Coursework in insurance billing and coding is available through various types of undergraduate programs. Diploma, certificate and associate's degree programs in medical billing and coding typically include some general education courses. Graduates of these types of programs may find work at physician's offices, hospitals and other health-related facilities. Coursework my include the following subjects:
- Health care operations
- Ethical standards
- Private insurance
- Organs of the human body
- Verbal communication
- Industry technology
List of Courses
Medical Vocabulary Course
Students become familiar with the medical terminology and abbreviations they will encounter when working in medical billing and coding. Instruction includes familiarization with medical equipment, procedures and diagnoses, as well as the biology and pathology of systems of the body. This course is often a prerequisite for further study in medical billing and coding.
Diagnostic Coding Course
Coding medical diagnoses can be taught in both introductory and advanced courses. Basic courses introduce students to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) handbook, which is the common reference used for all diagnostic coding. Advanced courses include further instruction in coding, indexing and abstracting.
Procedure Coding Course
Procedure coding skills can be taught on both the basic and advanced level. Introductory courses focus on various medical services, including treatments and procedures performed in both inpatient and outpatient settings. More advanced courses cover the ICD codes that are updated most often, as well as the most recent version of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System.
Insurance Processing Course
This course introduces the various medical insurance systems that students are likely to encounter in the healthcare field. It also helps students become familiar with basic insurance claim forms and billing formats for both medical insurance and managed care programs. Students learn how to apply diagnostic and procedure coding skills using forms issued by various insurance companies.
Insurance Computer Software Applications Course
Students are introduced to the latest trends in electronic health data management. Coding and billing processes are taught in electronic format using the latest insurance processing software programs.
Human Anatomy Course
A course in human anatomy includes instruction in various systems of the body, such as the muscular, digestive and reproductive. It teaches students to identify the various organs in each system and their functions. Learning the physiology of the human body helps students better understand the procedures and diagnoses they must code and so is usually offered early in a degree program.