Medical Reimbursement & Coding
Associate of Applied Science
Not all healthcare careers involve patient care. For any medical facility or practice to survive, it also needs quality administrative care – medical professionals who can accurately track when, where and how patients are treated and submit bills to appropriate parties for reimbursement. If you are detail oriented, have data processing skills and want to help facilitate operations and patient care, becoming a medical reimbursement&coding professionalmay be perfect for you.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
With an associates degree in medical billing and coding, students will study and practice the skills that will help them gain national coding certification from either The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The comprehensive nature of the MRC Program fulfills all hourly criteria for both AHIMA and AAPC national certifying bodies.
Students can choose between a physician or hospital track. While some coding professionals choose one type of coding based on their own interest and style,many coders are cross-credentialed and able to work in both areas. Your Academic Advisor can help you determine which track meets your career goals.
By completing the Medical Reimbursement & Coding degree you will learn key skills and procedures, including:
- Medical coding, billing, transcription, data processing and record keeping
- Medical terminology, the structure and organization of body systems, common pharmacological treatments
- Protocol specific to diagnostically coding illness, injury, and medical services for patients receiving healthcare services in hospitals and physician practices.
- Concept and theory of diagnostic and procedural coding in physician and hospital environments.
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