Get to Know our Medical Billing and Coding Program
Why Choose ICH’s Medical Billing and Coding program?
- Hybrid program combining online coursework and hands-on training
- Achievable in as few as 35 weeks
- Flexible schedules – work while you attend school!
- Dedicated, professional faculty
- Financial aid available to those who qualify
At Integrity College of Health, our Medical Billing and Coding program is designed to prepare students to enter the fast-growing administrative healthcare sector of the industry. Medical Billing and Coding Specialists are administrative healthcare professionals, performing critical tasks in support of doctors and medical practices. This 35-week program provides students with intensive training to learn the skills to perform important administrative tasks in medical billing and coding. Students in the Medical Billing and Coding program learn from professional instructors, and receive real-world on-the-job experience through an Externship.
Students in the Medical Billing and Coding program learn:
- Comprehensive Medical Billing and Coding Procedures
- Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology
- Current Medical software
- Medical Billing Software
- How to Prepare and File Insurance Claims
- How to Analyze Benefits
Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion, Medical Billing and Coding diploma, and CPR and First Aid Certification from the American Red Cross.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Medical Billing and Coding as among the fastest growing occupations over the 2019-2029 decade. Employment is projected to grow 9% – much faster than the average job ranking (BLS). Medical and Billing Coders hold jobs in private medical and dental clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, private billing companies or public health departments in positions including Patient Account Representative, Billing Coordinator, Billing and Coding Specialist, and Medical Insurance Collection Specialist.
- Length of Program: 35 weeks morning/afternoon or 42 weeks evening classes
- Total Clock Hours: 920 (Classroom: 720 – Externship: 200)
- Graduates receive a Diploma in Medical Billing and Coding
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate thorough understanding of the human body, its functions and medical terminology as they apply to medical billing and coding.
- Assign and understand diagnostic and procedure codes using ICD-10-CM/PCS and HCPCS/CPT coding systems as used in a variety of settings.
- Uphold legal and ethical standards and adhere to principles of patient confidentiality within the health care community environment as defined by federal, state, and local guidelines and regulations.
- Effectively used specialized computer programs (EMR) and the Microsoft Office Suite.
- Understand and appropriately apply industry standard payment methodologies.
- Effectively apply verbal, nonverbal, and written communication principles and skills in the workplace.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
Prerequisites: To enroll in the Medical Billing and Coding program students must have a high school diploma or GED and pass the entrance exam.
If you do not have a high school diploma, we offer the Eligible Career Pathway Programs (ECPP). Students will have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma while being concurrently enrolled in an eligible ECPP program. Please refer to the latest School Catalog for more information.