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Online Medical Billing and Coding Diploma


Get a Medical Billing and Coding Diploma in 36 Weeks

The Medical Billing and Coding (MBC) program prepares the student for entry-level employment as a medical biller and coder in outpatient and inpatient care settings. The program combines instructor-led live online teaching and state-of-the-art coding and billing practice tools to provide high-quality education and employment readiness.

The program aims to develop knowledge and competency to code patient diagnoses, outpatient, and inpatient health services, both manual and automated; process medical claims, manage insurance reimbursements and patient accounts; comply with governmental and insurance laws, regulations, and standards; and communicate effectively with constituents in the healthcare environment.

The program is focused on preparing students for employment and certification. A diploma will be awarded upon successful completion of this program.

Start your Medical Billing and Coding journey at FVI School of Nursing and Technology – Contact us today to book a career planning session. We’d love to discuss with you our Medical Coding and Billing ONLINE program. 

The Medical Billing and Coding program is offered 100% online.

What Can I Expect?

Upon the completion of the Medical Billing and Coding program, the graduate will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and competencies to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of health information data and technology
  • Demonstrate an understanding and the use of electronic health records and practice management systems
  • Demonstrate proficiency in medical terminology, clinical vocabulary, and interpreting health information to make proper coding decisions
  • Demonstrate understanding of and compliance with healthcare laws, regulations, and standards associated with the coding and billing procedures and managing health information pertaining to treatment, payment, and operations (TPO).
  • Demonstrate entry-level proficiency using ICD-CM, ICD-PCS, CPT (Certified Phlebotomy Technician) (all sections), and HCPSC Level II code sets, both manual and automated, to assign diagnosis and procedure codes
  • Demonstrate entry-level proficiency in the healthcare revenue cycle processes, including functions and procedures related to medical claims, insurance reimbursement, claims denial, and patient account management
  • Navigate and utilize physician practice management and EHR cloud-based applications
  • Utilize ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System) encoding and grouping 3M software, a computer-assisted coding (CAC) system, and other coding and compliance solutions
  • Demonstrate understanding of a medical coder/biller’s ethical behavior and professional practices
  • Demonstrate employability skills, including writing, communication, and computer skills necessary to interact with healthcare stakeholders and perform professional duties

Curriculum

The Medical Billing and Coding program was designed to progressively develop student knowledge, skills, and competencies as they advance through the degree plan. Medical Billing and Coding and general education courses have been developed to build on previous experiences and allow students to apply knowledge, skills, and competencies in a progressive and cumulative fashion. 

For more information on our MBC program, please refer to our School Catalog 

Course # Course Title Credits
Program Structure
AHP1010
Basic Anatomy & Physiology
3
PCD1000
Professional Career Development
3
HSA1135
Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding
3
HSA1145
Medical Terminology: The Human Body Systems, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
3
HSA2135
Procedural Coding
3
HSA2235
Understanding Environmental Health
3
HSA2335
Outpatient and Inpatient Coding Application
3
HSA2145
US Healthcare System and Compliance
3
HSA2245
Health Information Systems
3
HSA2345
Health Insurance and Claims Cycle
3
HSA2435
Coding Practice Experience (VLab)
3
HSA2445
Billing Practice Experience (Case Analysis and VLab)
3

MBC Program Certifications

 

Pursuing a career in medical billing and coding requires that you have both financial acumen and medical knowledge. You need the skills to accurately bill patients, send insurance claims, and create accurate patient health care records. To pursue a medical billing and coding job you will typically need to obtain at least one of these medical billing and coding certifications: 

 

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC): This certification validates your proficiency in the correct application of CPT ®, HCPCS Level II procedures and supply codes, and ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes used for coding and billing for medical claims in a physician’s office. The CPC exam also evaluates your ability to adhere to documentation and coding guidelines. American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc/
  • Certified Professional Biller (CPB): This certification validates that a medical biller has the skills to maintain all aspects of the revenue cycle. This validates the proven knowledge of how to submit claims compliant with government regulations and private payer policies,  These includes the follow-up on claim statuses, resolving claim denials, submitting appeals, post payments, and adjustments, and managing collections. American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpb/ 
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA): The CCA certification indicates your coding competency required for classifying medical data using patient records across all settings, including hospital and physician practices. The CCA designation has been a nationally recognized standard of achievement in the health information management (HIM) field. American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) https://www.ahima.org/certification-careers/certification-exams/cca/ 

 

Online Virtual Lab Training

Our online Medical Billing and Coding diploma program is designed to help you learn how to accurately record, register, submit, track patient information. During the clinical portion of the program, you will work in a web-based learning VLab® platform designed to encourage you to see the holistic nature of healthcare. 

In this environment, you will access and experience the state-of-the-art software  you will use regularly in the working world. The VLab® lessons and activities are designed to give you access to authentic and realistic cases where you can learn firsthand how the accuracy, protection, and accessibility of health information impact the patient’s journey. The  VLab®  simulates real-world experience and allows you to assess your skills and decision-making ability without jeopardizing the privacy, security, or integrity of medical records. 

Employment Opportunities

Medical Records and Health Information Technician 

These technicians organize, manage and code health information data using medical billing and coding skills to ensure that records are easy to access and interpret 

Billing Specialist 

Billing specialists help keep care facilities running by overseeing the billing process for customers and patients, including processing, and organizing payments and financial records. 

Coding Specialist 

Coding professionals ensure that patient records are entered with the correct codes and manage billing with patients and insurance companies. 

Insurance Claims Specialist 

These individuals facilitate the processing of claims and may serve as the liaison between the insurance company, the provider, and the insured. Claims specialists help patients receive the proper contribution from their insurance and make sure they do not overpay for their procedures. 

Medical Biller 

Medical billers manage payments and insurance claims for the provider to ensure that payments come through on time and accurately reflect the procedures that a patient received. 

Collections Specialist 

Collections specialists collaborate with patients to resolve bills, collect payments, and resolve any billing or coding errors.