Get the training you'll need to assist healthcare professionals in real-life medical settings with our Medical Billing and Coding program. Gain an overview of electronic health records, medical billing software and data exchange tools used in today's healthcare systems. Learn how to properly identify and code procedures for an optimal patient experience.
Looking for the right medical billing and coding school? ACC’s Medical Billing and Coding program emphasizes hands-on learning and real-life experience. Prepare to interact with patients and insurance companies as you accurately record procedures and discuss payment options.
Find a medical billing and coding program near you. Our program is available at our three Southern California campuses: Los Angeles, Ontario, and Anaheim.
This program is taught in a blended format combining online classes and only 2 days a week of in-person instruction.
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Track patient health by learning to use the Sphygmomanometer to monitor blood pressure.
Understand claim processing cycle and identify a rejected or denied claim form.
Including pathophysiology and pharmacology relating to those body systems.
As a Medical Biller and Coder, you'll handle the important business details to keep the office running smoothly. You'll interact with patients and their insurance companies to accurately record procedures and provide payment options.
Medical billers and health claims examiners interact with patients and insurance companies to accurately record procedures and discuss payment options. Students in our medical billing and coding program will be trained to do the following:
If you’re interested in a career on the business side of healthcare, medical billing and coding might be a good fit for you.
Here are some of the top skills and attributes that make for a great medical biller and coder:
Active listening – Medical billers need to efficiently communicate with patients, doctors, and insurance companies, this includes active listening and understanding.
Service orientation - A great healthcare worker is one with a passion for helping patients and for providing the best care possible.
Complex problem solving – Are you good at logic puzzles? Medical billers often need to review information, evaluate viable options, and implement solutions.
Time management – A good medical biller manages their time in order to process patient information in a timely manner.
Communication – Medical billers often need to use their knowledge of medical terminology and procedures to communicate with both patients and insurance companies.
Medical billers and health claims examiners can work in a variety of settings, including:
Courses in the school's program are offered in a blended format—as a convenient, flexible combination of online and on-campus classes. The American Career College Medical Billing and Coding class curriculum is divided into standalone learning units called class modules, which include:
Introduction to Computer and Health Care Systems – In these courses, you will gain an overview of electronic health records, data exchange and the commonly available software tools used in today's health care systems. Ultimately, you will be able to describe the financing, organization, regulatory and delivery systems of different healthcare services.
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology – Coursework for this class module examines the systems of the body with an emphasis placed on the disease process affecting the human body. You will build your knowledge of common medical terms related to major disease processes, diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, abbreviations, drugs and treatment of modalities.
Billing and Coding – Coding and Diagnosis – This course includes an introduction to Systemized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED), students will be asked to conduct a brief overview of its role in the health care delivery system as the basis for an electronic health record. You will also examine case studies and the use of more complex coding assignments.
Pharmacotherapy and Introduction to Health Care management – These courses focuses on understanding the action of drugs, including the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs by the body. You will be introduced to the generic components of the use and structure of healthcare data and data sets. You will also become familiarized with components relative to primary and secondary record systems.
Billing and Coding – Reimbursement Procedures – In this course, you will study the use of coded data and health information in reimbursement and payment systems appropriate to all healthcare settings and managed care. Content includes contemporary prospective payment systems and key health plans, charge master maintenance and evaluation of fraudulent billing practices.
Billing and Coding – Identification and Procedures – In these courses, you will develop an understanding of coding and classification systems in order to assign valid diagnostic and/or procedures codes. By the end of this course, you should feel comfortable using hands-on labs as well as logic-based computerized encoding systems with coding reference software.
Introduction to Claims Examiner & Medical Software Applications – In these courses, you will gain an understanding of claims examiner and medical software applications. You'll also learn the importance of reviewing claims made against insurance companies as well as the difference between claims adjusters and claims examiners. Computer software tools will be utilized to deepen your understanding of public reporting, storage and retrieval, as well as identification of issues pertaining to various types of encoder software.
Medical Billing and Coding Externship – Working under the direct supervision of qualified personnel at the externship site, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills presented throughout the training program and gain valuable real-life experience in the billing and coding field. You must complete this externship to graduate and earn your college diploma.
For a complete description of coursework in these modules, please refer to the ACC Catalog.
Students can earn their diploma to become a medical biller and health claims examiner in as little as 9 months.
Our admissions advisors and financial aid advisors are here to support you. They can help you figure out the medical billing and coding school cost and help you explore financial aid options.
To learn more about ACC’s Medical Billing and Coding program cost, access our tuition info.
Yes, financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
Yes! ACC's medical billing and coding program includes a 220-hour externship which gives students the opportunity to demonstrate and reinforce the knowledge and skills they acquired learning hands-on throughout the training program.
Our classes are modeled to prepare you for real-life situations, using the same language and software you'll come across in your first job. That way, you're prepared to jump in on your very first day.
"Since I don't like the sight of blood and my typing skills are excellent, I decided to train to become a medical biller. That decision changed my life. American Career College helped me get an externship and I was hired upon graduating!"
- Timothy R. '11
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