Certificate in Medical Coding and Billing

OVERVIEW

The Assumption College Medical Coding and Billing two-course certificate program has been updated to be current with significant changes in healthcare industry requirements announced recently by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
We will be teaching both ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding systems for calendar year 2015. Graduates of the program will be at the leading edge of the field, possessing the ability to implement the new system with expertise and professionalism. "ICD-10 codes will provide better support for patient care, and improve disease management, quality measurement and analytics,” said Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
 
From the announcement:
“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule today finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10, the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases. This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the health care industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015.”
Read the entire Center for Medicare and Medicaid statement

 

TWO-COURSE CERTIFICATE

Medical Terminology - HCM 125E

Course Description:
This course will introduce the student to the systems of the body and terminology related to each system. By presenting medical terms within the context of the body’s anatomy and physiology, and in health and disease, students will learn a working medical vocabulary built on the most frequently encountered prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. The anatomy of each system, diseases and disorders will be covered. Common medical abbreviations of medications, diagnostic testing, diseases and procedures will be incorporated throughout.  

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the structure and meaning of medical terms, including prefixes, combining forms, and suffixes.
  • Demonstrate accurate spelling and usage of medical terms covered.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology and abbreviations associated with each system of the human body.
  • Demonstrate appropriate usage of terms and abbreviations associated with diagnostic testing procedures.
  • Understand and appropriately use the abbreviations and terms associated with administering and prescribing medications.

Medical Insurance and Billing - HCM 115E

Course Description:
This course further develops the skills needed to perform the duties of a medical administrative professional in any outpatient setting. Continued emphasis is placed on records management, billing, and skills necessary to aid in the day-to-day management of a medical practice. This course will enable students to grasp basic concepts pertaining to the role of the medical insurance specialist including areas such as basic diagnostic coding, basic procedural coding, Medicare, HIPAA, and bill collection strategies. Written communications are heavily focused on and practiced throughout the course. Students will use various methods to learn how to input patient data, perform billing and other medical administrative functions.

Course Objectives:
After satisfactorily completing this course, the student shall be able to:

  • Utilize general office skills in the outpatient medical practice industry.
  • List the potential uses and advantages of health information technology in the outpatient medical office.
  • Understand concepts of billing and collection for both public and private sector.
  • Accurately complete insurance forms and demonstrate proficiency with key reimbursement terminology.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully aid a practice in maintaining compliance with many varied federal regulations.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of HIPAA as it applies to patient privacy and practice compliance.