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. 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 of medical words.
  • 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 medications.

Medical Insurance and Billing - HCM 115E

Course Description:
This course further develops the skills needed to perform the professional office duties of a medical coding and billing. Continued emphasis is placed on records management, billing, and computer systems specific to Medical Manager Software. Written communications are expanded and practiced throughout the course. Students will use medical office software to input patient data and to perform billing and other medical administrative functions. Medical insurance, ICD-10 and ICD-9 coding techniques will be covered.

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

  1. Utilize general office skills in the coding and billing industry.
  2. List the potential uses and advantages of computers in the medical office.
  3. Understand concepts of billing and collection.
  4. Accurately complete insurance forms.
  5. Demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully utilize Medical Manager Software.