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Medical Coding & Insurance Diploma
The Medical Coding and Insurance Diploma degree at Minnesota State Community and Technical College teaches students the various procedures within the medical services billing area. Students will potentially learn the various billing processes such as patient account management, diagnosis and procedure coding, and insurance claim completion and processing. Students will educated on claims processes of many insurance programs and plans including Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, profit and non-profit third-party payers, and disability coverage. Those who complete this program should be eligible to take several of the national coding certification exams. Medical Coding uses nationally recognized coding systems in order to classify procedures and diagnosis related to treatment. These codes give information that insurance companies use to process claims, and many different types of insurance programs are used in a medical office.
Students will be taught the skills needed in the coding and insurance departments of facilities as well as in private practices and clinics. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and use the language of medicine, use technology for healthcare applications, interpret health records, and perform diagnosis and procedure coding. Students will also need to exhibit an ethical behavior within the healthcare setting. Other skills include performing bookkeeping and insurance procedures as well as diagnosis and procedure coding. The program consists of 50 credit hours. Courses include subjects on medical language, coding and billing applications, hospital billing, and outpatient coding. Students may be required to take developmental courses in reading, math, and writing in order to prepare them for education on a college level; whether these classes are required are determined by the student’s score on the Accuplacer assessment.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is a member of NC-SARA. This program may not be authorized for students residing in non-member states and territories.
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