Medical Billing & Coding Community Education
The Community Education Department is pleased to continue the tradition established in 1998, to offer Medical Billing and Coding (MBC) education for new coders and now we’re expanding to meet the needs of those professionals preparing for the rollout of ICD-10 in fall 2015.
Knowledgeable medical billing and coding assistants are needed in virtually all aspects of the health care industry – wherever a physician’s patient orders are coded. This means you can choose employment opportunities in such settings as hospital medical records departments, physician offices, home infusion companies, pharmacies, clinics, nursing homes, insurance companies and more.
Entry-level Billing and Coding Course
This 10-week, entry-level MBC course is intended for individuals interested in a career in an outpatient clinic, specialty clinic or insurance setting utilizing CPT, ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM and HCPCS codes. This course does not specifically address coding for acute care hospitals.
As an offering of Community Education, there are no specific admissions requirements to participate in this program. However, there is significant content reading and a rapid pace during class sessions, which are held on campus in the evenings and include lecture, group discussion, homework and quizzes/exams to test your comprehension. In addition to tuition, this course requires participants to utilize three (3) textbooks which are available for purchase or rental from the Mercy College bookstore vendor.
Following successful completion of the course, students are equipped for the national exam of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Two New Courses for Professional Coders in Advance of the New ICD-10 Rollout
The Community Education Department will launch two new advanced courses for experienced coders preparing for the transition to ICD-10, just in time for the new federal mandate of October 1, 2015. With the transition, it is anticipated that Coders will begin to use more than 155,000 codes in ICD-10 (compared to 18,000 in ICD-9). This dramatic increase is due to the increasing need to understand anatomy, and the locations of most arteries, veins, bones, muscles, sinuses, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and lymphatic vessels.
As a result professional coders will have a choice of a two-week or three-week MBC Course for ICD-10. The additional time in the three-week course will include medical terminology and anatomy for ICD-10 coding. The two-week course will require the purchase of two textbooks, while the three-course will require the purchase of three books, one specific to medical terminology for ICD-10.
Length of Program
MBC Certificate courses are scheduled for evening classes twice-a-week.
Entry-level MBC Course Objectives
Advanced MBC Course Objectives
Expected Level of Income for Entry-level Coders
In Des Moines, Iowa, the pay rate for a medical billing/coding assistant is $12 to $13 per hour ($24,960 to $27,040 annually).
Entry-level MBC Course Offerings (10-week Course):
Course Fee: $950.00
Advanced MBC Course (2-week Course):
Course Fee: $500.00
Advanced MBC Course (3-week Course) including Medical Terminology:
Course Fee: $750.00