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Medical Insurance Billing and Coding (Diploma)

In the Medical Insurance Billing and Coding diploma program, students are taught the basic concepts and procedures necessary to perform the tasks associated with filling out health insurance forms, coding medical practice procedures, and medical terminology. Students will learn to perform a variety of administrative health information functions, including those associated with organizing, analyzing, and technically evaluating health insurance claim forms and coding diseases, surgeries, medical procedures, and other therapies for billing.

Graduates are trained for entry-level jobs such as:

  • Medical Records Specialist
  • Medical Biller and Coder
  • Medical Insurance Verifier
  • Medical Reviewer
  • Records Clerk

If you enjoy working with computers, people and processes, you may already have a start on some of the skills needed for a successful MIBC career working in a:

  • Doctor’s office
  • Hospital
  • Insurance company
  • Nursing home
  • Outpatient clinic
  • Urgent care facility
  • Home healthcare agency
  • Pharmaceutical company

Medical Insurance Billers and Coders (MIBC) have a firsthand opportunity to affect the profitability of a healthcare facility. An MIBC ensures that medical records and insurance forms are assigned correct codes. Billing accuracy makes sure that the facility receives the correct insurance reimbursement for the services performed.

Certification

Classes prepare students to sit for the exam to become a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) after meeting eligibility requirements.

In our 17 month program, you will learn how to:

  • Assign codes for medical and surgical procedures
  • File insurance claims
  • Manage patient records
  • Navigate the insurance process
  • Perform accounting, billing and collection procedures
  • Use coding and billing software
  • Understand medical terminology and anatomy

Note: Completion times may vary with each student.

Employers Look for the Following Skills and Abilities:

  • Attention to Detail — requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks, good with numbers, having excellent memory.
  • Integrity — requires being honest and ethical, possessing good judgement.
  • Cooperation — requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Displaying good customer service skills.
  • Dependability — requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Self-Control — requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2017) $16.64 hourly, $34,610 annual.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data.

There is a wide range of earning potential for qualified people in this career field. Vista is here to help you receive the training you need to be qualified to join this healthcare group.

Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/secretaries-and-administrative-assistants.htm#tab-6

Employment is projected to grow from 2016 to 2026 much faster than the average rate for all occupations (Much faster than average = 15% or higher).

Note: Salaries may vary according to location and other factors.

Source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/43-6013.00

For additional information on this program’s gainful employment, student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt, and possible occupational outcomes, see: http://www.vistacollege.edu/disclosures/.