How to Become a Medical Coding and Billing Specialist
Earn Your HS Diploma or Equivalent
Get Formal Training through an Accredited InstitutionWhile formal training is not required, it can be helpful in seeking employment in this field. Medical Coding and Billing programs are available at the certificate and associate degree levels, with online and on-campus options available. Courses typically cover topics like medical terminology, body systems and anatomy, electronic health records as well as learning how to use the CPT Manual, ICD-10 and HCPCS Manuals, CMS-1500 Claim Form and the UB-04 Claim Form.
Obtain CertificationAlthough not required many employers prefer applicants with certification. It shows them you have the knowledge to perform well in a role as a Medical Coding and Billing Specialist and have mastered nationally recognized billing and coding standards. If you choose to wait to get certification until after you have entered the field it can be the next step to securing a better paying position in the field. Graduates of USCI’s Coding and Billing Program are eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Coding Apprentice Exam (CPC-A) with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).Step 4:
Start WorkingMany employers will offer on-the job training, however the employee must prove mastery of nationally recognized billing and coding standards.
Check out this video that outlines the steps necessary to become a Medical Coding and Billing Specialist.
What You'll Learn During Your Online Medical Coding and Billing Training
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- How the human body works...Master human anatomy and physiology
- How to speak the language...Explore medical terminology and pronunciations
- How coding impacts healthcare...Learn how medical procedures and diagnoses are coded
- How to work like a professional. Discover how coders and billers use coding software and the
Internet to boost their productivity and earnings
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