Medical Coding and BillingMedical coding professionals provide a key step in the medical billing process. Their primary focus is on converting medical procedures, diagnosis, or symptoms into specific codes to be submitted as a claim for reimbursement.Barry University's Medical Coding & Billing program is a short-term, low-cost program that will provide you with an entry-level knowledge of the field of medical coding and billing, with an emphasis on preparing you for the NHA's Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS).On the last day of this 10-week, 60-hour program you will take the CBCS certification exam sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) in your classroom. You will have also acquired the knowledge level necessary to challenge other entry-level medical coding certification exams, such as the CCA certification examination sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), should you choose to do so independently.Both of these certification exams consist of questions on administrative procedures for medical billing and insurance claim processing, submitting, tracing, appealing, and transmitting billing claims for today’s full range of health plans.Employment Outlook: "Employment of medical coders and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average of all occupations…An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures…Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records by all types of healthcare providers, should lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry." Dept. of Labor Statistics, D.C.