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Miami Medical Coding and Billing Diploma Program

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Jump start your career with an 8-month diploma in Medical Coding and Billing at Miami’s CBT Technology Institute and move one step closer to working in the healthcare industry.

This Miami 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.

CBT is one of the Miami Florida based accredited medical billing and coding schools with financial aid helping students on a pathway to becoming a medical biller or coder.

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About The Miami Medical Coding and Billing Diploma Program

Looking to take your first step into a career in the field of Health Information Technology? CBT’s 8-month Diploma in Medical Coding and Billing will give you the tools you need to get started. You will receive hands-on training as you learn the ins and outs of medical code sets and billing procedures. Upon completion of your diploma, you will be prepared to take the Coding and Billing Entry Level Certification (CBCS) conducted by NHA/ATI, as well as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam conducted by AAPC and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) conducted by AHIMA. Medical Coding and Billing professionals can find stable employment with government agencies, physician offices, residential care facilities, hospitals, and other medical facilities, and students can also choose to continue with the coursework toward an associate degree in Health Information Management Technology.

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HIM1222 Medical Coding I C (3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides the student with a comprehensive training in the application of diagnostic codes from 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-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-10-CM codes. This course includes supervised lab instruction of simulation practice exercises. Prerequisite: HSC1531 and BSC1085.

HIM1232 Medical Coding II C (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. Pre-or Co-requisite: HIM1222

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.

HIM1960 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.

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Graduates of the Medical Coding and Billing diploma program at CBT will be prepared for a successful career as a medical coder and biller. They will be able to review documentation received from healthcare practitioners and to translate that information into standardized numerical codes.

What Advanced Courses Does The Medical Coding and Billing Diploma Prepare Me For?

The medical coding and billing diploma program at our Cutler Bay campuses will prepare you for the Coding and Billing Entry Level Certification (CBCS) conducted by NHA/ATI. In addition, students who have graduated from our Coding and Billing program are prepared and eligible to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam conducted by AAPC and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) conducted by AHIMA. Get the certifications you need to have a competitive edge in the medical coding and billing job market.

Is The Medical Billing and Coding Industry in Miami Growing?

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics expects the medical billing and coding field growing by as much as 15% between now and 2024.  Nationally – that averages to almost 30,000 positions that could have openings within the next two years.

This demand is largely driven by an aging population within the US, but more recently healthcare services have been pushing to increase the focus of the digitization of health records and using that to help drive improvements to healthcare via that data.

Within Miami, you’ll find positions in the medical coding and billing field in the following types of businesses:

  • Hospitals
  • Doctor’s Offices
  • Nursing Homes
  • Residental Care Facilties
  • Health Insurance Companies
  • Mental Health Facilties
  • Other Health Practitioners 

Miami is also home to some of Florida’s largest hospitals.  Just within city limits, you may find medical billing coding positions at the following hospitals:

  • University of Miami Health System
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Baptist Hospital of Miami
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
  • HCA Florida Mercy Hospital
  • Keralty Hospital Miami

How Do Medical Coders and Billers Make in Florida?

In addition to a large number of open positions, a career path in medical coding and billing can be quite lucrative – especially in an urban environment like Miami.  Starting salaries in the US for 2022 (according to the AAPC) are as follows:

  • National Non-Certified Medical Coding & Billing: $47,200
  • National Certified Medical Coding & Billing: $58,055

On average – you’ll find you’ll earn approximately 27% more then your uncertified colleagues.  As you continue to grow your career and certifications, you’ll find yourself earning as much as $70,000 with three or more coding and billing credentials.

On average, you’ll find that Florida based medical billing and coding professionals make slightly less then the national average.

Flordia’s average medical coding and billing salary came in at $55,823 dollars, compared to an average US salary of 58,055.  Generally these discrepancies are due to local and state economies.  If you are earning additional certificates in Florida, you’ll find that potential salary to increase:

  • Florida CPC Certified Medical Coding & Billing: $57,443
  • Florida COC Certified Medical Coding & Billing: $63,005
  • Florida CIC Certified Medical Coding & Billing: $85,714

What Should Medical Coding and Billing Students Learn Once They Finish The Course?

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

  • Understand the medical Coding & Billing scope of practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge and the importance of HIPAA regulations and other healthcare laws
  • Use and apply correctly the diagnostic coding sets using the ICD-9-CM coding manual and 3M Encoder Software. Students are also trained in ICD-10 CM codes in preparation for the transition effective in October 2019.
  • Master diagnostic coding for all body systems, newborn conditions, signs and systems, ill-defined conditions, injury, poisoning, V codes, and E codes
  • Use the CPT coding manual to code procedures, services, and treatments, Evaluation and Management (E/M) encounters, and radiology, pathology, and laboratory services
  • Use and apply correctly the Healthcare Procedural Coding System (HCPCS)
  • Understand the health insurance cycle process and complete correctly health insurance claims forms, and know-how providers are reimbursed for their services
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge of computer applications, Medisoft software, Electronic billing as well as entry-level Electronic Data Entry and Electronic Health Records skills

What do medical coders and billers do?

The simplest explanation is that medical coding and billing professional acts as a liaison between the doctor’s office or hospital and the insurance companies.  You’ll be helping your medical facility manage the insurance claims as well as invoices and payments involved in the various healthcare procedures your office performs.

Some of the typical day-to-day tasks for a medical coder and biller might include:

  • preparing and sending invoices for patients 
  • preparing claims for payment for insurance companies
  • helping correct rejected insurance claims
  • converting doctor and nurse notes to proper billing codes
  • tracking and following up on outstanding bills and claims

It’s worth mentioning that medical billing and coding positions are almost entirely office-related work.  While you’ll be working closely with doctors and nurses and staff, there is little to no face-to-face interaction with patients.  Most medical and billing work takes place on a standard computer.

Is There A Difference Between Medical Billing and Medical Coding?

While certifications will allow you to perform both types of work – you’ll generally find that there are a number of explicit differences between a medical biller and medical coders and as you become more specialized or work at larger facilities you may soon find yourself working specifically on one side or the other.  This is a short explanation of each field:

Medical Coders: You’ll act as the first step in the medical coding and billing process and you’ll primarily be receiving and interpreting the care provided for patients into specific codes that modern healthcare computer systems can easily understand.  

Medical Billers: Once properly coded, a medical biller will be using said codes to file insurance claims, post payments to accounts, as well as generate invoices for patients if needed.  You’ll be working much more closely with insurance companies and handling insurance rejections as well.

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CBT Technology Institute has Three (3) conveniently located campuses throughout Miami-Dade County. All locations are accredited with the Council on Occupational Education (COE).

CBT Technology Institute is accredited with the Council on Occupational Education (COE). Credits may be transferable to other colleges and Universities using the Florida State Course Numbering System at the discretion of the receiving institution.

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