As a coding and reimbursement specialist, you play a critical role in today’s health care industry. TCC's Health Information Technology – Coding option provides you the skills required to work in a broad range of health care settings, including hospitals, physicians’ offices or clinics, home health agencies, hospice, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies.
Role of Coding Specialists
Medical reimbursement and coding professionals contribute to efficient operations in the health care industry by working with medical coding, insurance billing and patient records, and performing other administrative duties.
Workforce Development Degree Information
Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.
Course of Study
In our program, you will examine ICD-10-CM and CPT coding guidelines in detail, as well as insurance and reimbursement issues such as claims processing, case mix index, and reimbursement systems, (i.e., diagnosis related groups), ambulatory patient classification, resource based relative value system, resource utilization groups, case mix groups, and home health resource groups.
When you successfully complete the certificate requirements, you may apply to take a national examination to become a Certified Coding Associate. After 2-3 years of recommended coding experience, you may take the national Certified Coding Specialist examination.
TCC’s Coding and Reimbursement Specialist Certificate program has been approved by the American Health Information Management Association.
The Health Information Technology Program (HIT) at Tulsa Community College is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of this program receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) national certification examination. Successful examination candidates are certified as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
Additional information regarding the accreditation process, certification and/or the health information management profession maybe accessed at the following websites: