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Medical billing online course curriculum

Our medical billing and coding online course curriculum teaches you how to apply the correct coding to medical diagnoses and treatments for billing purposes. This is a specialized and practical skill needed by medical facilities everywhere in the U.S. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepped for certification.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues you may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Medical and Body Systems Terminology

Medical Terminology  

Introduction to basic medical terminology and word formation; identification of the four major word parts of medical terms; building, defining, and analyzing medical terms.

Body Systems 1  

Discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, endocrine, and nervous systems; identification of associated terms, conditions, and abbreviations.

Body Systems 2  

Discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the urinary and reproductive systems, the specialties of gynecology, obstetrics, and neonatology, and the anatomy of the eyes and ears; identification of associated terms, conditions, and abbreviations.

Disease Processes and Surgical Procedures  

An overview of the terminology related to major chronic and infectious diseases as well as surgical treatments for those diseases.

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Program Description

Students learn the fundamentals of medical billing and coding and are prepared to take the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam from the National Healthcareer Association, the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA®) exam from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Program topics include medical terminology; insurance plans; medical ethics; HIPAA; diagnostic and procedural coding; coding compliance and auditing; physician and hospital billing; Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE; EOBs, refunds, and appeals; workers' compensation; and electronic claims processing. Students receive in-depth training on ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS code assignment.

Program Objectives

After completing the Medical Billing and Coding program, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the typical responsibilities of a medical biller/coder, describe the personal and professional ethics required for success in this profession, and describe the career opportunities available to appropriately trained personnel.
  2. Describe how to build a strong base of medical terminology and use this terminology to accurately identify and describe body planes, anatomical directions, and the major structures, functions, and pathologies of all body systems.
  3. Describe the purpose and impact of the Healthcare Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and explain how professionals can learn about changes to the laws and regulations that affect them.
  4. Compare and contrast the major types of government and commercial insurance health plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), and Point-of-Service (POS) plans.
  5. Describe the typical billing guidelines for inpatient medical, inpatient/outpatient global surgery, medical/surgical, and minor surgical procedures.
  6. Summarize the life cycle of a typical insurance claim and explain the processing steps that must be completed before claims and other forms can be submitted to the insurance company.
  7. Explain the purpose of medical coding and accurately code diagnoses and procedures using industry-standard coding systems published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Medical Association (AMA).
  8. Accurately assign ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS codes for diagnoses, procedures, and medical services as part of the insurance reimbursement process.

The tools to grow your career

Our medical billing online course curriculum teaches you a skill set needed by many medical facilities. To help you find the right job for your new skills, Ashworth College gives you exclusive access to career advice, job search assistance, and a network of employers looking for people just like you! Browse our Career Tools today to see how we can support your professional goals and help you discover new opportunities.

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