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Sauk to Offer Medical Coding Certificate Program

January 2009

Sauk Valley Community College will offer a 16-week Medical Coding Certificate Program from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, January 26, through April 27, 2009 in Room 2M5. This program is accredited by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Vast amounts of information pass through even the most modest of medical offices. Records of every patient (physician observations, prescription history, diagnoses, procedures performed, tracking of diseases, etc.) must be converted into a universally-recognized set of codes. Qualified specialists submit and track all insurance claims to ensure that insurance companies reimburse health care providers for services rendered. Medical coding is also crucial to health insurance companies.

While the number of job openings is rising, the industry places great emphasis on training and experience. Certification in coding and billing shows prospective employers that a technician has the skills necessary to maintain an office that runs efficiently and accurately.

Kim Ramirez, CPC, CPC-H, MPC, will be the instructor for the course. Ramirez, who has been in the coding field for more than 30 years, has taught and certified more than 1,300 students. She has also been an AAPC-approved professional medical coding curriculum physical and hospital instructor for more than 10 years.

Cost for the course is $1,700 and includes all books, materials, exam fee, and membership in the American Academy of Professional Coders.

For more information, call Sauk’s Office of Personal and Professional Development at 815/288-5511, ext. 212.