A medical billing and coding program trains students on coding systems, coding rules and principles, government regulations, and third-party requirements to ensure that medical professionals and facilities are properly paid. It should combine concentration courses in business with general education or core curriculum courses that also give students an introduction about how medical offices operate and the skills and professionalism expected of employees who work in medical settings.
Students who complete the Associate of Science degree program in Health Information Management offered by Anthem College Online gain a competitive edge for entry-level positions. The coursework prepares them to assume billing and coding responsibilities and prepares them to work in medical settings.
The program includes concentration courses in medical insurance and billing, principles of medical coding, and reimbursement methods and procedures. Other courses cover medical terminology and anatomy, including human body system, support, and movement. Students are trained to work with technologies used in the field, appropriate professional practices, insurance management, and legal issues, including standards required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Other courses address aspects of medical office practices such as healthcare compliance and administrative skills for healthcare professionals.
Core courses include subjects such as computer applications, ethical aspects of healthcare, communications and career success that complement the overall program.
Students are not required to complete an externship in order to graduate from the Anthem College Online program, but they are encouraged to seek one out to gain real-world experience in the field.
More information on the Health Information Management program is available on our Web site.