Medical Coding & Billing

Welcome to the school of Allied Health! The Medical Coding and Billing program at CBT College could put you one step closer to working in the healthcare industry.

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The medical coding and billing diploma program on CBT College campuses in Florida is approximately eight months long. You will learn a variety of curriculum, in addition to receiving the hands-on experience that you will need as you seek employment in this entry-level position.

You will receive hours and hours of hands-on practical experience in administrative functions, including medical billing and coding. These hours of training will take place in a classroom laboratory setting.

The Medical Coding and Billing (MCB) program is designed to prepare graduates who are able to review, analyze, abstract and apply and use standardized medical coding systems to health data for such purposes as: billing of third party payers (government agencies and insurance companies) for reimbursement of healthcare services rendered, facilitate statistical classification for researchers, examine utilization patterns for administrators, to name a few.

In general these professionals will have technical skills and knowledge necessary: to assign medical codes from standardized medical code sets to diagnoses and procedures/treatments documented in health records and to bill third party payers for reimbursement of healthcare services provided. Medical Coding and Billing Specialists are employed in a variety of jobs in physician’s offices, outpatient facilities, billing services, government, insurance companies or in self-employment. Students can choose to continue with the coursework toward an associate degree in Health Information Management Technology.

To learn more about the medical coding and billing diploma program offered at CBT College in Florida, give us a call today!

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The medical coding and billing diploma program at CBT College will prepare you for a successful career as a medical coder and biller. You will learn how to review documentation that has been provided to you by a physician, or health care practitioner. It will be your duty to translate the information on these documents into standardized numerical codes. This technical aspect will be taught to you thoroughly in our medical coding and billing program.

In this diploma program, you will also learn how to assign and sequence diagnostic and procedural codes using a universally recognized coding system. These codes are necessary for classification and research, to examine utilization patterns, and to facilitate third-party reimbursement.

The medical coding and billing diploma program at our Miami Gardens and Cutler Bay campuses will prepare you for the Coding and Billing Entry Level Certification (CBCS) conducted by NHA/ATI. In addition, our students graduated from our Coding and Billing are eligible and prepared for challenging the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam conducted by AAPC and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) conducted by AHIMA.

Get the certification you need to have a competitive edge in the medical coding and billing job market.

BSC1085: Anatomy and Physiology

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

Students are introduced to the structure and function of the human organ systems as an integral part of the medical field. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the human body structures and normal functioning of each structural system, as well as what takes place when the body’s homeostasis is unbalanced..

CGS1060 Microsoft Technology Applications

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course is a comprehensive introduction to Microsoft Office 2013. It will feature four distinct programs: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook. In MS Word, the student will learn how to create and edit and format documents, and format text and paragraphs. In MS Excel, the student will learn to work with formulas and functions, format a worksheet, and to work with charts. In MS PowerPoint, the student will create/modify a presentation, insert objects into a presentation, and finish a presentation. In MS Outlook, the student will be trained in the usage of e-mail and the management of information the application. There are some activities that integrate some of these applications which are very beneficial for students who will use these applications in the real working environment.

HIM1222 Medical Coding I

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides the student with a comprehensive training in the application of diagnostic codes from the ICD-9-CM and the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. This course focuses on the history, format, conventions, guidelines and appropriate assignment of codes from the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM classification systems. Diagnostic clinical information is identified and abstracted from health records in various healthcare settings (outpatient and inpatient) and assigned the appropriate, accurate and specific ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes. This course includes supervised lab instruction of simulation practice exercises (virtual lab).

HIM1232 Medical Coding II

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides the student with a comprehensive view to the nomenclature and classification systems known as Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). This course concentrates on the accurate use of CPT for procedural and operative coding. This course also concentrates on the accurate use of HCPCS for Medicare’s Level II national coding used to bill for ambulance, medical and surgical supplies, durable medical equipment, etc. CPT and HCPCS procedural/operative clinical information, in addition to diagnostic clinical information, is identified and abstracted from health records and assigned the appropriate, accurate and specific procedural/operative and diagnostic codes for third party billing. This course includes supervised lab instruction of simulation practice exercises (virtual lab).

HIM1273 Medical Insurance & Billing Procedure

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course introduces the major types of medical insurance, payers, and regulators, as well as the medical billing cycle including HIPAA/HITECH Privacy, Security, and Electronic Health Care Transactions, Code Sets, and Breach Notification Rules. The class will provide students with the knowledge in correct coding procedures, using coding references, complying with proper linkage guidelines, general procedures for calculating reimbursement, how to bill compliantly, and preparing and transmitting claims.

HIM19860 Certification Exam Review

(1.5 Semester Credit Hours)

This course will provide a structured plan of preparation which emphasizes the acquisition of test taking skills and critical thinking abilities to successfully pass a medical coding & billing certification exam conducted by a recognized national certifying association organization. This dynamic review course has been designed to review with students for relevant topics according to organization guidelines and specification on exam domains and percentage of questions to be questioned on certification exam. The class also includes exam questions practicum with rationales.

HIM2012 Legal Aspects of Health Care Records

(1.5 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides students with the fundamentals of law surrounding the delivery of healthcare and the management and protection of health information including an in-depth view of the various federal and state court systems and the legal processes that HIM professionals must have an understanding of. It also covers the federal and state laws and accreditation standards governing who is entitled to have access to health information and under what circumstances. A comprehensive review in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the legal processes important to HIM professionals, such as civil procedure, the medical record as evidence, and legal precedents are discussed in detail. A guidance regarding responding to requests for uses and disclosures of health information and the protection of patient information are presented. Finally, other legal areas are also addressed: labor law, medical staff organization, risk management, quality improvement, and compliance.

HSC1531 Medical Terminology

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course introduces medical elements and their applications to body systems and medical specialties. The student will be introduced to medical terms, including suffixes, roots, prefixes and anatomical terms. The basic body components will also be introduced and associated with the proper terminology. These terms will be applied to common medical specialties.

SLS1105 Student Success Skills

(1.5 Semester Credit Hours)

student success skills is a course designed to help students succeed in college by providing them with a foundation for gaining the skills and demeanor necessary to be a successful college student. Students will learn how they learn, and pay special attention to cultural, and socio-economic factors that impact student success. The student will learn strategies that may allow them to overcome their cultural, socio-economic and/ or learning challenges

SLS1509 Critical Thinking Skills

(1.5 Semester Credit Hours)

This course explores the process of thinking critically and guides students in thinking more clearly, insightfully and effectively. Concrete examples from students' experience and contemporary issues help students develop the abilities to solve problems, analyze issues, and make informed decisions in their academic, career and personal lives. Substantive readings, structured writing assignments and ongoing discussions help student develop language skills while fostering sophisticated thinking abilities.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Provide students with an understanding of the medical Coding & Billing scope of practice.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and the importance of HIPAA regulations and other healthcare laws
  3. Use and apply correctly the diagnostic coding sets using the ICD-9-CM coding manual and 3M Encoder Software. Students also, are trained in ICD-10 CM codes in preparation for the transitioning effective in October 2015.
  4. Master diagnostic coding for all body systems, newborn conditions, signs and systems, ill-defined conditions, injury, poisoning, V codes, and E codes
  5. Use the CPT coding manual to code procedures, services, and treatments, Evaluation and Management (E/M) encounters, and radiology, pathology, and laboratory services
  6. Use and apply correctly the Healthcare Procedural Coding System (HCPCS)
  7. Understand health insurance cycle process and complete correctly health insurance claims forms, and know how providers are reimbursed for their services
  8. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of computer applications, Medisoft software, Electronic billing as well as entry level Electronic Data Entry and Electronic Health Records skills
  9. Demonstrate interpersonal skills, medical ethics, confidentiality and professionalism in the coding & billing field.
The need for medical coding and billing technicians is expected to increase by 22 percent over the next few years. Increased populations will cause the need for increased health care services, which is good news for medical coding and billing technicians. You could find stable employment with government agencies, physician offices, residential care facilities, hospitals, and other medical facilities once you have earned your medical coding and billing diploma.

Available Campuses

CBT College has five (5) convenient locations in Miami-Dade. All CBT locations are nationally accredited by ACICS, and offer a full time Career Services Department to help student and graduates in their Job Search.

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CBT College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Credits may be transferable to other colleges and Universities using the Florida State Course Numbering System at the discretion of the receiving institution.

1 CBT College’s programs are designed to prepare students for employment in their selected field of study or in related fields. CBT College does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, be eligible for job advancement opportunities or be employed at all. Additional training or certifications may be required to compete in current job market conditions.
2 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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