Medical Coding: Professional Services

Medical Coding: Professional Services

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Career Opportunities
Your career opportunities include working for healthcare organizations, independent clinics, home health care agencies, insurance companies, and auditing firms. Experienced coders may have the opportunity to work from home through their employer or work as independent contractors for coding companies. The region’s leading employers are seeking out our graduates!
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The median annual wage for career opportunities for graduates of similar programs, according to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics.
$37,110.00
Award Types: 1-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 35 (Diploma)

Are you intrigued by the business of healthcare? Are you ready to respond to a higher calling? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just one year with a Hospital Coding: Professional Services diploma. As a Medical Coding: Professional Services specialist, you’ll work as a professional or physician coder. You’ll review medical documentation, apply coding guidelines and assign codes using nationally recognized coding systems. Codes are used for the purposes of reimbursement, research statistics, and reporting.

You’ll become proficient in the use of professional coding systems and may apply to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination that is sponsored by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). They may also continue their education another year and complete their A.A.S. degree in Medical Coding.

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This diploma is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program, meaning you can purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech Support Center.

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Award Types: 1-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 35 (Diploma)

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Cindy Hagle, BS, CPC
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Cindy joined Southeast Tech in 2013 when the Medical Coding Program began. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Southeast Tech and says the best part of her job is watching her students graduate and become successfully employed coders.

Cindy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business, but has worked in the Medical Coding field for many years. She has worked as a coder, a coding analyst, and a coding manager before coming to Southeast Tech. She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and a Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA). She usually has some sort of part-time or summer job in the coding field to keep up to date in the ever-changing coding world.

When Cindy isn’t working, she keeps busy with her family, which includes her husband, two sons, soon-to-be daughter in law, and two Golden Doodles.  A native of Chamberlain, Cindy and her family spend as many weekends as possible on the river boating, fishing and kayaking.

Education: BS, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, CPC; CPMA
 

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