Medical Billing and Coding
Medical coding is the process of assigning standardized codes to diagnoses, services and procedures performed or identified by physicians. Itís a profession in great demand in King County as well as nationally, and job prospects are expected to remain high throughout the decade.
Medical coders read through the medical reports created by medical transcriptionists, picking out key medical words and phrases that deal with diagnoses and procedures and then assigning the correct numerical codes. These standardized codes make it possible for healthcare providers to receive accurate and timely payments from insurance companies and government reimbursement programs such as Medicare.
This online program at Bellevue College prepares students for careers in this fast-growing field, and is designed to help them gain the knowledge and skills required to receive national certification. The focus is on medical terminology, coding standards and either outpatient or inpatient/outpatient specific code sets (depending on the program of study). A large portion of this course will be spent on gaining hands-on experience so students can more easily transition to the workplace after graduation. The programís online format provides students 24/7 access, is self-paced and designed to be completed in one year or less.
Click here for a demo of the Online Outpatient Medical Billing and Coding program. Use login: bellevuemcb. Password: demo
For additional information each quarter Bellevue College offers free informational sessions.