Idaho Medical Billing and Coding Schools - ID
By Joanna Pelletier, allied health world contributing writer
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Idaho Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Education
Students are in a wonderful position to get their education through distance learning programs or Idaho medical coding schools.
A typical certificate program through medical billing schools in Idaho will take one year to a year and a half to complete. These programs offer classes in medical terminology, computer software, health care delivery systems, coding, pathophysiology and pharmacology, coding systems, medical office procedures, and reimbursement methodology. These programs may require students to complete an internship at the end of their study, and may also require them to take an English class and a basic mathematics class (curriculum varies from institution to institution).
Associate's degrees take another year to complete, and provide students with a more in-depth course of study. These programs combine the certificate courses with classes in English, college-level mathematics, art, history, chemistry, ethics, biology, and other general education courses. An Associate's degree curriculum may also include accounting, economics, and human resources management classes.
Bachelor's and Master's degree programs are also available, but are only necessary if students want to hold a higher position within the field. These programs build upon the leadership, managerial, and critical thinking skills students gain in their certificate and Associate's degree programs, incorporating more statistics, business, anatomy, and disease education classes into the curriculum.
If Medical Billing Specialists seek additional certification through AHIMA, they have to renew their certifications every two years. Certification renewal requires AHIMA certificants to participate in AHIMA-approved or sponsored continuing education events (college classes, meetings, seminars, etc), and gain 10-50 continuing education units (CEUs) before the end of every renewal period. Members with fewer or lower certifications only need to acquire 10 CEUs per term; members with more or higher certifications may be required to obtain up to 30 credits.Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Medical Billing and Coding Professionals in Boise, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Meridian, Idaho may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and St. Luke's Boise Medical Center.