Find out if medical billing and coding is the right career for you!
Are you looking for a career path that offers independence in a field that helps others? A medical billing and coding profession is a popular career path that could give you the satisfaction of assisting others in the healthcare field.
At the Harris Casel Institute, we know that choosing a new career path can be a daunting task! There is so much information and research that need to be done before choosing the right field.
We offer a short guide to the frequently asked questions about the medical billing and coding program, so you can easily gain an overview on what to expect and how to apply to the program.
Q #1: What do medical billing and coding specialists do?
A: Medical billing and coding specialists, also called health claims specialists, are the healthcare professionals who process, maintain, and submit health insurance claims. They provide the procedure and diagnosis codes on claim forms, which are necessary in order for health providers to be reimbursed for their services. Throughout the day, they will maintain databases, speak with healthcare professionals to clarify information, and analyze data. Their role is essential to accurately process and handle billing invoices and information so health providers are reimbursed in a timely manner. They also need to make sure patients are not overbilled for any health services. These professionals work behind-the-scenes to help the healthcare industry run more smoothly.
Q #2: What will I learn in Harris Casel’s medical billing and coding program?
A: In Harris Casel’s medical billing and coding training program you can learn the fundamentals of ICD-10 diagnostic coding, healthcare computer systems, and health information services. Proper billing and coding procedures, reimbursement of patient services, and professional communications are also covered. Students will also learn the ethical and legal responsibilities of the job. An overview of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and entering medical data are featured. Our program is designed to offer a mixture of lectures and hands-on experience for students.
Q #3: How long does it take to complete the program?
A: The program takes about 42 weeks or about a year to complete. This is relatively short for a career training program, since we know our students want to get into their career fields quickly! The program is usually offered at least twice per calendar year, so once you apply, you will not have to wait a long time for classes to begin.
Q #4: When are the classes?
A: The medical billing and coding program takes place Mondays through Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. An externship is also required to complete the program. Most externships run 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Q #5: How do I apply to the medical billing and coding program at Harris Casel?
A: You can apply to our program by filling out an online application. Don’t forget, our admissions department can help assist you in completing an application and preparing you to enroll in courses. They will help you gather all the information you need to have to apply. You may also complete an application in person. Harris Casel requires that students who want to enter this training program hold a high school diploma or a GED.
Q #6: Will I find a job?
A: Harris Casel wants students to succeed in their careers. In fact, our success rate as an institution depends on your success. We offer students career guidance so they can improve their chances of finding a job. Our advisors assist students in resume and cover letter development, interview practice, and networking tips. We can also provide referrals and general help with your job search. If you become a student, take advantage of our services so we can help you find the career you want!
Q #7: Where is the Harris Casel Institute located?
A: The medical billing and coding program is located at Harris Casel’s Melbourne, Florida campus. Melbourne is located right on the Atlantic Ocean coastline, about an hour southeast of Orlando. We also offer five other healthcare training programs at our campus. If you want more information on our training programs, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!