Medical Coding Certificate

This certificate program is designed to prepare students to work with physicians ‘medical coding and billing in a variety of health care settings, such as hospitals, medical clinics, insurance companies, urgent care clinics, doctors ‘offices, and other medical offices that submit physicians ‘insurance claims. This certificate will also prepare students for the AAPC coding certification exam. More than 79,000 healthcare professionals around the country hold AAPC certifications. These credentials represent the gold standard in medical coding, auditing and compliance and are nationally recognized by employers, medical societies and government organizations

 What Medical Coding Professionals Do

Medical coders assign alphanumeric codes to specific illnesses, injuries and medical procedures, under a system of medical coding that is used across the health care system, from doctors' offices and hospitals to insurance companies, federal agencies and international organizations. Hospitals and doctors use the codes for internal data collection and planning, while insurance companies and public agencies require the codes to reimburse healthcare providers

 Career Outlook:

There is an outstanding future for medical coding specialists because of the increased scrutiny over medical records by the government and insurance companies. In an effort to control costs, complete and accurate records are becoming a necessity in order for hospitals and clinics to receive money from Medicare and Medicaid. As technology changes the world of medical records keeping, there will be an increased need for coders with the most current knowledge of new technologies. As in most occupations, many openings will result from the need to replace employees who transfer to other companies, retire, or stop working for various other reasons

 For more information contact: 

Donna Swartz

Program Director/Instructor Medical Office Administration

(409) 944-1493

Office N-205

dswartz@gc.edu

Updated 1/7/2013 - Content Author dswartz