Medical Coding & Insurance Billing

(available ONLINE and/or On Campus)

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POTENTIAL JOB TITLE

Coding/Billing Clerk
(*SOC Code 43-3021.02)

PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS

Hospitals
Clinics
Physicians' offices
Extended care facilities
Medical insurance companies

See also: Health Science Career Pathways


*Standard Occupational Classification System
DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

Upon completion of this program, students earn a Certificate of Applied Science in Medical Coding and Insurance Billing.

SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times

  • Detail-oriented, focusing on the task at hand
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively
  • Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Managing one's own time and the time of others
  • communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

The Medical Coding and Insurance Billing program prepares entry-level employees with the skills to analyze health records and assign the appropriate code to each diagnosis and procedure according to national and international guidelines. They perform research and rely on their knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and disease processes to determine the correct codes and sequences.

Specific skills

  • Practical application of codes
  • Auditing of records
  • Computerized medical and insurance billing software
  • Practicing accurate interpretation of medical records
  • Correctly documenting and coding information and submitting it to insurance companies
CAREER CLOSEUP
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Job Outlook and Pay Info

Median Wage (MT)* $29,300
Median Wage (US)* $32,880
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Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010) $23,906
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Expected growth (MT)*
(projection through 2018)
6%
Expected growth (US)*
(projection through 2020)
20-28%
   
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau
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PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION

2010-2011 Students
Total in Program: 15
Total Who Completed On Time: 12
On-time Completion Rate: 80%

The median loan debt incurred by students who completed this program: $6,794.


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