Pretty easy, overall.
I would recommend this course to anybody who has an interest in Medical Insurance Billing and Coding because through my whole experience I have been nothing but encouraged by my professors. I currently do online schooling, but the professors that I have been assigned to are very attentive, and respond rather quickly to those who need assistance.
Some of the highlights of this particular course is to become familiar with laws relating to the medical field, such as HIPAA, OSHA, and COBRA. This course really goes into depth about the regulations and standards of laws and acts that have been implemented in the health care system. In this course we also learn about health insurance, as there are so many different types and companies, and we learn the process of insurance, how decisions are made, what is typically covered, and what all of the different plans represent. Medical terminology plays a big role in the medical field, so there is a course on that too. To identify the root word, prefix and suffix, to get a better understanding of the words themselves. Most of these words have a Greek or Latin basis, which we learned how to identify those. There really is so much to be gained from this course, I have learned quite a bit in the 5 months I have been studying.
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The advice that I have to offer to any students in or considering this course is to really put the effort in, as there is a lot of memorizing to do. Knowing the abbreviations for organizations, programs, and affiliations within the health care system is very important. There are also a lot of codes (ICD-10, HCPCS, CPT) that you need to know the difference between, and medical terminology plays such a large role that you need to have a pretty good understanding of to be able to communicate to your peers, professors, and to other health care professionals. The last bit of advice I would give to another student is remember your communication. If ever you have any kind of issues, whether you need some additional help, you need an extension on your assignments, if you have concerns, anything at all, always ask. We are going to school to learn, and asking questions is a big part of learning and progressing your understanding. Never be ashamed, shy, or scared of asking questions!