Medical Billing & Coding

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This program is approved for Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act funding for individuals that qualify. To determine your eligibility and suitability of program, please call 815-224-0374.

 

Overview

Whether you’re just starting work or transitioning into a different field, there has never been a better time to enter a career in Medical Billing and Coding. This course will prepare you for success in this rewarding career as you learn about legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts central to this field, including HIPAA compliance, official coding guidelines, and third-party payer requirements. You will also be able to choose a voucher for the professional certification that best aligns with your interests and career goals.

More than one million practicing physicians in the United States rely on medical billers and coders to receive payment for their services.  Besides medical facilities, positions are available with health insurance companies, specialty pharmacies, medical suppliers, consulting firms, and national medical coding and billing companies, so the opportunities are nearly endless!

Medical billers and coders are in high demand. This course offers valuable training in legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts central to this field, including HIPAA compliance, official coding guidelines, and third-party payer requirements.  You will also come to understand all phases of the revenue cycle—from patient registration through medical coding, claims submission, reimbursement, and collections. You will also learn common medical terminology to help you converse with others in healthcare easily and with confidence. You will study word parts and the structures and functions of the human body.  Also presented are the disorders and medical procedures common to each body system, including musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, integumentary, genitourinary, lymphatic, and immune.

After successfully completing the course requirements, you should be well prepared to find your place in this rewarding healthcare career.  You will receive a Certificate of Completion from Illinois Valley Community College and will also be able to choose a voucher for the professional certification that best aligns with your interests and career goals.

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Pre-requisites

There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, in order to sit for national certification exams, candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Therefore, it is recommended you have this before enrolling in this course.

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Medical Billing & Coding (Exam Voucher Included) Tuition: $2,995 

Contact: (815) 224-0427 for additional details. 12 month payment plan may be available for eligible students. 

Program Metrics (2018-2020):

· 95.8% completion rate. 24 students enrolled; 20 successfully completed; 3 in progress.

Labor Market Information:

In LWA 4 employment is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. There are on average 12 job openings per year with 3 being new and 9 due to replacements. Median earnings in LWA 4 is $17/per hour.

An aging population will require more medical services, and health information technicians will be needed to organize and manage the older generations' health information data. This will mean more claims for reimbursement from insurance companies. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of healthcare providers, will lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry. Employment prospects will be best for those with a certification and computer skills.

Local Partners in support of hiring certified medical billers and coders:

Mary Beth Herron, Director Human Resources, Illinois Valley Community Hospital
Heather M. Mautino, Northern Region Manager, OSF, Health Information Management
Lisa Blackburn, Director of Human Resources, St. Margarets Health
OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Ottawa                                      
OSF Healthcare Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford
OSF Healthcare Saint Paul Medical Center, Mendota

Additional Online Healthcare Certification Programs are Available

Additional online healthcare career programs are available including: Medical Transcription, Pharmacy Technician, Advanced Coding, Electronic Health Records Specialist and more. Learn more now
 

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