The Medical Coding and Insurance diploma program prepares students in many of the procedures associated with billing for medical services. Students receive training in medical billing processes including patient account management, diagnosis and procedure coding, and medical insurance claim completion and processing. The program focuses on coding and insurance procedures for the medical office. Medical coding involves using nationally recognized coding systems to classify procedures and diagnoses related to medical treatment. The codes provide information that is used in insurance claims processing. Many different types of insurance programs are handled in the medical office. Students are trained in claims processes of many insurance programs/plans such as Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, profit and nonprofit third-party payers, workers compensation packages and disability coverage. Graduates of the program may be eligible to take several of the national coding certification exams. Courses in the program incorporate the skills needed for employment in the coding and insurance departments of medical facilities.
Communicate using the language of medicine.
Utilize technology for medical office applications.
Interpret the health care record.
Explain legal and ethical behavior in a health care setting.
Perform diagnosis and procedure coding.
Perform insurance and financial procedures for the medical office.
Apply critical thinking skills.
Demonstrate professional business communication.
Demonstrate knowledge of structure and function of the human body.
Demonstrate knowledge of disease processes and their treatments.
Demonstrate professional communication for the medical office.
Manage and maintain an appointment schedule.
Perform registration procedures.
Demonstrate professional work behaviors.
Demonstrate organizational skills.
Demonstrate proper written communication.
Demonstrate knowledge of health care billing regulations.
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