With the complexity of reimbursement to doctors and hospitals from medical insurance companies, the field of medical billing and coding is strong, growing, and a great place to develop a career. There are a number of excellent schools that provide the training necessary to become certified as a medical billing professional, and you should explore finding one in your state. Campus experiences are readily available at many of these institutions, but if you are at a stage of your life where you are too busy to attend classes, many of these programs are available online. Here are the top five schools.
Berkeley College, with campuses in New York and New Jersey, offers an Associate of Arts degree in Health Services Administration. You can specialize in medical insurance coding and billing. Students learn medical terminology and computing, insurance, as well as the ethics and law of health care. The course of study is offered on campus and online and also includes liberal arts and business courses.
Kaplan Career Institute offers a diploma in medical billing and coding. You can attend the school's campuses in Boston, Harrisburg, and Nashville. The program offers both lectures and laboratory work in various disciplines, including medical terminology, claims for dental insurance, insurance fraud and legal issues, and use of the relevant equipment. It prepares its graduates to take the Certified Professional Coder exam given by the American Academy of Professional Coders. Kaplan College offers those programs in California, Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, and Nevada.
Sanford Brown College has locations in Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia, and offers its medical coding training program at each one. The course of study covers billing practices and systems, data abstracting, health record maintenance, and healthcare computer applications. Sanford Brown Institute, which focuses on medical programs, offers a similar course of study in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Everest College offers a certificate program covering medical terminology, health care administration, insurance coding, and other areas relevant to preparation for the certification examination. This is a very hands-on program that allows students to manually and electronically prepare simulated insurance forms, and gives them experience interviewing patients and documenting their work for the files. Every student, in addition to course work, must complete a 160 hour hands-on work experience in the field.
Virginia College offers both diploma and certificate programs in medical billing and coding that include specialized training in the most advanced coding and medical terminology programs. It also includes an externship where the student works under the supervision of a medical professional.
These are just five of a number of excellent choices of schools that can help you find a job with a private medical billing firm, a doctor's office, or a hospital. Coupled with some experience in the field, these programs can give you the training to start your own medical billing business. It is a good idea to combine the specific training required to pass the certification examination with general business and health care administration courses.