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Medical Billing and Coding Certificate - Online  

Now includes ICD-10 instruction.

Note: As a result of the recent passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, the implementation of ICD-10 codes has been delayed until October 1, 2015.

The Medical Billing and Coding program will give you the skills you need to be competitive in the healthcare market, as well as the credentials through certification to prove your qualifications. Learn key skills such as abstracting from medical records, assigning codes to diagnoses and procedures using the ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS Level II code books, developing insurance claims according to third-party guidelines, and understanding the legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts that are vital to this field. In Medical Terminology, you will learn important terminology and study the disorders and medical procedures common to each body system.

Prerequisite: Students should be proficient in keyboarding, have a basic understanding of a word-processing computer program (Microsoft Word is recommended), and have a command of English grammar and punctuation. While no healthcare work experience is required, it is recommended that students have knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Students must have a high school diploma or equivalent in order to sit for national certification exams.

Learning Objectives:

  • Adhere to legal concepts, such as advance directive, living will, power of attorney, and guardianship
  • Explain the HIPAA Privacy Rule
  • Safeguard and disclose protected health information (PHI)
  • Recognize the implications of health insurance fraud and abuse
  • Discover the five models of managed care organizations
  • Assign accurate codes from the ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS Level II coding manuals
  • Assign accurate codes from the ICD-10-CM Official Draft Code Set
  • Develop an insurance claim
  • Use the electronic data interchange (EDI)
  • Recognize health insurances delivered by private companies and government-sponsored programs

Upon successful completion of the Medical Billing and Coding course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position doing medical billing or coding in a medical office setting and will be prepared to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification exam once all other exam eligibility requirements have been met. This course includes study guide materials, access to practice exams, and the registration fees for the CBCS exam. Students must schedule their certification exam and select a testing location directly through NHA. Note: KSU serves as a testing location for the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist classroom-based certificate program only. Eligibility requirements can be found on the NHA website at www.nhanow.com. This course will also help students prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Materials included:

A Guide to Health Insurance Billing, 4th Edition

2013 Coding Workbook for the Physician's Office

2014 CPT Standard Edition

2014 HCPCS Level II

ICD-10-CM: The Complete Official Draft Code Set

ICD-9-CM Expert for Physician's, Volumes 1 & 2, 2014

Medical Terminology for Health Professions

Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary

Please Note: This course includes 60 hours of medical terminology training. If you already have medical terminology training or experience you may request a course discount to take the course without these 60 hours of medical terminology instruction. Please contact the Online Department at 470-578-3355 for more information about this option.

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Requirements: You will need a computer with Internet connection and email, and MS Word or Wordperfect software.

You will receive a password and log-in information via email within 3-5 business days of registering for this course. Course materials are included and will be mailed to you within 10 business days. You have 12 months to complete this course. You must make an 70 or higher as your final grade to successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of completion. There are no refunds for this course.

If you have questions about this course, please contact the online coordinator at 470-578-3355 or online@kennesaw.edu.


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