Medical Billing and Coding Diploma
If you are detail-oriented and comfortable with computers, earning a Medical Billing and Coding Diploma from Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) can be the first step to a career in the expanding healthcare sector.
Demand for medical billing and coding specialists has risen as electronic billing systems have become an industry standard. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)* projects 20% employment growth for medical records and health information technicians (including medical billers and coders) between 2008 and 2018.
Pursuing medical billing and coding training can prepare you to enter the allied health field with fundamental medical records management and insurance processing skills.
Medical Billing and Coding Specialists Play a Key Role in the Healthcare Field
Medical billing and coding professionals help healthcare providers run their practices more efficiently by assisting patients with insurance forms and managing financial records with specialized software programs. As more healthcare organizations transition to electronic records and billing systems, there will be ongoing opportunities for trained medical billers and coders to enter this growing allied health field.
UMA's training in medical billing and coding covers the core competencies recommended for a career in this field. It can help you develop the skills and knowledge to:
- Process medical records and healthcare claims
- Ensure forms contain the information required for timely reimbursement
- Understand the proper terminology to accurately code medical and surgical procedures
- Use industry-relevant software programs.
Train for a Medical Billing and Coding Career in Less than a Year
With 39 semester credits, UMA's Medical Billing and Coding Diploma program can be completed in as few as 10 months. Whether you choose to attend UMA's Medical Billing and Coding courses online or on-campus in Tampa, Florida, you’ll follow the same industry-relevant curriculum and learn from instructors who are dedicated to helping you advance within the growing healthcare field.
Once you’ve finished the on-campus or online healthcare program, you’ll be prepared to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). As you get ready to enter the job market, UMA Career Services personnel will help you identify and apply for employment opportunities that will help you achieve your career goals.
Employment Options for Professionals With a Medical Billing and Coding Diploma
UMA's Medical Billing and Coding diploma program prepares students to work in a variety of healthcare and medical settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, physicians' offices and dental practices.
Graduates of the program may apply for entry-level positions in the medical billing and coding field. Successful applicants may find employment in such roles as medical coder, medical billing specialist or insurance claims analyst. If you have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail and would enjoy working with computers in a healthcare environment, formal training can lead to a career in medical records and billing.
For more information about UMA's Medical Billing and Coding Diploma program, please contact us today.
* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition. “Medical Records and Health Information Technicians.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (including Billers and Coders) is expected to grow over 20% between 2008 and 2018.
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