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Medical Coding and Billing Program


Total Program Hours:  720 Clock Hours

Medical Coding and Billing Program Objectives:

Prepare, educate and provide students for certification and employment as an entry level Medical Coding and Billing. This extensive medical training program is designed to provide the student with knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform medical coding and billing. Positions are available in the hospital, physician’s office and insurance companies, private billing companies and self-employment as a coder.

Program Description:

Successful completion of the program prepares the student for certification as a Medical Coding and Billing professional. This course is offered as an online program.. The program consists of 6 separate courses on line instruction, each last 6 weeks long and 120 clock hours. 

Pre-Requisites:

  • Complete Registration Form
  • Be at least 18 yrs old upon graduation from the program.  Those student starting class under the age of 18 requires parent or guardian consent
  • Proof of HS Diploma or GED equivilent.
  •  Documentation of citizenship or Visa
  • All students must sign an enrollment agreement


Course Descriptions:

MRC 100, MRC 115, MRC 135, MRC 155, MRCP 220, MRCP 200, are all online courses. The beginning of each course students will meet on campus with in the classroom for one on one instruction from the instructor. 

 

Required Courses for Graduation:

Course ID: MRC100

Duration: 120 hours, 6 weeks at 20 hours per week, all online.

Medical Terminology is a foundation course that teaches students the meaning and correct pronunciation of medical terms, so that they can correctly communicate medical information. This course takes a systematic, approach to medical terminology: students do not simply memorize a list of terms in this course; instead they learn how those terms are built using common word parts, so that they can correctly infer the of medical terms, even those they have never studied. They will also learn pronunciation rules (and exceptions to those rules) that will enable them to pronounce virtually any medical term. The inference skills students obtain in this course will enable them to keep pace with the ever-expanding world of medical terminology.

Course ID: MRC115

Duration: 120 hours, 6 weeks at 20 hours per week, all online.

Introduction to Coding introduces students to the concept and theory of diagnostic and procedural coding in physician and hospital environments. It presents all three major code sets: ICD-9, CPT, and HCPCS. In this course, students will explore the purpose and application of each code set on a high level, focusing on protocols, chain of command, and other high-level concepts to help work their way through the code sets.

Course ID: MRC135

Duration: 120 hours, 6 weeks at 20 hours per week, all online.

Diagnostic Coding: ICD-9-CM explores diagnostic coding for physician services, according to the World Health Organization and the American Health Association’s guidelines and conventions. Students will learn the regulations specific to diagnostically coding illness, injury, and medical services for patients receiving health care services in hospitals and physician practices.

 

Course ID: MRC155

Duration: 120 hours, 6 weeks at 20 hours per week, all online.

Reimbursement Methodologies introduces students to the main reimbursement methodologies used in today’s health care industry. Students will study the mapping of the Medicare physician fee schedule to relative value units to better understand the rationalization and formula for the Medicare fee schedule. They will investigate reporting tools, to identify data sets relevant to the reimbursement process. Finally, students will compare and contrast the features of the primary insurance models available in the United States.

 

Course ID: MRCP220

Duration: 120 hours, 6 weeks at 20 hours per week, all online.

Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System Level I and II further explores the components of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding manuals that were introduced to students in Introduction to Coding. The Level I code set is composed of the CPT, which covers coding of procedures. The Level II code set covers products, supplies, and services. Students will also practice reporting anesthesia services, surgical procedures, diagnostic testing, and modifiers by code assignment. The National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) rules will also be introduced.

Course ID: MRCP200

Duration: 120 hours, 6 weeks at 20 hours per week, all online.

Diagnostic Coding for Physician Services builds on Diagnostic Coding: ICD-9-CM by presenting more complex sequencing and protocol for diagnostic coding specific to physician services. Students will learn medical necessity by code assignments and will be able to translate physician documentation to code.

 

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