New Program: Professional Medical Coding and Billing

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We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our newest program—Professional Medical Coding and Billing. This course is replacing both our Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Coding and Billing and the Outpatient Medical Coding and Billing courses. We’ve re-built the curriculum to ensure students are prepared for the new reality of the medical coding industry.

Currently, medical coders use 3 code sets: CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-9. Starting on October 1, 2014 all healthcare facilities and physicians must start using ICD-10 codes in order to be reimbursed. This means that those new to the industry need to start training on the ICD-10 codes so they are prepared to start working when they graduate. With our new training, we’re now starting new students out with ICD-10 training right away (rather than preparing them for ICD-9 and then supplementing ICD-10 training as well).

All of this is very technical, and you may be scratching your head wondering how this changes your referral efforts. Well, here are the important take-aways:

  • Career Step now offers a single medical coding training program: Professional Medical Coding and Billing
  • This program was expert-designed to prepare students for the new ICD-10 code set. It was built by AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainers as well as a number of other experts with decades of experience teaching medical coding.
  • This program will be the same price as the old Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Coding and Billing program. Students will receive everything they need to prepare for a new career for $2,795.
  • We’ve already updated the content on your unique referrer webpage to reflect the new program. When you direct prospective students to your page, they’ll receive the most up-to-date information.
  • There are some new resources for the new program available in the Referral Resource Center, and over the next few weeks and months we’ll be adding more.

We’ve worked hard on this course to ensure students will be gaining the skills they need to pass industry certifications and start working right after graduation. We even have employers who are already using parts of this curriculum to train their own employees! Some of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation, including the leading provider of healthcare services in the U.S. and one of the nation’s largest managed healthcare companies, have chosen Career Step training!

And if you’re a coder yourself and you’re wondering when we’ll have a program you can take to prepare for ICD-10—stay tuned! We have exciting news coming for you in the next month. 


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  1. Harlie August 01, 2013

    So how does this work for current enrollments. I’m kind of upset that I enrolled a little over two months ago and now a new program is out. So now I am learning old curriculum?!

  2. Career Step August 01, 2013

    Hi Harlie,

    First, let me assure you that you’re not learning out-dated material. AHIMA, the leading medical coding organization, specifically recommends that students who started a medical coding and billing certificate program before August 2013 choose a program that prepares them for ICD-9 coding. Healthcare employers will not transition to the ICD-10 codes until October 1, 2014, so if you’re planning to get a job before then you’re going to need ICD-9 code training—which is what our Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Coding and Billing program that you’re enrolled in is going to teach you.

    Also, since you enrolled in the last few months you’re going to receive a free enrollment in our ICD-10 FastTrack course once you graduate. Once you finish that (much shorter) course, you’ll know BOTH ICD-9 and ICD-10, which will make you much more flexible and marketable since you’ll be entering the workforce during a transition period.

    Hopefully this helps resolve some of your concerns. We really do have our students best interests at heart and we’ve timed the release of these new programs to coincide with industry expert and employer recommendations to give you the best possible preparation for employment. Let us know if you have any additional questions!

  3. Tilisa Parker August 02, 2013

    I enrolled in the Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Coding and Billing program late last year and should be ready to take my final by the end of August.  How can I take part in the ICD-10 FastTrack course and what is the cost for me?

  4. Patti kellum August 02, 2013

    What if you started the medical coding and billing course in February of 2013.  Will I also be given free enrollment in the ICD-10 fast tract course.

  5. Kristin Pozniak August 02, 2013

    I just completed the Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Billing and Coding.  I am not yet employed.  Will the ICD-10 FastTrack be available to me for free as well?  I enrolled in July 2012.
    If I am still looking for a job in a few months, I will be looking at the same time as those completing the new training, that they paid the same amount for.

  6. Jamie August 02, 2013

    How will you handle students that purchased the ICD9 Coding and Billing from June 2012?  I was supposed to be complete with my course on June 2013 but bought an extension and will probably have to get another extension but now with the new ICD10, I don’t want to keep buying extensions but I need to, to complete the course but now I feel it is irrelevant.

  7. Career Step August 02, 2013

    Tilisa,

    Congratulations on being so close to graduation! And good luck as you work on that final push toward the final. =)

    The ICD-10 FastTrack course will be available in the next month—right about the time you’ll be graduating. As someone who’s taken a Career Step course before, you’ll be eligible for a returning student discount and we may also have special launch discounts you can take advantage of. Stay tuned and we’ll have more details for you in the next few weeks!

  8. Career Step August 02, 2013

    Patti,

    As a student who enrolled in the Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Coding and Billing program in February 2013, you will not receive a free enrollment in the ICD-10 FastTrack course because if you finish the program within your year of course access you’ll still be several months ahead of the transition. Employers won’t be switching to ICD-10 until October 1, 2014, and if you finish in February of 2014 they’ll be looking for coders with ICD-9 knowledge. This makes it in your best interest to continue working through your current program.

    With that being said, if, after you graduate and start working, your employer doesn’t have ICD-10 education options in place or you feel you want to enhance your professional skill set on your own, the ICD-10 FastTrack course will be available to you at a returning student discount.

    Best wishes!

  9. Career Step August 02, 2013

    Kristin,

    Congratulations on graduating and good luck in your job search! Unfortunately, you are not eligible for a free ICD-10 FastTrack enrollment for a number of reasons.

    First, you don’t need that training to be successful in the current job market. Right now, employers aren’t looking for ICD-10 trained coders—they need ICD-9 coders. They won’t start using ICD-10 codes until October 1, 2014. You also don’t need this training for the industry certification exams. These exams won’t transition to the ICD-10 codes for months (the CCA exam will switch Apr. 1, 2014 and the CPC exam will switch Jan. 1, 2015), so unless you’re planning to put off certification for more than 6 months (which we definitely don’t recommend), you have the training you need for the current exams.

    Second, while it may take a little time and effort to get that first break and get into the medical coding industry, you’re definitely going to be well ahead of the students who are just starting the new ICD-10 focused program. They won’t finish the training for about another year, which is why AHIMA recommends that new medical coders hold off on choosing an ICD-10 specific program until August 2013.

    And finally, once you start working your employer will be responsible for helping you gain the education you need to make the ICD-10 transition. Even employers who don’t actually choose a training program for their employees will most likely provide funds you can use to get the training you’ll need—after all, it’s in their best interest to ensure that you know what you’re doing with ICD-10 since they’ll need the codes to be assigned properly in order to get paid. As a Career Step graduate, you will be able to take advantage of the returning student discount on the ICD-10 FastTrack course if you decide to take it in the future.

    Hopefully that helps ease some of your concerns. Let us know if you have any additional questions and be sure to contact graduate support for assistance throughout your job search!

  10. Career Step August 02, 2013

    Jamie,

    Finishing up the Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Coding and Billing program is not completing a program just for the sake of finishing—you’re still gaining the skills you need to succeed in the workforce RIGHT NOW. ICD-10 doesn’t go into effect until October 1, 2014. If you’re going to get a job before then, you’ll need to know the ICD-9 codes, which is what you’re learning in the IOMCB program.

    The certification exams aren’t even changing for several months. Hopefully, you’re planning to sit for a credential exam within the next 6 months or so—and, again, you’re going to need to know ICD-9 codes to do that. AHIMA’s CCA exam will transition to the ICD-10 codes on April 1, 2014 and the AAPC’s CPC exam doesn’t make the switch until January 1, 2015. As long as you’re planning to earn your credential before then, you’re exactly on track to make sure you’re prepared for the industry.

    Once you’ve earned your credential and started a new job, your employer will most likely have ICD-10 education options for you. If they don’t, or if something comes up and you’re not able to finish your training in time, our streamlined ICD-10 preparation course that we hinted at (it’ll be out in the next month) would be a great option to help you bridge the gap from ICD-9 to ICD-10.

    Hopefully that helped ease some of your concerns! Let us know if you have any additional questions.

  11. katherine August 02, 2013

    How much is the discounted course?

  12. Career Step August 02, 2013

    Katherine,

    The ICD-10 FastTrack course will be normally priced at $695. Returning students will be able to take the course for $550. There may also be additional launch savings available with our official announcement next month.

  13. Jeanie August 06, 2013

    I enrolled in the IOMCB program in May 2013 and am entitled to the ICD-10 FastTrack course and am wondering how many hours you expect the ICD-10 FastTrack course to be.

  14. Career Step August 07, 2013

    Hi Jeanie,

    The ICD-10 FastTrack course will include just over 140 hours of curriculum. It will include training on advanced anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology as well as ICD-10 coding.


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