Medical Insurance Billing Certificate Award
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This program is designed to give the students an in-depth understanding
of complex issues involved in the medical insurance billing industry.
Classes are held on the CSUDH campus in Carson. Medical Insurance Billing classes are convenient for people living and working in or near Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach,
San Pedro, Hawthorne, Gardena, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood
and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.
Medical insurance billing is a stable and
lucrative field within the medical industry.
The business office of every healthcare
provider must provide proper documentation
to a number of insurance companies for reimbursement for services. Opportunities
for employment of insurance billers include physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals, and
medical supply companies. The demand is driven by the growing need for healthcare
services of an aging population as well as the need for individuals able to handle the
complexities of paper and electronic information.
What You Will Learn
Students will gain practical knowledge to enhance their understanding of medical insurance
billing practices as well as learn skills required to operate efficiently in today’s medical offices, hospitals and clinics.
Who Should Attend
This program is designed to provide students with comprehensive training in medical insurance billing. Each course will provide building blocks for those seeking a career in a physician’s office, hospital or clinic as well as for those who are seeking to augment and improve their skills.
There are NO special eligibility requirements for this program. Prerequisites are recommended
to enhance the learning experience.
A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion of all courses. Those who do not wish to pursue a certificate may take individual courses.
Classes are offered on Saturdays at the Franklin Community Center at 850 Inglewood Ave
in Redondo Beach. Medical Insurance Computer Billing will be held at the CSUDH campus.
Books & Materials
Books and materials are available in the student bookstore
for purchase. Students will use the following textbooks for
the entire program:
• Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office with
• Medical Terminology: A Short Course
• ICD-9-CM Coding Book
• CPT-4 Coding Book
Students should bring the required text to each class.
Victoria Morgan FHFMA, MS is the Principal for the Morgan & Associates Health Care Consulting Firm and has over 20 years of experience in healthcare financial management.
Audra L. Villalobos is President/CEO, Beach Cities Medical Management, Torrance.
Insurance and Third Party Payers NBMB 111
Office & Insurance Problem Solving NBMB 112
Regulatory Requirements – HIPAA Compliance & Ethics NBMB 113
Inpatient / Outpatient Facility Billing NBMB 114
Medical Terminology NBMB 115
ICD-9 Coding NBMB 116
CPT Procedure Coding NBMB 117
Medical Insurance Computer Billing and Applied Billing Techniques NBMB 118
Insurance and Third Party Payers (NBMB 111)
This course will include detail review of Medicare, Medicaid, 3rd Party Insurance,
Worker’s Compensation, Blue Cross and Managed Care.  Emphasis will include
providing payers with “clean claims” and techniques to employ to minimize claims denials.
Office & Insurance Problem Solving (NBMB 112)
This course provides details concerning the Operations within a Medical Practice. This course will cover topics such as: Job Descriptions, Human Resources Office Operations, and Best Practices. Topics will also include follow-up procedures, collections and utilization of electronic media to improve cash flow and minimize errors.
Regulatory Requirements – HIPAA, Compliance & Ethics (NBMB 113)
This course will focus on the Regulatory Requirements impacting
the operation of the Healthcare/Physician
Practice. Major topics include:
• Regulatory Agencies
• Fraud & Abuse
• False Claims Act
• Medical Necessity Denials
• Compliance programs for Physician Offices
• Compliance Programs for 3rd party billing companies
• Healthcare Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Inpatient / Outpatient Facility Billing (NBMB 114)
This course will focus on entitles which bill for facility charges using the UB-92.  Specialized billing requirements for Hospital Inpatients, Outpatients, Therapies, and Home Health will be covered. Reimbursement systems such as Diagnostic-Related Groups (DRGs) and Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS or APCs) will be reviewed.
Medical Terminology (NBMB 115)
Provides an overview of medical terminology including prefixes, suffixes, roots and combining forms. Students will learn about the various body systems as they relate to medical terminology. Also covered willbe medical abbreviations and exercises on how to read medical reports. This course is a good
foundation for anyone working in a medical environment. Students should bring the
required textbook to class: Medical Terminology: A Short Course.
ICD-9 Diagnosis Coding (NBMB 116)
Prerequisite: Medical Terminology or equivalent
coursework and/or experience are recommended. This course will provide a basic
understanding of Diagnosis Coding Principles. The basic steps in coding will be reviewed
and students will be able to practice with actual coding exercises. Students should
bring the required textbooks to class: ICD-9-CM Coding Book—latest edition & Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office with Student Workbook.
CPT Procedure Coding (NBMB 117)
Prerequisite: Medical Terminology or equivalent
coursework and/or experience are recommended. Students will develop a firm foundation for medical insurance billing with a thorough knowledge of CPT coding. This course is specifically designed and taught for people with little or no experience in the medical field. Begin with the
basics and develop a clear and concise understanding of the procedure coding systems to help formulate an accurate insurance claim that will maximize reimbursement. Students should
bring the required text to class: CPT-4 Coding Book—latest edition & Insurance Handbook
for the Medical Office with Student Workbook.
Medical Insurance Computer Billing and Applied Billing Techniques (NBMB 118)
Medical Terminology, ICD-9 and CPT Coding are suggested prerequisites for the class.
Learn the basics of using a computer in medical insurance billing. Learn how to build a patient information database, how to input patient and insurance information, and the ins and outs of electronic claims submissions that will produce third-party insurance claim forms and patient billing statements. A review of the information needed to set up a computerized medical insurance billing practice is included. Previous computer experience is not necessary. This course will also provide hands-on practice with the opportunity to simulate common activities in a “day in the life” of a Medical Office biller. Focus will include collecting data, charges and coding to create “clean” claims. Students should bring all required textbooks to class.
For Further Information
For further information contact: Babette Wald: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call 310-243-3741 or 877-GO-HILLS
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