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Medical Billing and Coding

Medical Billing and Coding Program

Train to be part of the business side of healthcare as a Medical Biller or Coder!

9
months Quick start your career
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locationsLos Angeles, Ontario, and Orange County
2
DAYS A WEEKIn-class, the rest online
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Be ready to effectively handle the business side of healthcare.

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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Learn to:

Proficient in Industry Software and Forms

Proficient in Industry Software and Forms

Track patient health by learning to use the Sphygmomanometer to monitor blood pressure.

Revenue Management Cycle

Revenue Management Cycle

Understand claim processing cycle and identify a rejected or denied claim form.

Understand Medical Terminology

Understand Medical Terminology

Including pathophysiology and pharmacology relating to those body systems.

From lectures to real-world experience, our ACC programs are designed with your career in mind.

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From lectures to labs, our ACC curriculum is designed with you in mind.
A Day in the Life of a Medical Biller and Coder

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.

  • Here are some things you may do:
  • Work with insurance companies
  • Assign codes to each diagnosis and procedure
  • Determine and discuss billing and reimbursement options with patients
  • Keep records on patients' health
What Will I Be Trained to Do as a Medical Biller and Coder?

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:

  • Code a patient’s medical information for reimbursement purposes
  • Assign diagnosis and procedure codes
  • Perform secretarial duties using knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures 1, 2

1California Employment Development Department Occupation Profile, Medical Secretaries

2California Employment Development Department OCC Guide, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Am I a Good Fit for the Medical Billing and Coding Program?

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.

Where Can I Work Once I Obtain My Diploma in Medical Billing & Coding?

Medical billers and health claims examiners can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Physicians’ offices
  • Dentists’ offices
  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Offices of other health practitioners1

1California Employment Development Department Occupation Profile, Medical Secretaries

What Will I Learn in the Medical Billing & Coding Program?

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.

How Long Will It Take to Get My Diploma in Medical Billing & Coding?

Students can earn their diploma to become a medical biller and health claims examiner in as little as 9 months.

How Much is Tuition for the Medical Billing & Coding Program?

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.

Is Financial Aid Available for the Medical Billing & Coding Program?

Yes, financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Will I Get Real-World Training?

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.

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After over 200 hours of your externship, you'll be ready to jump-start your new career.

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.

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"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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