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Medical Records & Health Information Technicians

Medical Records & Health Information Technicians Course

Gain Accelerated, Comprehensive Training in Medical Billing & Coding

You can become a vital part of a health care team as a medical biller and coder. Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 15 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Every insurance company requires an itemized list of procedures, medicines and other materials before they pay a claim. Every procedure has a unique code. That’s why medical billing and coding are in such high demand and why you can enjoy a great career in the health care industry.

Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data to ensure quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security.

  • Course Series Requirements

    For entry-level job preparation and certification eligibility, please see the below requirements.

    • Strong computer technology skills (keyboarding up to 40 wpm or better and Microsoft Office Applications), and a strong foundation in medical terminology is required to succeed in the Medical Insurance Billing A-Z class and for employment. These skills plus Anatomy and Pathophysiology are also required to succeed in the coding courses. 
    • Internet access is also required. If you need to brush up on your computer skills, see our computer courses.
    • The curriculum design of courses in sequence provide comprehensive theoretical and practical instruction to train you in all aspects of medical billing and claims processing as well as skills to research and assign diagnostic and procedural codes to medical records. Each course must be taken in order so that you can have the skills needed for the next course in the sequence.
  • Sequence of Classroom-Based Courses

    All courses are led by instructors with relevant industry experience. They are offered in sequence during fall, winter, and spring except for Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Medical Billers/Coders and Medical Insurance Billing A-Z Plus, which are offered to be taken simultaneously.

    Classroom-based courses to be taken in order include:

    1. Medical Terminology (55 hours, fall only) Aug 24–Sep 23, held on Mon, Wed, and Saturday; prerequisite to Anatomy and
      Pathophysiology for Medical Billers/Coders, Medical Insurance Billing A-Z Plus, and Coding Courses.
    2. Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Medical Billers/Coders (83 hours, fall only)held on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
    3. Medical Insurance Billing A-Z Plus (100 hours) held on Mar 10-Jun 9, Tue, Thu, and two Saturdays. NOTE: After successful completion of this class, you will be prepared to seek employment as a medical biller while taking the coding courses.
    4. Coding courses include up to five separate courses offered in sequence beginning in January–June 2020.
      • Introduction to ICD-10-CM Medical Coding (63 hours), held on Jan 6-Feb 3, Mon, Wed and three Saturdays.
      • Advanced Facility Medical Coding (83 hours), held on Feb 5-Mar 9, Mon, Wed and three Saturdays.
      • Introduction to CPT & HCPCS Medical Coding (63 hours), held on Mar 11-Apr 20, Mon, Wed and three Saturdays.
      • Advanced Physician Medical Coding (83 hours), held on Apr 22-May 30, Mon, Wed and three Saturdays.
      • Advanced Facility/Outpatient Medical Coding (83 hours), held Jun 1-Jun 29, Mon, Wed and four Saturdays.

    Cost of courses will include access to current coding and billing resources and access to the online Medicare Learning Network® for Medicare & Medicaid Services guided by instructors.

    The above series of classroom-based courses, led by instructors with relevant industry experience, will include approximately 613 hours of instruction (approximately 10 months) to prepare you to be successful in the industry as well as the national certification exams given by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

  • Course Costs

    Cost of courses will include access to current coding and billing resources and access to the online Medicare Learning Network® for Medicare & Medicaid Services guided by instructors. To view individual course costs and to see full descriptions for the courses listed, see the “Courses for the Current Term” section below. For more information about courses offered in other terms, email conedhealthcare@howardcc.edu.

  • Certification

    Successful students who complete the Medical Insurance Billing A-Z Plus course are eligible for stackable credentials by:

    • Taking the national medical billing certification exam given AAPC to earn the credential, Certified Professional Biller (CPB), The National Medical Administrative Assistant Certification exam, and the Electronic Health Records Certification exam given by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

    Successful students who complete all courses are eligible for:

    • Taking the national coding certification exam given by AAPC to earn the credential, Certified Professional Coder (CPC).
    • Employment almost anywhere in the medical field, from physician offices to government agencies (Completing the Medical Terminology and Medical Insurance Billing A-Z plus helps students enter the job market immediately).
  • Online Program Information

    You can also train at home! If you are interested in preparing for a health information technician job (Transcription, Medical Coding and Billing, Medical Administrative Assistant) and certification eligibility, this self-paced program offered in partnership with Career Step, one of the nation’s leading providers of online training, allows you to learn according to your schedule.

    Free Information Session

    Register for this session for an in-depth overview of each program and to get all your questions answered. At this information session you will receive customized registration documents and instructions and learn about receiving a free laptop, iPad or Kindle with electronic text upon enrollment in a program. This session is free, but you must register to reserve a seat. 

    Wed 6:30pm-8:45pm, Mar 4
    XE-423 7326 #7811  Gateway Campus

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    Upcoming winter and spring start dates for each of the following programs include:
    Mar 16 or 30; Apr 14 or 24; May 11 or 26, Jun 8 or 22. Select the start date that works best for you. Refund policy does not apply to these courses.

    Payment Plans
    Payment plans are now available through our partnership with Career Step.  Find out more about our payment plans and how to register at the above free information session. 

    Medical Transcription Editor
    Successful completion of this program can give you the potential to make up to $40,000 per year. The 640-hour curriculum is approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI, formerly the American Association of Medical Transcription or AAMT). Enrollment includes 12 months of online access, foot pedal, ebooks, an AHDI membership, and a voucher to take the RHDS national certification exam. $3,319 (includes $3,099 in fees*).

    Professional Medical Coding & Billing 
    This 390-445 hours Professional Medical Coding and Billing program prepares individuals for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Professional Coder (CPC), and Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) certifications. Topics covered include reimbursement methodologies, biomedical sciences, and current code sets. Enrollment includes 12 months of online access, codebooks, and a voucher for one of the certification exams. $3,819 (includes $3,589 in fees*).

    Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR
    Approved by the National Healthcareer Association, the Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR program prepares students for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) credentials. This interactive curriculum also includes over 20 hours of training on the government-certified ezEMRx EHR software. Enrollment includes six months of online access, ebooks, and vouchers for the CMAA and CHERS exams. $3,319 (includes $3,099 in fees*).

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    Pharmacy Technician (ASHP/ACPE)
    This 600-hour Pharmacy Technician (ASHP/ACPE) program prepares individuals for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam and is accredited by ASHP/ ACPE American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Enrollment includes 12 months of online access, 400 hours of training and 200 hours in an externship, ebooks, a laboratory kit, and a voucher to take the national PTCB certification exam. In addition, Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy have partnered with Career Step to provide the required externship to complete the program. $3,119 (includes $2,909 in fees*).

    Physical Therapy Aide
    This 275-hour online program is designed to prepare individuals to pass the Certified Physical Therapy Aide Specialist (CPTAS) exam after training is complete. Physical Therapy Aides play a key role in the healthcare industry in keeping a physical therapy facility running smoothly. They work under the direction and supervisor of a physical therapist. Topics include: Documentation and reimbursement, anatomy and pathophysiology, patient preparation, and treating physical dysfunctions. Enrollment includes four to 12 months of online access and a voucher to take the CPTAS exam. $2,999 (includes $2,789 in fees*)

     

    Career Step programs are designed to be completed in four to six months or less of full-time study. However, the online training format allows for a self-pace schedule so each program includes six to 12 months of online access for your convenience.

    Reminder:

    Free Information Session

    Register for this session for an in-depth overview of each program and to get all your questions answered. At this information session you will receive customized registration documents and instructions and learn about receiving a free laptop, iPad or Kindle with electronic text upon enrollment in a program. This session is free, but you must register to reserve a seat. 

    Wed 6:30pm-8:45pm, Mar 4
    XE-423 7326 #7811  Gateway Campus

    Register


Enroll in Classroom-Based Courses for the Current Term
Advanced Facility Medical Coding

This course provides inpatient procedure coding knowledge, and advanced diagnoses coding for entry-level medical billing and coding students.

The focus is on the most common complex coding issues in facilities, including complications and comorbidities. In addition, an introduction to the International Classification of Disease, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) for inpatient facilities is covered. Prerequisite: Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Pathophysiology for Medical Insurance Billers/Coders and Introduction to ICD-10-CM Medical Coding.

Purchase manual and handbook (same manual and handbook from Introduction to ICD-10-CM Medical Coding class) from the HCC Bookstore prior to first class. Other resources provided in class or online are included in cost of the course. Standard refund policy does not apply. Refunds issued only until the day before the class starts.

No refunds on or after the class start date. (T)

8.3 CEUs.  This class has an additional 27 hours of online assignments.

Tuition: $699 (includes $525 in fees*)
Mon, Wed (See Saturday dates and times below) Feb 05-Mar 09 6PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus XH-186 7292 #6515
This class also meets Saturday 8:30am-5pm, Feb 8, Feb 22 & Mar 7.
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Advanced Facility/Outpatient Medical Coding

This course trains you in hospital-based outpatient specialty areas and includes the reimbursement methodology of the Revenue Centers, Medicare Ambulatory Patient Classification, coupled with the coding assignment of the ICD-10-CM and the CPT/HCPCS for the outpatient. Like physician-based coding, outpatient coding also focuses on the physician’s documentation, with further emphasis on the technical components related to coding for the use of the specialty areas. Clinic coding for the outpatient, with its associated revenue, and much more will be taught in-depth. You will gain a full understanding of working and coding for the outpatient hospital.

Prerequisite: Advanced Physicians Medical Coding. Purchase required manual, HCPCS 2020 Level II Professional Edition from the HCC Bookstore prior to first class. Other resources provided in class or online are included in cost of the course.

Standard refund policy does not apply. Refunds issued only until the day before the class start date. (T)

8.3 CEUs. This course has an additional 23.5 hours of online assignments.

Tuition: $699 (includes $525 in fees*)
Mon,Wed (See Sat dates and times below) Jun 01-Jun 29 6PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus XH 224 7295 #6529
This course also meets Saturday, 8:30am-5pm, Jun 6, 13, 20, & 27.
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Advanced Physician Medical Coding

Learn advanced-level physician-based coding. This course integrates ICD-10-CM coding system and the CPT/HCPCS for the medical office. Emphasis is placed on coding physician-based documentation from the place of service and specialty in areas of Evaluation and Management for all practices and specialty areas. Other key areas of concentration include the modifier requirement and coding appeal solution for the physician based. The methodology in coding for reimbursement is also included. Prerequisites: Introduction to CPT & HCPCS Medical Coding. Standard refund policy does not apply. 

Refunds issued only until the day before the class starts. No refunds on or after the class start date. Purchase required Coders’ Desk Reference for Procedures—2020 Manual from HCC Bookstore prior to first class. Other resources provided in class or online are included in cost of course. (T)

8.3 CEUs. This course has an additional 27 hours of online assignments.

Tuition: $699 (includes $525 in fees*)
Mon, Wed (See Saturday dates and times below) Apr 22-May 30 6PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus XH-220 7294 #6523
This course also meets Saturday, 8:30am-5pm, May 2, 16 & 30
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Introduction to CPT & HCPCS Medical Coding

Learn the basics of coding medical procedures using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the Medicare HCPCS II. Instruction will cover an introduction to the procedure coding conventions and format, CPT guidelines, evaluation and management coding (E&M), and anesthesia coding. In addition, you will learn to assign the correct modifier requirements for optimal reimbursement. The basics of reading medical records will also be introduced.

Prerequisite: Advanced Facility Medical Coding. Purchase required CPT 2020, Professional Edition and Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2020 Edition (text and workbook), from HCC Bookstore prior to first class. Other resources provided in class or online are included in cost of the course. Standard refund policy does not apply. Refunds issued only until the day before the class starts. No refunds on or after the class start date. (T)

6.3 CEUs. This course has an additional 27 hours of online assignments.

Tuition: $685 (includes $470 in fees*)
Mon, Wed (See Saturday dates and times below.) Mar 11-Apr 20 6PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus XH-219 7293 #6521
This course also meets Saturday, 8:30am-5pm, Mar 14 & 28 and Apr 18. (No class Apr 5–11)
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Introduction to ICD-10-CM Medical Coding

This course is designed to provide basic coding knowledge for entry-level medical billing and coding students. Instruction will cover basic orientation to the coding conventions, principles and practices of the International Classification of Disease, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD- 10-CM) coding classification system and the concept of reimbursement.

Prerequisites: Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Pathophysiology for Medical Insurance Billers/Coders. Purchase required manual and handbook: ICD-10- CM Complete Code Set 2020 Manual and ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook, 2020 ed. from the HCC Bookstore prior to first class.

Other resources provided in class or online are included in cost of the course. Standard refund policy does not apply. Refunds issued only until the day before the class starts. No refunds on or after the class start date. (T)

6.3 CEUs. This class has an additional 14 hours of online assignments.

Tuition: $685 (includes $470 in fees*)
Mon, Wed (See Saturday dates and times below) Jan 06-Feb 03 6PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus XH-148 7291 #6513
This class also meets Saturday 8:30am-5pm Jan 11, Jan 25 & Feb 1 (No class Jan 20)
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Medical Insurance Billing A-Z Plus

This hands-on course covers valuable skills to compete in the current job market and has been expanded to ensure increased hands-on practice is covered to meet eligibility requirements for multiple credentials. Learn all aspects of medical billing and claims processing from A-Z Plus including HIPAA Compliance along with a basic introduction to diagnostic and procedural coding. You will gain real-world experience with simulated practice as you manually and electronically prepare insurance claims. No previous medical experience necessary. If you successfully complete this course, you will be eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam, the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) exam, and the AAPC Certified Professional Biller (CPB) exam (cost of exams not included in course tuition).

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology; strong computer and keyboarding skills and internet access; Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Medical Billers/Coders and strong computer (Windows, Word-processing, Excel) and keyboarding skills and Internet access. To brush up on your computer skills, see our computer courses.

Standard refund policy does not apply. Refunds issued only until the day before the class starts. No refunds on or after the class start date. Purchase textbook and coding manuals from HCC Bookstore prior to first class. (T) 10.0 CEUs.

Tuition: $895 (includes $770 in fees*)
Tue, Thu (See Sat dates and times below) Mar 10-Jun 09 6PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus XH-198 7325 #7203
(No class Apr 7 & 9) This course also meets Saturday 9am-4pm, Mar 21 & Apr 4
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Short Introductory Online Courses

Not sure if a career in medical billing/coding is right for you? You may enroll in these short online Ed2Go courses to explore if this is the right career for you.

Administrative Medical Assistant

*This introductory course does not fulfill prerequisites for certification. Take this course if you’re interested in exploring a career as an Administrative Medical Assistant but are not sure if it’s the right career for you.*

Explore a career as an administrative medical assistant. Topics include scheduling patients, billing, and insurance claims.

After you register, please create an online account at ed2go.com/howardcc.  This is where you will access the course. For more information, please call 443-518-4680.

Tuition: $140 (includes $95 in fees*)
Nov 13-Dec 20   Online XO-480 4034 #5034
Dec 11-Jan 17   Online XO-480 4035 #5035
Jan 15-Feb 21   Online XO-480 4240 #7085
Feb 12-Mar 20   Online XO-480 4241 #7086
Mar 18-Apr 24   Online XO-480 4242 #7087
Apr 15-May 22   Online XO-480 4243 #7088
May 13-Jun 19   Online XO-480 4244 #7089
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Medical Coding

*This introductory course does not fulfill prerequisites for certification. Take the below course if you're interested in exploring Medical Coding but are not sure if medical billing/coding is the right career for you.*

You will learn to use the CPT manual and the ICD-9-CM to find medical codes for diseases, treatments, and surgical procedures. 

After you register, please create an online account at ed2go.com/howardcc. This is where you will access the course. For more information, please call 443-518-4680.

Tuition: $140 (includes $95 in fees*)
Nov 13-Dec 20   Online XO-419 4022 #5022
Dec 11-Jan 17   Online XO-419 4023 #5023
Jan 15-Feb 21   Online XO-419 4225 #7066
Feb 12-Mar 20   Online XO-419 4226 #7067
Mar 18-Apr 24   Online XO-419 4227 #7068
Apr 15-May 22   Online XO-419 4228 #7070
May 13-Jun 19   Online XO-419 4229 #7071
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Medical Terminology

*This introductory course does not fulfill prerequisites for certification. Take this course if you’re interested in exploring Medical Billing/Coding but are not sure if it’s the right career for you.*

Explore a career in health care by learning key medical terminology. Topics include root terms, word associations, and word combinations. 

After you register, please create an online account at ed2go.com/howardcc. This is where you will access the course. For more information, please call 443-518-4680.

Tuition: $140 (includes $95 in fees*)
Nov 13-Dec 20   Online XO-419 4022 #5022
Dec 11-Jan 17   Online XO-419 4023 #5023
Jan 15-Feb 21   Online XO-190 4235 #7080
Feb 12-Mar 20   Online XO-190 4236 #7081
Mar 18-Apr 24   Online XO-190 4237 #7082
Apr 15-May 22   Online XO-190 4238 #7083
May 13-Jun 19   Online XO-190 4239 #7084
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