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MEDICAL BILLING & CODING SPECIALIST

MEDICAL BILLING & CODING SPECIALIST

Welcome to the world of Medical Billing & Coding! No other job in the medical field affects more lives than this one because everyone involved in the healthcare experience, from the patient and front office staff to providers and payers, relies on you.
This comprehensive 80-hour program will prepare students to enter the medical billing, coding and reimbursement fields at an entry-level position, and will prepare the student to take the National Health Career Association’s Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) examination. This program is comprised entirely of classroom training. 

What does a Medical Billing & Coding Specialist Do?

As a Medical Billing and Coding specialist you will be the “rainmaker” of the healthcare industry, turning the healthcare provider’s documentation into payment.

Where does Medical Billing & Coding Specialist work?

Medical Billing & Coding Specialist work in an administrative capacity in healthcare settings such as: small and large group physician’s practices, multispecialty clinics, hospitals, centralized billing offices, skilled nursing homes, practice management companies, healthcare insurance, and in laboratories to name a few.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Age 18 (by completion of training) or older
  • Authorized to work in the U.S. (Alien ID-If applicable)
  • Valid Identification (passport, driver’s license or state/federal issued ID)
  • Social Security Card
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Ability to pass criminal background check (provided by school) Students should have no felony convictions of any kind and must not have any drug-related or Pharmacy related convictions, including misdemeanors.

For prices and schedules click here for the Roanoke Campus or the Charlottesville Campus.

JOB OUTLOOK

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics (BLS) released their 2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook and the field of medical records and health information technicians (which includes medical billers and coders) is expected to increase by 21% between 2010 and 2020. The BLS has pointed to this industry as having a faster growth rate on average than all other occupations, with an expected increase of approximately 37,700 employed in this exciting field by 2020.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATION

Our Medical Billing & Coding Specialist program is approved for national certification testing. After completing the Medical Billing & Coding Specialist training program the graduate will have the option (for an additional fee) to apply and test for the National Health career Association (NHA) National Exam. The national exam is administered on-site at Fast Track Health Care Education.

A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required to take the national exam.

National Certification is voluntary. It represents not only compliance with established medical standards, but also highlights the health care professional’s commitment to quality and professionalism. Having national certification demonstrates to the healthcare industry that the individual is proficient in his/her specific area of study. National certification is a competency standard and has proven to be a valuable asset in securing employment as well as advancement on any career ladder. Having National Health career Association (NHA) National Certification gives the health care professional the competitive edge he/she needs in the job search market. To employers it separates the serious from the non-serious, and may well be the deciding factor in obtaining a job or promotion.

Upon successful completion of the Medical Billing & Coding Specialist program you will have the option to register for the: 

National Health career Association (NHA) National Exam for Medical Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) examination for an additional cost of $155 (this fee is not included in the tuition)

This program will not make you eligible to sit for the national certification exams with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), Certified Professional Coder (CPC), or American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) exams.