|Associate Degree, Medical Billing and Coding
The primary goal of the Medical Billing Specialist, Associate Degree Program is to train students in the fundamental aspects of the industry, including understanding diseases and their impact on the body, diagnostics, treatments, procedures, anatomy and medical terminology.
About the Course
The Associate Degree in Medical Billing and Coding prepares the student for the exciting and demanding career in Medical Billing and Coding. The course teaches the student all current coding bases and classifications. After completing the course, the student will be able to correctly and efficiently locate correct codes for medical procedures, as well as perform and be familiar with the medical billing process. The MBCS course covers four major sections:
- ICD-9 – a set of codes used by physicians, hospitals, and allied health workers to indicate diagnosis for all patient encounters. This section will teach the student how to identify and classify medical procedures using ICD-9 codes.
- ICD-10 -a revision of the ICD-9-CM system which physicians and other providers currently use to code all diagnoses, symptoms, and procedures recorded in hospitals and physician practices. This section will teach the student how to identify and classify medical procedures using ICD-10 codes.
- CPT/HCPCS – Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) is a medical code set that is used to report medical, surgical, and diagnostic procedures and services to entities such as physicians, health insurance companies and accreditation organizations. This section will teach the student how to identify and classify medical procedures using CTP/HCPCS codes.
- Human Anatomy – basic overview of human anatomy and physiology.
Medical Billing and Coding Salaries
Salary averages for medical billers with no college made an average income of $44,338 in 2014, while those with some college or an associate’s degree made an average $46,815, and those with bachelor’s degrees made an average $54,552 A certification in Medical Billing opens the doors to many other positions, some of which pay over $75,000/yr – including Medical Coordinators, Resident Care Associates and Supervising Coding and Billing Specialists.
About SEBRON University
SEBRON University is based in Southern California and currently offers the following certifications and courses: Medical Biling, Medical Assistant, Paralegal, Legal Assistant. More about SEBRON University
What does a Medical Billing Specialist Do?
Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry’s numerical coding system.
- Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
- Review records for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with regulations.
- Retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel.
- Release information to persons or agencies according to regulations.
- Plan, develop, maintain, or operate a variety of health record indexes or storage and retrieval systems to collect, classify, store, or analyze information.
- Enter data, such as demographic characteristics, history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures, or treatment into computer.
- Compile and maintain patients’ medical records to document condition and treatment and to provide data for research or cost control and care improvement efforts.
- Process and prepare business or government forms.
- Process patient admission or discharge documents,using appropriate computer software (MEDISOFT).
What opportunities will you have as a Medical Coder?
The primary goal of the Medical Billing Specialist Course is to train students in the fundamental aspects of the industry, including understanding diseases and their impact on the body, diagnostics, treatments, procedures, anatomy and medical terminology. Through this short course, students become familiar with the contents of medical records and the industry-accepted processes for creating and indexing codes.
Do you offer job placement assistance?
Yes, we work with hospitals and medical offices in the Southern California area. We offer direct job placement assistance to all graduates of our program.