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Health Claims Specialist Courses

The Harris School's Health Claim Specialist Program

Also referred to as "medical billing", the health claims specialist program at Harris School gives students the foundation needed to excel in their careers and prepares them for national certifications.

Sample health claims specialist (medical billing) courses include:

  • Course Title
    What this Course Is About
  • Medical Office Skills
    This course enables students to learn correct position and techniques, alphabetic keys, number keys and special symbol keys. This course further introduces and simulates situations using computerized software. Students learn to input patient information, schedule appointments, and handle billing. In addition, students produce various lists and reports and learn to handle insurance claims both on forms and electronically.
  • Medical Terminology
    This course provides students with a comprehensive background of medical root words, prefixes and suffixes. The course gives instruction on body structure, colors, oncology, anatomical planes and regions and provides students with the study of medical terms for the following body systems: integumentary, nervous, and eye and Ear senses. Students will study of medical terms and abbreviations.
  • Insurance
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the 10 steps of the medical billing cycle which includes the basics of medical insurance both government and private, insurance terminology, medical coding systems, documentation and claim filings, payment processing, insurance appeals, as well as collection processes involving both patients and insurance carriers. The course covers both outpatient physician and inpatient/outpatient hospital situations.
  • Diagnostic Coding
    This course emphasizes the basic transformation of verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries, and procedures into numeric designations (coding) by the provider rendering medical care. Today medical codes are utilized to facilitate payment of health services to evaluate utilization patterns, and to study the appropriateness of health care costs. To be fairly and adequately reimbursed in a timely fashion by third party payers, physicians and their reimbursement specialists must understand and correctly use these codes.
  • Procedural Coding
    This course provides further utilization of the methodology of coding utilizing CPT procedural coding. The methodology and guidelines for Evaluation and Management codes, Anesthesia codes, procedural codes involving all body systems and the use of modifiers will be discussed.
  • Electronic Health Records  (EHR)
    This course will cover the usage and management of health information and the electronic health record (EHR). Students will be introduced to the use of health information and the EHR for any setting within the health care industry from acute, ambulatory, long term, home health, specialty, population health, and personal health that encompass the continuum of care. Students will utilize hands on application of medical records software system components in order to apply these applications to the real medical office setting.


The Health Claims Specialist (Medical Billing) Curriculum

The full curriculum of medical billing courses prepares students with the basic knowledge and competencies to prepare, process, and submit claims in a variety of health care and insurance settings, such as physicians’ offices, hospitals, extended care facilities, diagnostic centers, and insurance companies. Challenging medical billing courses, combined with a real-world externship experience, will help prepare students for a successful career.