UTM offers medical/billing course

Jeff Whitten

By Jeff Whitten

Staff Writer

FYI: To register for the course, call the UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies -881-7082 or register online at http://www.utm.edu/departments/ecce/nondegree/healthcare.php.


The University of Tennessee at Martin McNairy Center/Selmer will be offering a course in medical coding and billing this fall semester.

The course is from 6-9:30 p.m., Thursdays from Sept.1 to Dec.22 and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturdays, Sept.10, Oct 8, Nov.5 and Dec.10.

The center is at 1269 Tennessee Avenue.

The fee for the non-degree program course is $1,799 and includes books and lab supplies.

This 80-hour course includes such topics as how to manually file claims, how to solve insurance billing problems, complete common  insurance forms, trace delinquent claims, appeal denied claims and use generic forms to streamline billing processes.

It also covers Current Procedural Technology, specialty fields such as surgery, radiology and laboratory.

In addition, it covers the Ninth Edition of the International Classification of Diseases or the ICD-9 and basic claims processes for medical insurance and third party reimbursements.

Students will also learn how to use the services and codes using manuals such as the CPT, ICD-9 and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System.

After obtaining the suggested practical experience of six months to two years, students will be qualified to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders’ Certified Professional Coder Exam, the American Health Information Management Association Certified Coding Associate exam or other national certification exams.

Medical coding and billing professionals keep records, calculate patients’ charges and review files.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow faster than average and job prospects should be very good, particularly for technicians with strong computer software skills.