Now you can study to become a certified healthcare professional at your own pace and within your schedule. The Medical Billing & Coding ONLINE course includes interactive learning modules, 24/7 mentoring, learning exercises, labs, and a student portal with career resources.
The Medical Billing & Coding Profession
Medical billing and coding is one of the fastest-growing careers in the healthcare industry today! The need for professionals who understand how to code healthcare services and procedures for third-party insurance reimbursement is growing substantially. Physician practices, hospitals, pharmacies, long-term care facilities, chiropractic practices, physical therapy practices, and other healthcare providers all depend on medical billing and coding for insurance carrier reimbursement. The medical industry will have almost 50% more jobs available by 2020; therefore a surplus of medical facilities will continue to hire candidates who specialize in medical billing and coding.
The Medical Billing & Coding Program
This billing and coding course delivers the skills students need to solve insurance billing and coding problems. It details proper assignment of codes and the process to file claims for reimbursement. With the transition to ICD-10, effective as of October 1, 2015, this course will also provide training in ICD-10-CM. This course covers the following key areas and topics:
- An overview of healthcare & insurance industry
- The organization and use of the ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS manuals to identify correct codes
- Detailed review and practice using the alphabetic index and tabular list of the ICD-10-CM, and practice coding examples within the CPT
- Basic claims processes for medical insurance and third-party reimbursements
- Completing common insurance forms, tracing delinquent claims and appealing denied claims
Education & Certifications
- Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
- Numerous national certification exams are available for students who complete this course including American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), American Health Information Association (AHIMA) and others.
- Certain national certification organizations suggest six months to two years of practical work experience prior to pursuing certain national certification exams.
Self-paced eLearning course includes six months access, all textbooks, workbooks and related course material.
- Register: SF State Extended Learning offers this course in partnership with Health Ed Today. Visit Health Ed Today pre-registration page at SF State Extended Learning to enroll. Registration is open and ongoing. Students can register at any time.
- Contact: For more information, advising, and questions call 1.888.574.6218 or 1.866.217.8931.
Detailed Course Topics Covered
- Intro to International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modifications & Coding Guidelines
- Introduction to the organization and use of the ICD-10- CM and CPT manuals
- Basics of diagnostic and procedural coding
- The Health Insurance Claim Form (CMS 1500)
- HIPAA and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
- Review and practice coding Evaluation and Management (E&M) services
- Review and practice coding from anesthesia, surgery, radiology, medicine and the pathology/laboratory sections of the CPT
- CPT Modifiers, E and V Codes and Late Effects
- Coding surgical procedure and medical procedures for the cardiovascular, integumentary, male/female reproductive systems, maternity care and delivery
- Coding for general surgery, radiology, pathology, diagnostic, therapeutic and laboratory services and the Level II National Codes
- Tracing delinquent claims & insurance issues
- Third-party reimbursement issues
- Development of and Improvements to the ICD-10-CM Coding Manual
- Examination of the ICD-10-PCS system
These programs include access to an online community with interactive content and robust student services.
Each course includes:
- 24/7 instructor support and course mentoring
- Online healthcare content that supplements each course
- Student and instructor collaboration
- Engaging labs, student exercises, course videos and animated simulations
- Student pre and post assessments and online performance tracking
- National and state certification opportunities
- A secure Student Portal which includes: career guidance, resume writing and other career resources
How to Enroll
For more information, advising and questions call Health Ed Today at 1.888.574.6218 or 1.866.217.8931. Students may also fill out pre-registration form, visit Health Ed Today SF State Extended Learning. Once you enroll, you will be sent detailed instructions and a link to the course. The course must be completed within six months to receive a Certificate of Completion.
- Learn about the in-person version of this course. See Medical Billing & Coding Professional.