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Medical Billing Specialist

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Medical Billing Specialist

Health care offices everywhere rely on individuals who have received medical billing training to help keep their patient files as accurate and organized as possible. Take the first step toward becoming a valuable asset to any medical practice online, at your own pace, by beginning your Medical Billing Specialist education with Stratford Career Institute.

Students enrolled in Stratford's Medical Billing Specialist training course can become well versed in medical and procedural terminology, as well as learn more about complex insurance forms and advanced coding techniques. 

With the convenience to train at home, you could receive medical billing technician training in your spare time and earn your career diploma in as little as six months, or if you prefer, take up to two years.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for medical records and health information technicians is $44,090. The number of jobs is projected to increase by 8% through 2029 which is much faster than average.*

Medical Terminology
• Basic Word Structure
• Suffixes and Prefixes
• Organization of the Body
• Body Systems
• Diagnostic Tests and Procedures
• Common Abbreviations and Symbols

Career Role and Responsibilities; Introduction to Health Insurance
• The Role of the Insurance Billing Specialist
• Professional Ethics and Medical Etiquette
• Privacy, Security, and HIPAA
• Health Insurance History and Legal Principles
• The Blue Plans, Private Insurance, and Managed Care Plans
• Medicare
• Medicaid and Other State Programs
• TRICARE and Veterans’ Health Care
• Workers’ Compensation
• Disability Income Insurance and Benefit Programs
• Reporting and Claims Procedures

Documentation and Coding for Professional Services; Claims Submission in the Medical Office
• Medical Documentation and the Electronic Health Record
• General Principles, Terminology and Legibility
• International Classification of Diseases
• Diagnostic Coding and Guidelines for ICD-10-CM
• Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System
• Procedural Coding, CPT Content, and Format
• Types and Guidelines for Claims Submissions
• The Paper Claim CMS-1500
• Common Reasons for Delay or Rejection
• Electronic Claim Methods and Standards

The Claim Follow-Up and Payment Process; Healthcare Facility Billing; Employment
• Receiving Payments and Insurance Problem Solving
• Revenue Cycle Management
• Inquiries and Problem Claims
• Review and Appeal Process
• Claim Denial Management
• Collection Strategies
• Ambulatory Surgery Centers
• Payment Systems and Rates
• Hospital Outpatient and Inpatient Billing
• Employment Opportunities in Insurance Billing
• Professional Organizations

This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject. Completion of this program does not fulfill the legal requirements of particular state licenses or certifications, which may require additional training or apprenticeships.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021 Edition
Medical Billing Specialist Program

"This program has exposed me to important skills. The skills I have acquired can be utilized in assisting individuals in hospital settings or clinics and pharmacies."

Sylvester T.

"I would recommend Stratford to anyone who is interested in improving their work situation or who is just looking for career training."

Sharon D.

"I feel very confident with my skills after completing this program."

Roberto O.