Medical Billing & Coding Specialist Training Details
The Medical Billing & Coding Specialist program will prepare students for one of the fastest growing fields in healthcare. Incorrect billing costs insurance companies and the government large sums of money. This can result in large fines and potential lawsuits for hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers.
As a result, healthcare facilities are always in need of highly qualified medical billing & coding specialists. These healthcare providers need well educated professionals to help eliminate the legal ramifications and high costs that are caused by incorrect billing practices.
Billing and coding specialists work on the administrative side of healthcare. They are responsible for taking written notes from healthcare personnel and converting them into identifying medical codes which are used for insurance reimbursement as well as statistical purposes.
The Medical Billing & Coding program at AIMS will cover a number of subject areas including medical billing, medical coding, medical insurance, HIPAA, and electronic health records. The program will provide training for the ICD-10 code set which is currently in use.
The Medical Billing & Coding program requires students to complete a mandatory 80-hour clinical internship. Students will be placed at a clinical site by the AIMS Internship Department. The internship is designed to provide practical training in a real work environment; students will have a mentor who trains and guides them. Students are not permitted to begin the internship until all required classroom and lab hours are completed.
AIMS Education has clinical affiliations with numerous healthcare facilities throughout New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Students will be placed at one or more of these affiliated sites and must complete their clinical hours based on the schedule provided by the school. Internship schedules are based on the availability of clinical sites. All students (Day and Evening) must be prepared to complete their internship during normal business hours (Monday through Friday). The majority of clinical sites do not allow students to complete clinical hours in the evening or on the weekend.
Employment opportunities for certified medical billing & coding specialists are available in a number of different settings. Some billing & coding specialists are employed in doctors’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, ambulatory centers, emergency departments, or medical billing companies. Other opportunities may exist in nursing homes, clinics, surgery centers, or group practices.
Certification / Registry Exam Eligibility
Medical Billing & Coding graduates will be eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Graduates who pass the exam will earn the CCA credential.
Eligibility requirements for the CCA credential are solely determined by AHIMA, and are subject to change at any time. AHIMA is an independent organization. AIMS does not guarantee certification/registry exam eligibility.