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Online Medical Billing Specialist Program

180 Hours (3 months)
Diploma Program
Evening Classes

For people who get satisfaction from helping make a medical facility run, who want to understand insurance, and who are analytical and good negotiators, this Online Medical Billing Specialist diploma program is for you.

If you are detail oriented and want to work in the health care field but don’t like to deal with blood, this Online Medical Billing Specialist diploma program is what you’re looking for. You will still work on clinical cases, but they will be on a computer. And you get to learn about all the reforms happening in health insurance.

The Online Medical Billing Specialist diploma program prepares billing and coding students to obtain entry-level employment specializing in medical related billing and coding in physicians’ offices and health insurance companies. The diploma program utilizes a current software product for managing medical practices.

Training topics covered include billing and coding, accounts receivable, insurance billing, patient statements, encounter forms, appointment scheduling, procedure history, payment posting, diagnostic history, and referring doctor information.

During this Online Medical Billing Specialist diploma program, billing and coding students gain knowledge of complex medical terms and acquire an understanding of body systems, such as: cardiovascular, muscular, skeletal, integumentary, reproductive, urinary, nervous, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, and lymphatic.

Medical billing and coding program students also develop an understanding of the structure, format, and conventions used in ICD-10 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems), CPT-4 (Current Procedure Terminology), and HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System).

In addition to insurance coding classes, other topics include insurance companies, Medicare insurance claim forms, and accounts receivable and legal guidelines.

Some of the Many Hundreds of Local Businesses That Hire Hunter Grads

Job growth in any health care related field is promising and will continue to increase in the coming years.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a growth in medical billing and coding employment to increase by 9 percent from 2020 to 2030.

Job Titles for Graduates of the Online Medical Billing Specialist Program

Short-term programs, lifelong results.

The following list includes, but is not limited to, many of the most common job titles for which this Medical Billing Specialist diploma program prepares Hunter Business School students and requires the use of the skills and training learned as a predominant component of the job.

  • Admissions Coordinator
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Physician Office Specialist
  • Billing Coordinator
  • Medical Secretary
  • Unit Secretary
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Patient Coordinator
  • Unit Support Representative

Courses Offered

Medical Terminology I

OMT2 (30 hours)

During Medical Terminology I, the Hunter Business School student is presented medical terminology through a unique combination of anatomy and physiology, word building principles, and phonetic “sounds like” pronunciations. Students learn proper medical and scientific terminology usage within the context of human anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

Because word parts are integral to learning medical terminology, mastery of these “building blocks” is emphasized throughout the course. Organized by body system, systems begin with an overview of the structures and functions of that system so students can relate these to the specialists, pathology, diagnostic, and treatment procedures that follow. Prerequisite: None

Medical Terminology II

OMT3 (30 hours)

Medical Terminology II reinforces basic medical terminology concepts learned in Medical Terminology I. During this medical training course, additional body system terms from the nervous, vascular, urinary, digestive, respiratory, endocrine, and reproductive systems are studied. Pronunciation, spelling, definitions of common terms, and abbreviations are also emphasized. Prerequisite: OMT2

Medical Coding and Reimbursement I

OMC1 (30 hours)

This medical coding course gives students an essential understanding of medical insurance billing. Students examine topics such as managed care, legal and regulatory issues, coding systems, reimbursement methods, medical necessity, and common health insurance plans.

Emphasis is placed on new legislation that impacts health care; Medicaid Integrity Contractors; case mix management; hospital acquired conditions; admission; and value-based purchasing. Laws and guidelines that regulate coding compliance are also covered. Prerequisite: None

Medical Coding and Reimbursement II

OMC2 (30 hours)

OMC2 provides Hunter Business School students with instruction in medical coding. The study of ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification), CPT (Current Procedural Terminology), and HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System) begun in Medical Coding and Reimbursement I is continued here.

Course lessons stress the importance of linking diagnosis and procedure codes correctly when reporting services for reimbursement from health insurers. Covered also are major laws and guidelines that regulate coding compliance. Prerequisite: OMC1

Computerized Medical Practice Management

OCMP2 (50 hours)

Computerized Medical Practice Management prepares students to utilize a computerized billing and medical software program. During this medical billing and coding course, students learn to accurately input patient demographics, procedures, and diagnoses in order to generate claims and post payments. Various forms of a typical medical office are used to compile standard insurance claim forms to bill insurance companies. Maintaining patient accounts and managing practice finances using the billing program are included.

Students are introduced to the use of electronic records in a medical practice. Topics covered are creating patient records, maintaining health history records, and reading and interpreting patient files. Prerequisite: None

Career Development

OCD10 (10 hours)

Career Development provides an opportunity for Hunter Business School students to prepare for a job search by learning and applying critical self-examination techniques for developing a successful career path and an awareness of the need to include lifelong learning into career management. Course topics include career planning research; job searching; refining interview and communication skills; and development and preparation of career search documents, such as résumés, job applications, and cover and thank you letters. Medical billing and coding students are also familiarized with the use of telephones and faxes, employment testing, office behavior and etiquette, the completion of online applications, and emailing résumés. This medical billing and coding course includes mock interviews. Prerequisite: None

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