PPC Introduces Medical Billing Diploma - Pioneer Pacific College

PPC Introduces Medical Billing Diploma

7 March 2017 By Vanessa

Are you interested in undertaking education in a healthcare profession that’s an integral part of every medical office? You might consider training as a medical biller.

Medical billers interpret a standardized code used in the healthcare industry to ensure the amount charged and the amount reimbursed by insurance providers is correct. It requires extensive knowledge of medical code, services, and finances.

Medical Billing vs Coding

Medical billing and coding are often seen paired, but it’s important to recognize that they are not the same. Each one has unique duties and expectations. Medical coders act first to translate the healthcare services provided, into a set of numeric digits for which an insurance provider receives, assesses, and processes payment. Medical billers follow up on payment to ensure it aligns with the code and expectation.

What to Expect

Like a medical coder, you will work directly with and require understanding of a series of over 68,000 medical codes from IDC-10, PCT, and HCPCS. But instead of assigning codes, your primary focus will be obtaining reimbursement according to those codes. Think of it as the medical language by which you communicate a bill.

Because of this, medical billers are often financially savvy, extremely organized, detailed in their reports, and great at catching any potential mistakes.

The Medical Billing Degree at PPC

Pioneer Pacific College is proud to announce medical billing as a new educational opportunity! The degree will consist of a few medical classes such as anatomy and medical pharmacology. It will also require credits in medical coding, computer basics, and medical office management.

You’ll learn through study and practice how to read coding, fill out reimbursement forms, process payments, and record payment information. Your PPC professors will work directly with you to ensure your understanding and confidence to handle the job in the world beyond the classroom.

Medical billers have the opportunity of learning the medical coding process more thoroughly and taking on the job responsibilities of both sides. Or, medical billers may also choose to work up towards a management position. Either way, medical billing can be a lifelong career choice.

For more information on PPC’s Medical Billing degree or other healthcare programs, call us today at (866) 772-4636.

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