What will you learn?
- How to code patient visits with ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS Level II
- How to obtain pre-authorization and complete insurance forms
- How to troubleshoot unpaid claims to get proper reimbursement
- How to post payments and collect unpaid balances
What will you do?
- Accurately code diagnoses and procedures in physician offices and outpatient settings
- Obtain proper preauthorization for patient visits and procedures
- Prepare insurance forms and submit claims for payment
- Update patient accounts to reflect payment from insurance companies and patients
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In this One-Year Certificate Program, you will acquire essential skills that allow you to evaluate and interpret medical
reports to accurately code diagnoses, services and procedures that have been provided
to patients. Additionally, you will learn how to process patient billing from the
time the patient makes an appointment until the bill is paid in full. You may find
employment in a variety of settings including physician practices, hospitals, diagnostic
centers, insurance companies and medical billing companies.
Allegany College of Maryland is an educational partner with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Graduates of the Medical Administrative Assistant Medical Coding and Billing
Certificate will have the knowledge and competence required to take the AAPC Certified
Professional Coder (CPC) exam.
The Medical Coding and Billing program at ACM is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).
Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
- Students will apply technology, information literacy, problem-solving, and technical
skills to complete office tasks.
- Demonstrate effective professional communication skills.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the importance of life-long learning in their
- Students will perform their responsibilities while practicing professional and ethical
- Use effective written, verbal and nonverbal communication with patients and their
families, co-workers, other health care providers, and the public.
- Demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills while performing administrative
medical assisting tasks.
- Apply appropriate technology to document patient interactions as well as process patient
- Perform medical office skills and responsibilities while practicing professional and
- Practice administrative medical assisting with sensitivity and recognition of cultural
and socioeconomic differences.
- Explain the importance of life-long learning in the administrative medical assisting
field and locate opportunities for continuing education.
Meet the Faculty
Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty are excited to share their expertise with you
and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic field of Medical Coding and Billing.