to get additional information to make sure that records are complete and accurate.

Health information technicians held about 186,300 jobs in 2012. Most health information technicians work in hospitals or physicians’ offices. Others work in nursing care facilities or for government entities. Technicians typically work at desks or in offices and may spend many hours in front of computer monitors.

The industries that employed the most health information technicians in 2012 were as follows:

General medical and surgical hospitals; state, local, and private 37%
Offices of physicians 22
Nursing and residential care facilities 9
Government 5
Work Schedules

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

Billing and Coding Specialist Program

Prospects will be best for those with a certification in health information. As EHR systems continue to become more common, health information technicians with computer skills will be needed to use them.

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

Medical Claims Analyst, Coding Specialist, Abstracter, Medical Office Assistant, Coding Technician, Medical Billing Specialist, Medical Clerk, or a Health Information Specialist
Attainable Positions: Average U.S. Salaries*
Medical Claims Analyst $60,000
Coding Specialist $41,000
Abstracter $27,000
Medical Office Assistant $34,000
Medical Clerk $25,000
Health Information Specialist $52,000
*Indeed.com

The median annual wage for health information technicians 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 health information technicians work full time. In health care facilities that are always open, such as hospitals, technicians may work evening or overnight shifts.

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will mean more claims for reimbursement from insurance companies. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of health care providers, could lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the health care industry.

Cancer registrars are expected to continue to be in high demand. As the population ages, there will likely be more types of special purpose registries because many illnesses are detected and treated later in life.

Percent change in employment, projected 2012-22 is as follows:

Health technologists and technicians 24%
Medical records and health information technicians 22%
Total, all occupations 11%

Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics.


Adapted from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/health care/medical-assistants.htm (visited February 09, 2014).

Program Features

The NAHCE Online 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.


NAHCE 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.
  • NAHCE Online CBCS Learning Platform with Ebook w/ Text Hard Copy.
  • Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist CBCS Exam online Study Guide.
  • Certified Electronic Health Record 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)

NAHCE Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Diploma

NAHCE 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 financial credit towards other certification or degree programs.

Certified Billing and Coding Specialist CBCS National Certification

Our advanced Electronic Health Record 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 NAHCE Billing and Coding Specialist Diploma which will qualify you to sit for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist CBCS, (CCA), (CCS), (CCS_P) Exams for National Certification.

NAHCE 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 Health Career Association, Inc.

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

  • NAHCE Certified Billing and Coding Specialist CBCS Diploma
  • Be confirmed as a graduate of a recognized Billing and Coding Program or School.
  • Confirmed employment by a medical facility as a Billing and Coding 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 NAHCE.

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

NAHCE 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 NAHCE 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.

August 4

2014 August Bi-Semester Start Date
August 4, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
August 1, 2014

September 8

2014 September Semester Start Date
September 8, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
September 5, 2014

October 20

2014 October Bi-Semester Start Date
October 20, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
October 17, 2014

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