As the link between health care providers, insurance companies and patients, Medical Coders analyze health information data and use coding guidelines to categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement.
Your goal as a medical coding and billing technician is to maintain accessibility, accuracy and security of paper and electronic medical records. After graduation, you will find opportunities to use your specialized skills in:
- Independent clinics
- Healthcare systems
- Outpatient surgical centers
- Auditing firms
- Insurance companies
- Home health care agencies
What is the Career Outlook for Medical Coding?
Employment projections are strong for Medical Coders, also known as health information technicians. The field is expected to grow 11% through 2028, faster than average for all occupations, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
Why Study Medical Coding at Southeast Tech?
Your Associate of Applied Science degree at STC prepares you to work as a professional and/or facility coder. Professional Coding is skill- and knowledge-based coding regarding healthcare professionals; Facility Coding (or Hospital Coding) relates to the use of resources, including facility stays, medications, nurse time and medical equipment.
Other takeaways from your Southeast Tech experience include problem-solving and critical thinking skills. You will identify and correct coding issues, understand and employ coding methodology, and maintain professional and ethical standards. Your associate degree is backed by these other career-boosters:
Certification: As a graduate of Southeast Technical College’s Medical Coding program, you are eligible to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam or Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC) exam. The American Academy of Professional Coders sponsors both. The Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam, through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), is also available to you.
Choose your Workplace: Some professionals in health information may have the opportunity to work as an independent contractor or work from home for their employer.
Take Advantage of Tailored Learning: The Medical Coding program at STC is available as a certificate, diploma and hybrid program.
What Can You Do with Your STC Degree?
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a regional hub for many healthcare centers, which draw rural residents to the area. Graduates find employment with the following healthcare and medical technology employers:
- Mercy Medical Center
- Sanford Health
- Sioux Falls Veteran’s Administration Health Care System
Southeast Tech’s program curriculum for Medical Coding totals 67 credits over 24 months, including classes in Medical Terminology, Computer Applications in Health Care, Insurance/Billing/Coding and Basic Pharmacology.
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