About Medical Coding & Billing

The Medical Coding & Billing undergraduate certificate program is designed to train students in a field that can add real value to a healthcare provider’s office by teaching students to use the tools provided by the American Medical Association to properly identify procedures and diagnoses that are performed by a physician or hospital to ensure that the correct reimbursement is given to those whom are performing the services rendered.

Courses are built sequentially — The first three months provide an introduction to the fundamentals of medical terminology and and how health insurance billing and reimbursement is structured. Mid City College also focuses on developing a proficiency in writing and performing the complex calculations that are included in the reimbursement field. Students take english and math classes for the first three months of the program and Microsoft Excel and Word for three months to ensure that the student can use these skills in a real life situation of any healthcare environment. Advanced coding techniques are taught to students from day one and built upon daily to ensure that our students can be employed quickly upon graduation from the program. The Medical Coding and Billing certificate program can provide you with the knowledge and technical skills required by employers in health care services.

Students will learn with a hands-on approach that enables students to practice coding skills in the classroom under the supervision of a qualified instructor. Students start practicing Medical Coding & Billing from the first day and over 85% of classroom time is dedicated to real world practice.

Our approach has students learning the fundamentals of medical terminology, the body systems, and the diseases of the human body and procedures which will allow them to use the codes that are based on CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-10-CM practices to identify the encounter that is described by the physician.

This course covers reimbursement and billing to all insurance companies, including Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance.

Outcomes

MCB Undergraduate Certificate holders will be able to: Communicate effectively with patients, healthcare professionals and insurance companies. Demonstrate mastery of word processing and spreadsheet applications in order to effectively communicate with patients, providers and health insurance companies. Identify the anatomies and physiologies and illnesses of the human body in order to effectively code using CPT, HCPCS and ICD-10-CM codes. Employ the principles of Medical Coding & Billing practices that are demonstrated using the guidelines and principles established by the American Medical Association, the structure of the healthcare system in the US and its laws and ethical guidelines. Demonstrate working knowledge of the health information system. Manage insurance and patient payments for healthcare provides.

Institutional Accreditation

Mid City College is accredited by the Council On Occupational Education and licensed by the State of Louisiana Board of Regents.

What you’ll learn

Medical Terminology

Learn the words used to describe human anatomy, its conditions and the medical procedures, medications and common abbreviations used to treat those conditions.

The US health care system

Learn how the US health care system is organized from the payment systems roles of coders and billers and the roles of doctors and other health care providers.

International Classification of Diseases Coding (ICD 10 – CM), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), Heathcare Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS)

Learn how to use codes to represent the diagnosis for a patient and procedures used to code a patient’s condition according to the World Health Organization’s standards. ICD-10-CM is new to the United States since 2016.

Reimbursement and Health Insurance

Learn how to employ reimbursement and payment methodologies by correctly using medical codes, documentation, appeals processes and standards of coding in order to increase or maintain current reimbursement ratios for a health care provider

Health Record Management

Learn how to maintain health records and enter information from healthcare providers into the correct databases using current Electronic Medical Record Management systems used in the health care management industry.

Course Sequence

Level I – Months 1-3, Basic Introduction and Practice

Academics

3 Courses in Math Basics for Medical Coding & Billing – Training students to handle math that will be encountered in a medical office to improve on reimbursement.

3 Courses in Writing Basics for Medical Coding & Billing – Training students to write letters to insurance companies, patients and other professionals to improve reimbursement in the office.

2 Courses in Anatomy & Physiology

a. Body Structures – Training students on the structure and function of the human body and the terminology required to code based on these structures.

b. Organs and Systems – Training students on the organs and body systems of the human body and the terminology required to code based on these structures.

Core

1 Course in Medical Billing and Insurance – Training students on the medical billing cycle,

1 Course in Introduction to Medical Coding

  Level II – Months 4-6, Intermediate Practice

Academics

3 Courses in Microsoft Excel for Medical Coding & Billing

3 Courses in Microsoft Word Classes for Medical Coding & Billing

Core

2 Courses in Advanced Medical Coding

a. CPT/HCPCS

b. ICD-10-CM

3 Lab Courses in Medical Coding

  Level III – Month 7, Advanced Medical Coding Techniques:

Core

1 Course in Advanced Medical Coding Techniques

1 Lab Course in Medical Coding

  Level IV – Month 8, Externship:

1 Full-Time Externship at a local healthcare provider’s office

Career Opportunities

When you earn your Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Coding and Billing, you will discover a number of medical coding and billing career opportunities in this booming field. Here are a few examples:
  • Coder
  • Health Information Clerk
  • Reimbursement Analyst
  • Charge Master
  • Medical Records Analyst
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Records Coordinator
  • Medical Records Technician (Medical Records Tech)
  • Billing Analyst
  • Insurance Coordinator
Medical coding and billing career opportunities can be found in a wide variety of settings, such as:
    • Physicians’ offices
    • Hospitals
    • Medical billing services
    • Emergency rooms
    • Ambulatory centers
    • Insurance companies
 

Documents Required

With multiple ways to submit documents, MCC makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.
  • A completed application
  • At least one official transcript (from either high school or a previously attended college)
  • Additional requirements for International Students
 

How to Apply

APPLY TODAY FOR THE CERTIFICATE IN MEDICAL CODING AND BILLING

Medical Insurance Billing Specialists are professionals that prepare, submit and/or process insurance claims for doctor’s offices, hospitals, extended care facilities, diagnostic centers, insurance companies and other health-related facilities. Professional settings that offer career opportunities to the Medical Insurance Billing Specialist include outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, medical laboratories, insurance companies, skilled nursing facilities, home health care agencies and independent billing agencies.

What you Learn

Medical Billing Systems
Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology
HIPAA Regulations
Medical Terminology
Diagnostic Codes for Medicine
Medical Coding & Billing Procedure