Sep 19, 2018  
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Medical Billing


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Program Description


Medical Billers are responsible for making sure patients are billed correctly. This involves interaction with patients, government agencies and insurance companies. Medical billers need to know how to read a medical invoice, understand some medical coding language and have strong human relations skills. This is a good job for someone who wants to balance interaction with people and analyzing invoices and data.

Program Outcomes


Successful Completion

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate, and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be prepared to take the national certification exam to become a Billing/Coding Specialist.

Certifying Organization:

National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

www.nhanow.com

Exam cost: $115

External Credential: Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)

Financial Aid and Payment Options


Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Baltimore County College Promise
Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development
Students may apply for a career training scholarship through Central Scholarship (http://www.central-scholarship.org/)

Program Length


4-6 months

Billing courses start in February and August at CCBC Essex, May and November at CCBC Randallstown.

Program Requirements


High School Diploma or GED

All students must be computer literate and have Internet access.

Application Process


To apply, go to ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Recommended Program Course Sequenced


Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Costs

T=Tuition/F=Fees

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)**

Course Series:

AHL149

Medical Terminology for Administrative Healthcare Professionals

 

18

 

$159

T-$80/F$79

Handouts provided Online

AHE130

Comprehensive Medical Billing

75

    $849      

T-$224/F-$625

Medical insurance. A revenue cycle approach. 7-E.  ISBN:  978-0-07-784027-3.  $181.26

Course Series Totals:

93

$1008

$304-$704

$181.26

All courses must be finished for successful program completion

Additional Information


Course Substitutions:
Medical Terminology AHE 534 can be substituted with:  OFAD 141 or ALHL 115 or AHL 717

Additional Expenses:
NHA Study Guide & Practice Exam: $56
NHA Exam: $115

Skills for Success:
The duties of a Medical Biller require the ability to sit for long hours and focus on the task at hand. Their duties also require them to have:

  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Strong math skills
  • Strong human relations skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work well with moderate human interaction
  • Computer literacy
  • Problem solving skills

Career Opportunities:
Billers are employed at hospitals, doctor offices, billing agencies, clinics, temp agencies, insurance companies, accountant offices, legal firms, state agencies, and can be self-employed.

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Program Contact Information


Coordinator: Ruth Burke | rburke2@ccbcmd.edu | 410-679-3020 | Essex | HTEC | 013

Administrative Assistant: Claire Loebein | cloeblein@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-1389 | Essex | HTEC | 005

Technical Standards


Technical Standards for CCBC’s Medical Billing Training Series

The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County’s Medical Billing Series is to adequately prepare students for an entry-level position in a medical facility as a Medical Biller.  The duties of a Medical Biller require the ability to sit for long hours and focus on the task at hand.  Their duties also require them to have:

  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Strong math skills
  • Strong human relations skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work well with moderate human interaction
  • Computer literacy
  • Problem solving skills

Following is a partial listing of the types of skills typically required for adequate job performance:

Physical Requirements:

A. Sufficient strength and mobility to:

  • Lift or otherwise maneuver papers/folders up to 30 pounds
  • Stand or sit in one area for long periods of time
  • Work quickly to meet deadlines and/or production requirements

B. Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise tasks such as:

  • Perform basic keyboarding functions

C. Adequate vision to:

  • Read and understand displays on computers/laptops/tablets
  • Read and understand forms and communications from outside entities

D. Sufficient hearing to:

  • Hear and understand language in person and over the telephone, perhaps under noisy conditions

Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:

A. Have the ability to:

  • Work in a professional manner under sometimes extremely stressful situations
  • Pay close attention to detail and recordkeeping
  • Commitment to learning and understanding new technologies, regulations and laws
  • Commitment to following approved standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures
  • Interact in a professional manner with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds
  • Respect and protect patient rights and confidentiality without regard to personal beliefs and judgments
  • Maintain proper certifications required to perform the duties of the profession
  • Accurately utilize all resource material available to remain current in the profession, including attending departmental in-service training
  • Willingness to precept (train) others

B. Sufficient communication skills to:

  • Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  • Carry out all written and verbal instructions
  • Follow proper channels of communication
  • Communicate in a calm and professional manner
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to all team members

Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:

  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Exercise independent judgment to properly perform tasks at hand
  • Accurately utilize all resource material available to perform the task at hand
  • Work calmly and efficiently in a fast-paced, stressful environment
  • Maintain calm during emergency situations 
  • Accept feedback from others

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