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What Is Medical Billing and Coding?

What is Medical Billing and Coding?

Medical Coding is the process of converting diagnosis codes to ICD-10-CM codes and procedure codes to CPT codes. It also involves HCPCs (pronounced Hick-picks) codes that identified supplies and drugs for correct billing. Modifiers are used to support and additional services or procedures that is rendered to received additional reimbursement for services.

Medical Billing is the process of billing insurance carriers and understanding the insurance terminology for filing and appealing claims. An insurance claim starts when a patient has contact with a health care provider and ends when you receive a payment from the patient or insurance carrier.

What will I learn from this class?

You will learn about ICD-10-CM (diagnosis codes) and CPT (procedure codes) as well as insurance companies and reimbursements will be covered; eg, Medicare, Medicaid, HMO’s, Blue Cross, Work Comp, etc. We will also cover modifiers, HCPCS codes, HIPAA, Compliance, CMS-1500, Rule/Regulations and other aspects of the billing field.

Can I obtain a job by taking this class and what are employers looking for?

Absolutely. With the knowledge of ICD-9/CPT and Medical Billing any medical employer would consider you for a position because of your schooling, even without experience.

Personality, grammar, professionalism is what all employers are looking for. There are several questions that are asked when potential employers call for references.

  1. #1: How did they get along with others in the classroom?
  2. #2: How was their attendance?
  3. #3: What is their personality like?

Employers rarely ask about the student grades.

What type of classes are offered?

Career Coders offers four different classes:

Please see the Career Coders Catalog for details.

Is Career Coders an approved school?

Yes. Career Coders is approved by the State of Colorado Department of Higher Education through Division of Private Occupational Schools. Melody Irvine is accredited and certified through American Academy of Professional Coders to teach the course for the CPC certification test.

When do classes start?

All Career Coders classes are online independent self-study programs. The student can view classes on their own pace and are given up to 4 months to complete the course. Career Coders classes are unique due to detailed audio recordings of each class.

About the instructor

Melody Irvine has eight national certifications. Certified Coding Specialist (CPC), Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA), Evaluation and Management Coder (CEMC), Certified Family Practice Credential (CFPC), Certified Professional Coder – Instructor (CPC-I), Certified Coding Specialist Physician Based (CCS-P),and Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS). She also received the designation of AAPC Fellow. She has worked in the medical field for 38 years.

Where can I read more about a Medical Billing and Coding Career?

There are several websites that I recommend for more information about a career in medical billing and coding field.

You can review the information on this website, or feel free to email Career Coders at:

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Career Coders is more than happy to supply names and contact information of past and/or present students at your request.

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