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Medical Billing and Coding

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Start Training for a Medical Billing and Coding Career

Complete your medical billing and coding training in as little as 9 months.

There is more to the medical field than treating patients. It takes a team of specialty support workers to help keep the health care industry running. If you have a knack for administrative work or enjoy working behind-the-scenes, a career as a medical billing and coding specialist could be a good fit for you.

Now is a good time to train for a career in medical billing and coding. Jobs in health care, including for administrative positions, are projected to be among the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.* At Brightwood College, our billing and coding certificate/diploma program can help you develop the skills to pursue an entry-level position in medical billing and coding.

What does a medical billing and coding specialist do?

Career-Focused Medical Billing and Coding Training

A medical billing and coding school is designed to help you develop the skills that you will need on the job. Brightwood College's billing and coding classes include hands-on activities and interactive lessons to help you learn how to transform medical records into numeric codes for reimbursement and billing.

Coursework covers the computer software used for billing and coding in addition to health information management, medical terminology, and CPR training. Our instructors combine classroom and digital activities such as videos, simulations, discussion boards and practical application assignments to help prepare you for work in the field.

In this program, you can learn about:

  • Anatomy, physiology and pharmacology
  • Data information processing
  • Medical billing and medical coding
  • Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid procedures
  • Medical terminology
  • Medical office management
  • Coverage and limitations
  • Laws and ethics related to health care

Practice Your Medical Billing and Coding Skills in an Externship

As part of your medical coding and billing education, you will complete an externship in the health services industry. An externship is a real job where you can develop your skills and learn from others who are already working in the field.

During your externship, you will work under the direction of professional health care practitioners to assign codes to patient medical files, insurance claims and other billing and coding related documentation. This gives you a chance to network and expand your competencies.

Potential Billing and Coding Job Outcomes

Once you’ve successfully completed your billing and coding training, you will be awarded a Medical Billing and Coding Diploma or Certificate. Upon graduation, you may pursue entry-level jobs as a medical billing and coding specialist or related position in various health care settings, including:

  • Doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals
  • Home health agencies and nursing homes
  • Insurance and medical billing companies
  • Medical group practices

We want to support you as you take the first steps toward a new career. Our Career Development department is committed to helping you with the job search process, even after you graduate. We do not guarantee job placement, but we do our best to assist you with finding opportunities that would be a good fit.

How to Earn Medical Billing and Coding Certification

Becoming a certified medical coder or biller can demonstrate your knowledge and training to potential employers. Certification may not be required for employment, but as the competition for jobs increases, it may help you stand out from other candidates.

This course is intended to help eligible students prepare for exams such as the following:

  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam, sponsored by National Healthcareers Association (NHA): www.nhanow.com
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA): www.ahima.org
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam or Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-Based (CCS-P) exam sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA): www.ahima.org
  • Certified Professional Biller (CPB) exam offered by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC): www.aapc.com/certification
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC): www.aapc.com/certification
  • Nationally Registered Certified Coding Specialist (NRCCS) offered by the National Association of Health Professionals (NAHP): www.nahpusa.com
  • Insurance Coding Specialist certification offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT): www.ncctinc.com

Certification and licensure exams vary by location. Please see your campus' course catalog to determine which certification or licensure exam(s) may be available to you.

For more information about our program and the certification exams available for your chosen campus, please contact us.

What Is Medical Billing and Coding?

Records are kept for every patient seen, and it’s the job of the medical coder to translate these records into a universal code that can be shared across health care and insurance providers. Medical billing involves filling out insurance claims using these codes and submitting the claims to the insurance company to determine the patient’s coverage and request payment.

This process ensures that the patient, provider and insurance companies are all held accountable to proper payment and reimbursement for services.

What is medical coding?

Medical coders take doctor’s orders, prescriptions and other forms and translate them into medical codes that can be used across the health care system. There is a code that corresponds with each sickness, diagnosis and procedure, and it is the medical coder’s duty to assign the right codes to the services performed. There are thousands of codes that you must work with day-in and day-out. 

To be good at medical coding, you must be precise and detail-oriented. Medical coder job duties can include:

  • Categorizing the services patients receive and translating services into codes
  • Protecting the privacy of medical histories
  • Entering data into Electronic Health/Medical Record (EMR) software
  • Using classification software
  • Applying procedure codes to surgery reports
  • Staying up-to-date on coding standards
  • Ensuring that coding accurately reflects medical care received
  • Passing codes to a medical biller to be converted into claims
  • Following coding guidelines and legal requirements

What is medical billing?

Medical billers create claims by taking the data from medical coders and inputting it into the correct software, which helps providers collect payment for the services provided. Medical billers carefully verify the codes used before sending the claim to the insurance company. There is often communication between the biller and the insurance company once the claim is sent.

Medical billers are responsible for ensuring that medical providers receive compensation for the services they provide. They are often skilled communicators and familiar with insurance plans. To do well in this role, medical billers must value going the extra mile to ensure that fair and accurate compensation is received.

Medical biller job duties include:

  • Entering data into billing software
  • Submitting claims to insurance companies
  • Managing account payments and invoices
  • Investigating rejected or denied claims
  • Ensuring that providers and patients receive insurance reimbursement
  • Verifying the accuracy of medical coders work
  • Working closely with insurance providers
  • Answering billing questions

Medical Billing and Coding Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, individuals who work with medical records, which include medical billers and coders, make an average salary of $37,110 per year, or $17.84 an hour.* As the health care industry continues to grow, opportunities for billers and coders will likely increase.* Earning a medical billing and coding diploma or certificate could help you start on the path to a rewarding new career.

Get started today.

Take the first step toward pursuing your new career. Fill out our information form or give us a call to learn more about our medical billing and coding program. 

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (accessed March 2016). Expected national growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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