Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

What is MBC?

MBC stands for Medical Billing & Coding. Coders work in a variety of healthcare settings. When a patient has any exam or procedure, the medical office needs to code the patient's diagnoses and procedures in order to facilitate billing.

What are the responsibilities of the medical billing and coding specialists?

The medical billing and coding specialists are responsible for making sure medical office revenue cycles run smoothly. They are in charge of processing patient data such as treatment records and insurance information. They are tasked with coding a patient's diagnosis with a request for payments from the patient's insurance company.

What are some abilities that a medical billing and coding specialist should possess?

Accuracy is extremely important. You should have an eye for detail, be a team player and possess a professional attitude. You should feel comfortable working with a computer and always be willing to learn.

What are the employment prospects for this career?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections indicate that employment of professionals in this field will increase 20% prior to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Can I become a certified professional?

Yes. There are two prominent professional organizations that certify medical billing and coding specialists. They are AAPC and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). They offer a variety of certification options based on the facility workplace type of your choosing. Interested candidates should explore both professional organizations and job postings in their area to determine which certification is the best fit.

Will this Program prepare me to become a certified medical billing and coding specialist?

Yes. All students will complete the Standard Block of classes, which includes Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Disease Pathology, Diagnostic Coding and Procedural Coding. You will then choose an add-on module that will prepare you for the certification examination of your choosing: CPC® ,COC™ , CCA®, CPC-P®, and CCS®. Participants who are interested in the CCS certification will also study Pharmacology and Intermediate Coding.

Does this Program cover ICD-10?

Yes. This Program covers both ICD-9 and ICD-10. The reasons for this are two-fold. The AAPC is still testing on ICD-9 until January 2016, and professional billers and coders will still be processing past claims created using ICD-9 codes while also processing new claims newly coded in ICD-10.