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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS MEDICAL CODING?

Medical coding is the process of translating signs, symptoms, diagnoses, and procedures documented by a healthcare provider in the patient's record into alphanumeric codes in order to facilitate correct billing and classification.

Standard codes are used by healthcare organizations to refer to specific diseases and procedures. Diseases are coded using the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) which is maintained by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). ICD-10-CM is an adaptation of the full ICD-9 which is released annually by the World Health Organization.

Procedures are coded using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code sets. CPT is maintained by the American Medical Association, while HCPCS is maintained by the CMS.

WHY CHOOSE A MEDICAL CODING CAREER?

Here are more reasons why a medical coding career deserves serious consideration:

  • Medical Coding is a fast growing industry
    Jobs are plentiful. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that demand for medical billing and coding specialists will to rise by 11% from 2018 to 2028. This means a lot of new hiring for medical billing and coding specialists
  • Earn a Great Medical Coding Salary
    The average US medical coding annual salary is approximately $42,000 in 2019. This number can fluctuate, depending on the location, type of employer and the amount of experience you already have.
  • Remote Positions Are Increasingly Popular
    Since most of the work is done at a computer, some employers offer the option to work remotely for part (or all) of the week. So if you would like to skip commuting or spend more time at home with your kids – this option offers an enormous advantage.
  • You can pick the Locations
    In the medical coding profession, you’ll have the potential to work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, administrative support centers, and even medical laboratories. With such a wide variety of organizations requiring medical coding, you can look forward to plenty of options where you can work.
    In fact, you can find work in just about every town and city across the country.
  • Lots of Shift Flexibility
    Many institutions including hospitals operate 24/7, so there’s always a demand for a variety of schedules. If you’re not a 9-5 kind of person, you can probably switch to a 2nd or rotating shift instead.
  • There’s Plenty of Room for Upward Mobility
    Getting certified and working as a medical coder puts you right in the middle of the entire medical administration field. You can build your skill set and potentially move up the ladder to becoming a healthcare administrator one day.
HOW DOES ONE BECOME A CERTIFIED MEDICAL CODER?

After undergoing training, one needs to take the AAPC Certification exam. This certification exam is composed of a 150-item multiple-choice part. Candidates have to pass the exams in order to obtain the CPC® certification.

WHAT IS A CPC CERTIFICATION?

This certification is conferred by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and is the gold standard in coding for physician offices. CPC®s usually earn 20% higher than non-certified coders, and are more likely to be retained or promoted by healthcare employers.

WHAT IS AAPC?

It is American Academy of Professional coders, the largest governing body of coders in the world.

HOW MUCH DOES THE MEDICAL CODING TRAINING COST?

HCBI offers the best value in the market for a 100% Online Self-Paced CPC Training Program with Live Sessions - $599. It is designed to be completed in as little as 45 days but students are given access to the program for 6 months.

WHO CAN APPLY?

To enroll in HCBI’s online CPC training program, we recommend you have a college degree.



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