Medical Information Coder/Biller Technical Certificate
Type: Tech Cert
Major Code: HINFO-CC
Educational Plan: HINFO-CC
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.
Approved by the AHIMA Foundation Professional Certificate Approval Program, the Medical Information Coder/Biller program content is comprehensive, covering both inpatient and outpatient coding and documentation principles. This requires knowledge and abilities in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, computer software, reimbursement, health insurance, ethics, legal and regulatory requirements and health information management.
The program can be completed in as little as five semesters and is offered entirely online. Completion of the program will provide students with 37 college credits, which may be applied to the Health Information Technology Associate in Science degree at Seminole State College.
Students must have access to a computer with Internet capabilities while enrolled in the program. Computers with Internet access are available at all Seminole State campuses.
Graduates of this program are qualified to earn the following industry certifications:
Candidates must apply and be accepted to Seminole State College. To begin major courses (for example, ICD-10-CM Coding) all prerequisite and supporting courses must be completed.
Graduates of this program have numerous employment opportunities in physician offices, healthcare facilities, government organizations, and managed care organizations. To learn more, visit hicareers.com.
Employment in this field is expected to grow by 21 percent (faster than average) through 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).
This certificate is upward compatible with the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, Health Information Technology.
Students must complete all course work with grades of "C" or higher to graduate.
Students can satisfy the English Requirement with either ENC 1101 English I or ENC 1102 English II.
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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