Medical Information Coder/Biller Technical Certificate

For Spring Term 2021, we are offering in-person, hybrid, remote and online  courses.  
In-person courses will have class meetings on campus in accordance with established College safety protocols. Hybrid courses will have a combination of in-person and remote/online content. Remote courses show a day and time and will have class meetings via live video. Online courses will contain fully online content without set meeting times.
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Are you ready to become an integral member of the professional healthcare team? Take your detail-orientated skills and thrive in the pursuit of medical knowledge. This in-demand program lines you up with the technical skills needed to have a successful career in medical coding and billing. Completion of this program will provide students with 37 college credits, which can be applied to the A.S. degree, Health Information Technology.

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Getting Started: Spring Term 2021

Oct. 1:  Financial Aid

Jan. 4:  Application

Jan. 11:  Classes Begin

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Medical Information Coder/Biller Technical Certificate
Type: Tech Cert
Major Code : HINFO-CC
CIP: 0351070714
Educational Pathway: HINFO-CC

Profession

This program prepares students for employment as Medical Coders and Health Insurance Specialists. The Medical Coder/Biller is responsible for assigning correct diagnostic and procedural codes based on medical documentation from patients' medical records to provide the data for medical insurance reimbursement and compliance. This program offers simulated practice where students manually and electronically prepare insurance claims and experience hands-on training with practice management software and an electronic health record.

Program Admission

Candidates must apply and be accepted to Seminole State College. To begin major courses (for example, Basic Disease Coding) all prerequisite and supporting courses must be completed.

Please visit the Medical Information Coder/Biller web page for additional information.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
37

Students must complete all course work with grades of "C" or higher to graduate.

This is an introductory course in computer applications that focuses on the effective use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software programs. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 and learn skills that have practical applications in real world business situations. This course utilizes lectures and hands-on computer exercises. Lab fee required.
This course introduces the student to the health information management (HIM) career field. Students will be provided with a strong foundation in the principles of HIM such as the content and management of the medical record, paper-based and electronic, healthcare law, classification systems, healthcare statistics and quality management. The healthcare delivery system will also be explored with emphasis placed on the hospital and medical staff organization as well as the types of healthcare facilities.
The Practicum I will enable the student to gain hands-on practice with actual patient medical records for ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS coding. Students will attend a professional meeting related to HIM/HIT to begin forming professional relationships. Students will practice the basic employability skills of resume writing and job interviewing to be prepared to make the transition from school to career. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course builds the foundation for understanding the legal and ethical aspects of health information management, including the structure of the American legal system and the principles of health law. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the role that medical record information has in legal proceedings, healthcare legislation and regulations. Topics include legal terminology, HIPAA privacy and security of health information, patient rights, and the role of HIM professionals in risk management and compliance programs. Some of the course exercises and activities include HIPAA compliance, healthcare data breaches, medical record completion and the release and tracking of health information. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
Part one of this course covers advanced medical coding for inpatient using the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets. Students will learn the key attributes of ICD-10-PCS, including organization, structure, conventions and tables. This course will allow the student to continue improving their quality and accuracy in code selection based on the official guidelines for coding and reporting, along with other official coding references. In the second half of this course, the student will engage in an in-depth study of the revenue cycle process. The student will explore each component of the revenue cycle process: payer reimbursement, patient access, documentation and charge capture, records completion and coding, and lastly, claims management. This in-depth study will prepare the student to participate in revenue cycle management activities within a healthcare organization. Throughout the entire course, the student will engage in hands-on learning using computer-assisted coding (CAC) software, encoders and groupers. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course covers the basic principles of the physician's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding system and the HCPCS Level II coding system for proper coding in an outpatient setting. Regulatory compliance requirements related to both coding systems will also be addressed. Students will gain practical experience utilizing electronic health information technology to accomplish various medical office administrative processes. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course provides a thorough demonstration of the international classification of diseases ICD-10-CM. Students will understand general equivalency mapping for ICD-10 and the use of other vocabulary and classification systems such as SNOMED, DSM IV, ICD-O, RXNORM, and LOINC. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the organization, structure, conventions and guidelines of ICD-10-CM in order to accurately code and sequence diagnoses. Students will learn the purpose and uses of diagnosis coding. The importance of the standards of ethical coding, coding compliance and maintaining patient privacy will be stressed. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This is an introductory course to the language of medicine utilized by healthcare professionals. Basic word structure and formation, medical terms, abbreviations, definitions and spelling are included. Major disease processes and pathological conditions of specific body systems will be discussed.
This course provides an overview of all body system diseases and conditions, including etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic treatment modalities, prognosis and prevention. This course will provide the student the opportunity to explore basic concepts regarding the most common therapeutic medications prescribed to treat the most common human disease conditions. The five rights of drug administration and causes of medication errors will also be identified in order to enhance medical record review.
This course provides an overview of healthcare information systems with a concentration on computerized health information management (HIM) functions. Through hands-on learning, students will be introduced to common software applications utilized to perform HIM processes. Emerging technology issues in healthcare will be explored. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is a presentation of the essential anatomy and physiology of the human body. All body organ systems are discussed in a format of lecture, diagrams and audio-visual material. The course will introduce some aspects of chemistry and microbiology as it relates to healthcare, although emphasis is not placed in these areas. A knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body as a basis for later study of disease processes is an essential part of the curriculum for students in the health profession.
General Education Courses
3
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.

Students can satisfy the English Requirement with either ENC 1101 English I or ENC 1102 English II.

Total Credits:
37
This program has been identified as a U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Program. For more information, visit seminolestate.edu/gainful-employment

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

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Tuition and Fees

 Technical Certificate12 Credits18 Credits24 Credits28 Credits
Tuition and Fees$1,253$1,879$2,505$2,923
Books and Supplies$1,000$1,ooo$1,000$1,000
Total$2,253$2,879$3,505$3,923

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* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms, with an equal number of credit hours per term for in-state students. Lab fees and other fees that may be assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

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