Nursing & Health Occupations

Medical Coding & Insurance Billing

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PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS

  •  Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Physicians' offices
  • Extended care facilities
  • Medical insurance companies

 *Standard Occupational Classification System

 

DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

 

Upon completion of this program, students earn a Certificate of Applied Science in Medical Coding and Insurance Billing.

 

SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL

 

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times

  • Detail-oriented, focusing on the task at hand
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively
  • Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Managing one's own time and the time of others
  • communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

 

The Medical Coding and Insurance Billing program prepares entry-level employees with the skills to analyze health records and assign the appropriate code to each diagnosis and procedure according to national and international guidelines. They perform research and rely on their knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and disease processes to determine the correct codes and sequences.

 

Specific skills

  • Practical application of codes
  • Auditing of records
  • Computerized medical and insurance billing software
  • Practicing accurate interpretation of medical records
  • Correctly documenting and coding information and submitting it to insurance companies

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

 

Coding/Billing Clerk

 

CAREER CLOSEUP

Job Outlook and Pay Info

 

Median Wage (MT)*

$29,300


 Median Wage (US)*

$32,880


 Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010)

$23,906 


Expected growth (MT)*

(projection through 2016)

6%


  Expected growth (US)*

(projection through 2018)

20-28%


 *Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau

  

>  Graduate Placement Data

 

 

PLAN OF STUDY

 

Medical Coding & Insurance Billing - Certificate of Applied Science

 

PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION


2010-2011 Students
Total in Program: 15
Total Who Completed On Time: 12
On-time Completion Rate: 80%

The median loan debt incurred by students who completed this program: $6,794.