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Medical Billing and Coding

 Medical Billing and Coding Degree

Occupational Associate Degree

About Medical Billing and Coding

This career-focused program gives students the skills to market themselves to future employers in the fast-paced fields of medical insurance billing, medical coding, and medical front office.

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Program Highlights:

The standards for accuracy in health insurance claims processing are becoming more exacting at the same time that health insurance plan options are rapidly expanding. These changes, coupled with modifications in regulations affecting the health insurance industry, are a constant challenge to medical office personnel. Among the courses taught in the Medical Billing and Coding Associate Degree program are:

• Medical Terminology
• Health Insurance
• Diagnosis Coding
• Electronic Medical Billing
• Medical Billing Processes
• Medical Front Office
• Health Care Facility
• Medical Management Supervision
• Human Resource Issues

The Medical Billing and Coding program is available Online and at all Laurus College locations:

San Luis Obispo
Santa Maria

Those responsible for processing health insurance claims require instruction in all aspects of medical insurance, including plan options, carrier requirements, various regulations, extracting relevant information from source documents, accurate claim form completion, and diagnosis and procedure coding. Upon completion of the Medical Billing and Coding program, students may compete for entry-level work in a variety of medical front office-related fields.

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Learning Goals:

Upon completion of the Medical Billing and Coding Occupational Associate degree, students should be able to:

• Demonstrate an understanding of medical terminology and the importance of spelling.
• Identify both CPT (Current Procedural Coding) and ICD-10 (Diagnostic Coding) guidelines, and how to look up codes.
• Show proficiency in filling out various forms with regard to billing such as CMS-1500 claim form, appeals letters, and denial letters.
• Read EOB’s, aging reports, and financial policies within the medical office.
• Identify different types of insurance plans, and insurance terminology.
• Understand HIPAA guidelines including HIPAA privacy and HIPAA security rule.
• Demonstrate the importance of time management skills, communication, scheduling, and teamwork.
• Perform scholarly research.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Step One

Apply Online.
Start the Application Process by Completing the Online Application Form

Step Two

Set up an Appointment.
Meet with an Admissions Representative (Online appointments available)

Step 3

Enroll for the Next Term.
New Classes start on March 12!

Take the 1st step and complete the online application today by clicking here!

Career Summary:

Medical Billing and Coding professionals 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. They also process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry’s numerical coding system.

Potential Careers:

Health Information Clerk
Medical Records Coordinator
Health Information Specialist
Medical Receptionist

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Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary
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SOC Code: 25-1194.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
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SOC Code: 29-2071.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks
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SOC Code: 43-3021.02

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Bill and Account Collectors
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SOC Code: 43-3011.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Receptionists and Information Clerks
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SOC Code: 43-4171.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Medical Secretaries
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SOC Code: 43-6013.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Insurance Claims Clerks
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SOC Code: 43-9041.01

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Insurance Policy Processing Clerks
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SOC Code: 43-9041.02

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