Last updated 2/12/2014
Certificate Code 5586
Peter Richards, 309-796-5610, email@example.com
This certificate is offered only at the Quad-Cities Campus.
The Medical Billing Specialist Certificate is to prepare students for employment in the health care information management area. This certificate enables the student to be employed by hospital billing departments, physicians’ offices, health care clinics, emergency care clinics, chiropractic offices, psychiatric clinics, health insurance companies and HMO offices.
The Medical Billing Specialist will work in jobs that require the knowledge of insurance basics, insurance claims, specific health care insurance carrier’s expectations, strong data entry skills, team working experience with medical coders and medical transcriptionists and others on the health care team, medical terminology, law, liability and medical ethics when working in the healthcare information management area, internet medical billing opportunities, computer keyboarding with Windows, Medical Manager billing software and the ability to communicate effectively – both oral and written – with carriers and their representatives and patients.
To deliver these special skills in this program, this curriculum provides both classroom instruction and hands-on experience in the form of a 240-hour internship.
Primarily, the job would include accounts receivable work, posting receipts, verifying and precertifying insurance, follow up on insurance claims, customer service, medical bill review, handling all assigned claims to conclusion, working with insureds and doctors to arrange settlement, computer work on windows-based programs including Medical Manager software and collections.
Many physicians’ offices would require that the Medical Billing Specialist have some crossover duties required with the receptionist or medical secretary – accepting the duties of scheduling appointments, answering phones, picking up customer information from the hospital, coordination of in-patient and out-patient coding activities, solving and correcting errors in billing and physician scheduling.
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
BE 141 — Computerized Keyboarding I (3)
BIOL 150 — Medical Terminology (3)
BE 110 — Data Entry (2)
BE 100 — Orientation to Work Environment (2)
HIM 156 — Introduction to Health Insurance (3)
BE 180 — Business Communications (4)
HIM 200 — Advanced Medical Terminology (3)
HIM 251 — Medical Office Procedures (3)
HIM 249 — Management of Health Information (3)
HIM 255 — Medical Manager (3)
HIM 254 — Law, Liability and Medical Ethics (3)
HIM 261 — Seminar (1)
HIM 265 — Internship (3)
Minimum total hours required for Certificate (39)
Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.