Medical Billing and Coding Program

Medical Billing and Coding Program

What is a Medical Biller and Coder?

Medical billers and coders play a major role in bringing together patients, health care providers, and insurance companies. They translate the documents in a patient’s chart into codes, and spend a majority of their time using their computer to enter data into a billing systems or looking for information to clarify notes in the patient’s chart. The day-to-day duties may consist of:

  • Retrieving referrals
  • Checking eligibility and benefits verification for treatment
  • Reviewing patient bills for accuracy and completes, and obtaining any missing information
  • Following up on unpaid claims within standard billing cycle

Program Description

The Medical Billing and Coding program is a non-credit program lasting one year. These are intensive courses and require students to be prepared for each class. Students need to be able to effectively manage their time to successfully complete this program. You must take all required courses to receive a certificate.

Certification

This program will prepare the student to become nationally certified as a CPC-A (Certified Professional Coder Apprentice). This certification is sponsored by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The AAPC is a nationally-recognized organization offering professional accreditation, education, recognition and networking opportunities to medical coders. To obtain an application packet or for more information, visit them at www.aapc.com or call 800-626-2633.

Required Courses

WIOA and SNAP* Eligible

*SNAP-eligible recipients – Please note this is not an enrichment program. The outcome of this training is employment. Please note that employment may directly impact your disability benefits.

CRN# 33574

Medical language translates into communication used by all levels of staff working in or around a clinical environment. It is very logical and organized according to body systems, anatomy, physiology and disease processes. A course in medical terminology is essential for students who will be involved in any science-related career. In this 90-hour class students will be introduced to the systems of the body and terminology related to each system, along with anatomy. Common medical abbreviations of texts, diseases and procedures will be introduced. Students will learn about the structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, and how to decipher medical words.

PREREQUISITES

Must successfully complete our in-house English and mathematics exam or provide proof of prior college-level English and math. (Call our main office at 860-215-9028 to schedule time to take the test)

  1. Log onto www.timecenter.com/trcc
  2. Click on Make-up, Special Accommodation, & Workforce Test
  3. Click on date and time of your choosing
  4. Complete the requested information. When asked for a Student ID number, please notate “non-credit” and the type of test you are taking (for example, CNA). You will receive a confirmation text or email of this scheduled appointment.

Note: Please arrive on time for your scheduled appointment (Room A117).  There is no food or drink allowed in the Testing Center.  There is no use of cell phones, headphones, notes, etc., during testing.  Students must present a picture ID in order to enter the Testing Center for their appointment.

SCHEDULE

Length of Course: 90 hrs.
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8/27/19-12/10/19; No class 11/28/19
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Room: B127
Cost: $900, books at an additional cost
CEU’s: 9
Registration deadline 8/20/19

WIOA and SNAP* Eligible

*SNAP-eligible recipients – Please note this is not an enrichment program. The outcome of this training is employment. Please note that employment may directly impact your disability benefits.

CRN# 33577

An introduction to the world of health insurance billing and the dynamic, growing field of health information management. This course provides a thorough, practical overview of key principles and current practices, from patient registration to claims submission. Students will learn the ten steps that clearly identify all the components needed to successfully manage the medical insurance claims process. The cycle shows how administrative medical professionals “follow the money.” Medical insurance specialists must be familiar with the rules and guidelines of each health plan in order to submit proper documentation, which then ensures that offices receive maximum, appropriate reimbursement for services provided.

Length of Course: 45 hrs.
Dates: Mondays, 9/03/19 – 12/30/19
Time: 5:30 p.m.—8:45 p.m.
Room: B118
Cost: $450.00—books at an additional cost
CEU’s: 4.5
Registration deadline 8/27/19

Students will learn how to use the full-featured and current SimChart for the Medical Office. This course offers medical office training using current, realistic medical office cases while building transferable computerized medical billing and scheduling skills. Students who complete this course will learn the appropriate terminology and skills to use any patient billing software program with minimal additional training. As students’ progress through, SimChart they learn to gather patient information, schedule appointments and enter transactions. The practical, systematic approach is based on real-world medical office activities. This course is held in a computer lab.  Please make sure that you are able to log into the computers on campus with your banner id and password. Please contact the IT Department at (860) 215-9049 to arrange to activate your account or if you have difficulties logging on prior to your first class. This class meets for 45 hours.

Prerequisite: Basic computer skills.

Length of Course: 45 hrs.
Dates: Will be offered Summer 2020
Time: TBD
Room: TBD
Cost: $450.00—books at an additional cost
CEU’s: 4.5
Registration deadline: TBD

WIOA and SNAP* Eligible

*SNAP-eligible recipients – Please note this is not an enrichment program. The outcome of this training is employment. Please note that employment may directly impact your disability benefits.

CRN#

This course simplifies ICD-10 diagnosis to ensure the most accurate billing and optimal reimbursement for outpatient medical services. The Guide to the Update section lists all new and revised codes, providing quick access to the annual changes. Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (OGCRs) are listed and also integrated within the code set, providing fast, easy access to the official coding rules.

Length of Course: 50 hrs.
Dates: Offered Spring 2020
Time:TBD
Room: TBD
Tuition: $475, books at an additional cost
CEU’s: 5
Registration deadline TBD

WIOA Eligible

CRN#

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology and Anatomy for Coders.  Students need to make sure their TRCC computer account is active for the current semester, as this course will be utilizing Blackboard Learn, an online learning management tool. Please contact the IT Department at (860)215-9049 to arrange to activate your account.

This course will cover the HCPCS and identify the purpose of the CPT manual. It will allow students to convert descriptions of medical, surgical, and diagnostic services into numerical codes. Students will learn CPT coding conventions, organization of the HCPCS Level II codes, and steps for assigning CPT and HCPCS Level II codes.

 

Length of Course: 60 hrs.
Dates: Summer 2020
Times: TBD
Cost: $575, textbooks at an additional expense
CEUs: 6
Registration deadline:

WIOA Eligible

CRN# 33578

This course is a review of coding concepts and techniques required to pass the AAPC CPC Certification exam, including becoming acquainted with the structure and materials on the exam, reviewing all sections of CPT, ICD-10-CM and HCPCS and recognizing strategies used on the certification exam.

Prerequisites:

  • Successful completion of Medical Terminology and Anatomy for Coders
  • Successful completion of Understanding Health Insurance
  • Successful completion of ICD-10-CM
  • Successful completion of Current Procedural Terminology and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS 11)

Please bring your ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS codebooks to class.

Length of Course: 50 hrs.
Dates: Thursdays, 9/05/19 – 12/19/19 (No class 11/28/19)
Times:  9/05/19-11/07/19, 5:30-9:00 pm; 11/14/19-12/19/19, 5:30-8:30 pm
Room: B118
Cost: $475, includes handouts
CEUs: 5
Registration deadline: 8/29/19

Prerequisites

  • High school completion (or equivalent)
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Should be familiar with personal computers, file management, use of a keyboard, mouse and Windows 8.1. or higher
  • You must take all required courses to receive a certificate. The program is one year in length
  • Prior to submitting your registration you must successfully complete our in-house Math and English Comprehension test. The in-house testing arrangements must be made prior to submitting your registration and payment. Waiver for the testing will be considered for those who provide proof of prior college-level courses.
  • To make an appointment for an entrance exam, please sign up as follows:
    1. Log onto www.timecenter.com/trcc
    2. Click on Make-up, Special Accommodation, & Workforce Test
    3. Click on date and time of your choosing
    4. Complete the requested information. When asked for a Student ID number, please notate “non-credit” and the type of test you are taking (for example, CNA).  You will receive a confirmation text or email of this scheduled appointment.

    Note: Please arrive on time for your scheduled appointment (Room A117).  There is no food or drink allowed in the Testing Center. There is no use of cell phones, headphones, notes, etc., during testing.  Students must present a picture ID in order to enter the Testing Center for their appointment.

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SNAP and WIOA Eligible

The Medical Billing and Coding program is WIOA and SNAP eligible.

SNAP-eligible recipients – Please note this is not an enrichment program. The outcome of this training is employment. Please note that employment may directly impact your disability benefits.