Online Courses in Billing and Coding
The following course descriptions provide an overview of commonly offered online billing and coding courses.
- Basic Medical Terminology Course: This course teaches the medical terminology used for medical billing and coding with an emphasis on correct pronunciation. Students learn the terms for the entire body system. A certificate of completion is awarded to students upon completion of this course.
- Medical Billing Fundamentals Course: Students develop the basic accounting, filing and front office management skills needed to work in a medical office. Focus is also on patient billing and record keeping using Medisoft. Electronic coding is also introduced in this course.
- Introduction to Coding and Billing Course: Students are introduced to the billing and coding process used in medical insurance, with focus on the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) process and CPT errata. Students learn the different methods of reimbursement and coding systems used in the healthcare industry.
- Medical Coding Course: This course introduces CPT Coding, ICD-9-CM Coding. Students learn to code by converting a medical procedure into a corresponding code or symbol. Medicare fraud and abuse is also addressed.
- Pharmacology Course: Students become familiar with principles of pharmacology, including prescription abbreviations, medication schedules, drug classifications, dosage conversion and use of the metric system. Students study the drugs most commonly used in a medical office and become familiar with the Physician's Desk Reference.
- Human Anatomy and Physiology Course: This course provides students with an overview of the human body, with a focus on its structure and systems. Coursework covers the function of the body's many systems including skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, reproductive and digestive.
- Medical Reimbursement Systems Course: In this course, students learn about third-party insurance payers, including Managed Care, Medicaid, tri-care and worker's compensation. The curriculum focuses on the way that each organization is billed, as well as the laws and regulations surrounding the way that each one operates.
- Medical Computer Applications Course: This course familiarizes students with the computer software programs that are commonly used in medical office settings. Many different software programs may be covered in the curriculum including organizational management software and word processing software.
Offered at several schools, online billing and coding courses allow students to update their billing and coding skills or seek certificates or degrees, such as the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Billing and Coding.
Students who have completed online billing and coding courses can earn the Certified Professional Coding certification by passing an exam. Job options for graduates include billing coder, medical records analyst, health information clerk, or medical assistant.
Future medical office workers who want to specialize in bill and coding can take relevant online courses in basic science, office administration and the health insurance industry.