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Medical Coding and Billing Offers Healthy Career Options In Fast-Moving Industry

Posted by Tami Russell on Jul 28, 2017 10:22:19 PM

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Not all jobs in the healthcare profession belong to personnel who deal directly with hands-on patient care.  Among the many other careers in the industry are the medical coders and medical billing workers.  These individuals are found in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, and insurance companies or billing agencies. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that medical billers and medical coders work “with the healthcare industry’s numerical coding system.” 

The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) adds that “Medical billing is the process of submitting and following up on claims with health insurance companies in order to receive payment for services rendered by a healthcare provider.”

Medical coding has a slightly different definition. “The main responsibility of a Medical Coder is to review clinical statements and assign standard codes using CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPSC Level II classification systems,” according to the AAPC.  “The Medical Coder and Medical Biller may be the same person, or may work with each other to ensure invoices are paid properly.”

This career is projected to grow by 21% by 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  AAPC reports that, “in addition, (The U.S. Department of Labor) projects high demand for coding services as the healthcare industry continues to grow and the country’s population ages - in addition to the increasing number of tests, treatments, and procedures.”

Earning a credential in medical billing and coding is an important career step.  One of the credentials available is “Certified Medical Coder®,” offered by the Practice Management Institute®.  Individuals who successfully complete the PMI® exam are awarded the CMC® certification.  According to the PMI® website, the certification

  • Is a currency that validates a person’s commitment to the profession
  • Provides a sense of personal achievement and employer confidence
  • Helps to protect the practice’s compliance efforts
  • Satisfies the physicians’ need of educated staff with expert knowledge in handling the administrative side of their businesses.

PDI’s Medical Coding/Billing Certificate Program Begins August 22 in Frisco

PDI’s Medical Coding/Billing Certificate Program is scheduled to begin August 22, 2017, at the University of North Texas’ New College of Frisco. 

The PDI program makes it convenient to earn the medical coder certificate and gives participants the skills and training necessary to start a career while preparing for the CMC® exam

PDI’s program prepares individuals to work in healthcare as medical coders, using the insurance industry standards of ICD-10 coding, CPT coding and HCPCS coding*, and medical billers.

The 12-week program is designed around 80 hours of instructor-led lecture and hands-on classroom practice. Classes are held on Tuesdays and select Saturdays.

Graduates will be prepared to perform administrative support functions including:

  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Admitting Clerk
  • ER registration
  • Hospital Cashier
  • Claims Processor
  • Collections Clerk
  • Medical Front Office
  • Insurance Follow- Up
  • Hospital Accounting Clerk

The program requires no prerequisites and provides introductory instruction in anatomy, medical and insurance terminology, office policies and procedures. The course culminates with a hands-on training lab using the Medisoft® billing software application.

For more information about PDI’s Medical Billing/Coding Certificate Program, click here. To discuss the program in detail, email Program Director Tami Russell at trussell@pdi.org, or phone her at 866.374.0876.

 Learn More About the Medical Coding and Billing Program

*ICD-10 is a clinical cataloging system from the International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition.  CPT is Current Procedural Terminology for medical, surgical and diagnostic procedures.  HCPCS is an acronym for Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System

 

Topics: medical billing and coding

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