Online Medical Billing Course

Medical billing is one of the fastest growing professions in allied health careers in the U.S.

Enroll in TU's online Medical Billing course before May 28, 2021 and receive a significant tuition discount on this course. NOTE: WIOA, GI Bill, and other tuition assistance programs are not eligible for this discount.

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Towson University’s online Medical Billing course gives you the skills needed to be competitive in the healthcare market place, including areas of diagnostic coding, procedural coding, Medicare, HIPAA and bill collection strategies. Upon completion of this course you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Medical Billing Specialist or Certified Professional Biller exams.

Clock Hours: 80 (Note: 80 clock hours accounts only for time spent in the online course, and does not include time spent outside the course or study time. Study time will vary widely per individual.)

Tuition: $2,499 includes all course materials, books, AAPC student membership, and cost of the certification exam.

Location: Online

This course is WIOA approved and is on the Maryland Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL).

This course is delivered by our education partners at AAPC.

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Medical Billing is listed as one of the fastest growing professions in allied health. The medical industry is experiencing a tremendous demand for individuals with knowledge of medical office operations, which includes diagnostic and procedural insurance forms processing.

This course introduces you to health insurance and reimbursement. In this course, you will become familiar with the health insurance industry, legal and regulatory issues, and differences in reimbursement methodologies. You will learn principles of medical billing related to proper claim form preparation, submission and payment processing, and the follow up process. This course is recommended for anyone who is preparing for a career in a medical billing department at a physician’s office, clinic, or similar positions. This course is strongly recommended for anyone who is preparing for AAPC’s CPB™ certification exam.

Course Objectives

  • Review an introduction to healthcare from a medical billing perspective.
  • List a variety of health insurance models and how they affect medical entities.
  • Understand the legal regulatory considerations involved in health care reimbursement and collections.
  • Explain the process of a physician-based insurance claim including obtaining patient data, claim form completion, insurance carrier processing and payment received.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the three major coding manuals, CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II, and apply medical necessity standards.
  • Explain the follow up process for A/R in a physician’s office, including the top denials by insurance carrier along with their appeals process.

Module 1. Basics of Insurance Billing and Compliance

  • Insurance Billing Specialist
  • Insurance Claims, Coding, & Billing Background
  • Medical Etiquette
  • Medical Ethics
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Fraud and Abuse Laws
  • Compliance Programs
  • Health Care Reform
  • Insurance Policies
  • Types of Coverage

Module 2. Medical Documentation and Coding

  • The Documentation Process
  • Documentation Guidelines
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Documentation Terminology
  • Diagnostic Coding
  • ICD-10 Diagnosis and Procedure Codes
  • Procedural Coding
  • Methods of Payment
  • Official Guidelines for ICD-10-CM
  • CPT Coding

Module 3. Paper and Electronic Claims

  • Paper Claim CMS-1500
  • Types of Submitted Claims
  • Health Insurance Claim Forms
  • Claim Completion Guidelines
  • Electronic Data Interchange
  • Transaction and Code Sets Regulations
  • Claim Management Techniques
  • Claim Inquiries
  • Filing an Appeal

Module 4. Fee & Insurance Collection

  • Claim Policy Guidelines
  • Explanation of Benefits
  • Medical Review
  • Management of Plans
  • Plan Administration
  • Financial Management
  • Cash Flow Cycle
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Credit and Collection Laws
  • The Collection Process

Module 5. Health Care Payers, Part 1

  • Private Insurance
  • Managed Care Systems
  • Medicare Reimbursement
  • Claim Submission
  • Medicaid Programs and Eligibility
  • Medicaid Benefits
  • Medicare Policies and Regulations
  • Medicare Managed Care Programs
  • Payment Fundamentals

Module 6. Health Care Payers, Part 2

  • TRICARE Programs
  • TRICARE Standards
  • CHAMPVA Programs
  • TRICARE & CHAMPVA Claims Procedures
  • Workers’ Compensation Laws
  • Workers’ Compensation Eligibility & Coverage
  • Workers’ Compensation Fraud & Abuse
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration Act (OSHA)
  • Disability Income Insurance
  • Disability Benefit Programs
  • Disability Claims
  • Federal & State Disability Programs

Module 7. Inpatient & Outpatient Billing

  • Hospital Billing
  • Patient Accounts Representative
  • Admissions Procedures
  • Utilization Review
  • Coding Hospital Diagnoses & Procedures
  • Coding Inpatient Procedures
  • Coding Outpatient Procedures
  • Reimbursement Process
  • Billing Problems
  • Hospital Billing Claim Form
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Searching for a Job
  • Self-Employment

Download Course Outline (PDF)

Upon successful completion of our Medical Billing course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position doing medical billing in a medical office setting and will be prepared to sit for the Med-Certification exam to become a Certified Medical Billing Specialist (CBS) or the AAPC certification exam to become a Certified Professional Biller (CPB).

It’s important you know anatomy and medical terminology to be successful. We recommend taking either of these courses from our partners at ed2go to be successful in this course.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor: 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended
  • Webcams are strongly recommended.

PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems: Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers: Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player

MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems: Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers: Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Amazon Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player

Other

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Susan Gochoco, CPC,CCVTC,CCP,CEMC,CPC-I provides up to six hours of coaching time for all of our online students.