Medical coders must know how to properly use the most recent and appropriate International Classification of Diseases (ICD) manual to correctly code diagnosis and procedures for ANY patient encounter whether it be “initial” or “subsequent” encounter of care. Medical coders must accurately utilize clinical documentation to code medical services to the highest level of specificity.
Median hourly wage: $20.34
SMost training programs can be completed in 18 to 24 months. To become certified, you must pass an examination administered by AAPC. Coders with less than two years' experience receive a CPC-A (apprentice) designation until their experience is complete
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Graduates of the program may sit for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification exam through the National Healthcareer Association.
Educational Opportunities for Advancement
1st step up & time required
Advanced Medical Coding Program prepares tudents for careers as billing and coding specialists in physicians' offices, hospitals, insurance companies and outpatient facilities. Students learn the procedure for correctly billing patients, how to retrieve information from patient records and how to match medical record with billing record using the correct coding and reimbursement procedure. This is a one year program, too. Graduates of this program sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders certification exam that leads to the Certified Professional Coder credential.
2nd step up & time required
With an associates of science degree in Health Information Technology could qualify a worker for medical records technician or health information technician.
3rd step up & time required
Bachelor's Degree in Health information administration.
Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions
24851 Circle Dr.
Loma Linda, CA 92354
4040 Vine St.
Riverside, CA 92507