Does this course prepare for a certification?
Yes, you will be prepared for the Certified Professional Biller (CPB) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). You will also have access to study materials to help you prepare for the exams.
What is medical billing?
Medical billing is the process of submitting health insurance claims on behalf of a patient to various health insurance payers to acquire payment for services provided by a medical facility.
What is the occupational outlook for medical billers?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs in medical billing will grow much faster than average—eight percent over the next 10 years. This increase is double the average job growth rate in the United States. Our population is aging, which means that more medical care will be needed in the coming years. Additionally, increasing reliance on Electronic Health Records (EHRs) will drive growth in this field, with an additional 30,000 professionals eventually being needed to fill jobs in this industry.
How much do medical billers make?
Based on current job postings, the median salary for a medical biller ranges from $34,632 according to Indeed.com to $37,440 according to ZipRecruiter. The American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) reports in its 2019 Salary Survey that "medical billers with a CPB™ certification average $55,078 in annual salary." Your salary will depend on the type and size of healthcare facility you work for, years of experience in the field, credentials, certifications you obtain, and where in the country you choose to live and work.
Why is medical billing training and certification important?
Medical billers follow strict processes to ensure that payment requests are submitted the correct way to receive payment promptly. Without the knowledge of these processes, healthcare provider reimbursement may be compromised.
Medical billing training and certification are important because they not only help you gain the knowledge you need for success in the profession, but they also provide ways for you to prove to employers that you have the skills needed to perform the job. Industry certifications can help your resume stand out from other job applicants and could make the difference in you getting an interview and ultimately a job. According to the AAPC, Certified Professional Biller (CPB™) certification "demonstrates a professional's working knowledge to support cleaner claim submission, faster reimbursement, fewer denials, and better run practices and facilities."
What is the difference between medical billing and medical coding?
Medical billing and coding are separate processes, but both are important regarding receiving payment for healthcare services. Medical billers are mainly responsible for submitting patient records to government agencies and insurance companies for services that have been provided in the care of the patient. Medical coders gather information on patient records and assign the proper codes for patient diagnosis, which are then used by medical billers to submit claim forms.
Why get trained with us?
This course provides a comprehensive approach to career training and certification preparation. We offer scenario-based learning with frequent interactivities and safe-to-fail exercises to help you practice the skills you obtain. Our course provides hands-on practice with claims and coding with work assignments that help learners apply concepts presented in this course. The CPB™ certification exam and prep assets are included within the cost of tuition.
Does this program prepare me for a certification?
Yes, this program prepares you for the Certified Professional Billing (CPB™) exam offered by the American Association of Professional Coders. Complete this course 100% online at your own pace and utilize the certification prep assets, which will get you ready to sit for and successfully pass your CPB™ exam. You will receive a voucher for the exam after successfully completing the program and your financial obligation.
What is a certified medical biller?
A practicing or aspiring medical biller can prepare for and take a national certification exam, such as the Certified Professional Biller (CPB™) offered by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) and included in this course. Successfully passing this exam will provide you with the CPB™ designation.
What is the American Association of Professional Coders?
The American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) is an organization founded in 1988 to provide education and certification for professional medical billers and coders. It also exists to heighten the standards of the industry through training, certification, networking, and job opportunities. The AAPC has over 200,000 members globally and offers 28 different certifications related to the business side of healthcare.
How long does it take to become a medical biller?
You will have up to 12 months to complete this online, self-paced course, but depending on your time commitment and study schedule, you may be able to complete the course much sooner. Upon successful completion of this course, we encourage you to take advantage of the included certification prep materials and then register to take the CPB™ exam.
How much does medical billing certification cost?
The cost of the CPB™ certification exam will be included in the cost of enrollment. You will receive a voucher at the end of your course that you can use to sit for the exam when you're ready. There is no additional cost.
What is a certified electronic health records specialist (CEHRS)?
A certified electronic health records specialist (CEHRS) is someone who has demonstrated that they have the knowledge and skills to perform the important job of ensuring that patient data is secure, complete, and accurate. To achieve the nationally-recognized CEHRS designation you must prepare for and pass the CEHRS exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association.
Where do you work as an electronic health records specialist?
Electronic health records specialists work in a variety of healthcare facilities including physicians' offices, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, surgery centers, and government facilities. You may even be able to work from home in this career!
Are electronic health records specialist in high demand?
Yes! Electronic Health Records Specialists are in high demand, and jobs are expected to increase by 8 percent through 2029 which is considered faster than average by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An aging population is expected to be the biggest contributor to this job growth.
What is a day in the life of an electronic health records specialist like?
A day in the life of an electronic health records specialist is one of multi-tasking. You will be responsible for auditing patient records, submitting reimbursement claims, processing requests for medical information, reviewing records, collecting insurance and demographic information from patients, and discussing patients with physicians and insurance professionals. There is a high need for specialists who are trustworthy and able to keep the information confidential.
How much do electronic health records specialists make?
The median salary for electronic health records specialists is just over $44,090 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those working in physicians' offices have an average salary of around $35,500, while those working in hospitals earn over $44,000 on average.
What type of test is the CEHRS certification exam?
The CEHRS certification exam is a multiple-choice test that consists of 110 questions. The exam must be taken at a PSI testing center, and you will be given 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete it.
When can I start the course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive (12) months to complete the course.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. You will also be eligible to sit for the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) exam through National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and the Certified Professional Biller (CPB) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). You will also receive certification exam vouchers and applicable study materials.
Am I guaranteed a job?
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling. You may also receive assistance from our Externship Coordinator and access to an Externship Starter Kit included in your course.
Can I get financial assistance?
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
How can I get more information about this course?
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