Overview of Medical Billing and Coding Training
Before you enroll in a medical billing and coding training program, it doesn’t hurt to get a sense of what these programs offer as well as require. There are no set educational requirements for medical billing and coding professionals other than a high school diploma, but there are general expectations and areas that are usually covered in a decent program. Here are some of the basics that such a program should include.
Thorough and comprehensive coverage of coding systems and terminology -
Coding systems are the basic means by which information on health records is transferred, so it should be covered completely in any billing/coding type program. Codes like ICD-9-CM and CPT/ HCPCS are the basics, so they are the bare minimum. But other systems such as DSM-IV psychiatric codes and the International Classification of Procedures in Medicine (ICPM) should at least be touched on. If they are included in the curriculum that’s a good sign that it’s fairly comprehensive. In addition, pharmaceutical codes and anatomical terminology should be covered.