Medical Coding Continuing Education
The need for continuing education programs and workshops to reinforce medical terminology and national coding
rules and regulations for medical coding professionals is at an all-time high. Employers ask that their staff
partake in continuing education and workshops designed specifically for professionals with medical coding and
billing responsibilities. One big concern for professionals who need annual Continuing Education Units (CEUs) is
lack of availability, and time to obtain them. They often work full time and have extremely tight schedules, along
with their own family obligations which makes attending workshops and classes difficult.
Professionals will receive the latest on medical billing and coding principles and technology, regulations
pertinent to Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross-Blue Shield products, managed care, third party liability, worker's
comp, Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), indemnity insurers and have a complete understanding of CPT®, HCPCS,
ICD-9 coding Level I, II, III, and learn how to identify data as it relates to submitting a clean insurance claim
for reimbursement. Advanced coder education will focus on the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.
Obtaining Annual CEUs for Medical Coders and Billers
Availability: Many professionals in the medical coding and billing industry have two or
three credentials and certifications for which they need to earn annual CEUs. This spurs the increased need for
a continuous flow of fresh CEU workshops, seminars and programs in any given year; however publishers,
organizers and online educators are hard pressed to meet these ever increasing demands.
Cost: Participation in seminars and workshops that offer CEUs for coders can be quite
expensive and therefore too costly for the average coder.
Travel: Most seminars and workshops that offer CEUs are often far away, as a matter of
fact, so far away they require advance flight and hotel reservations.
Employers: Some employers fail to recognize the value of continuing education and
avoid to offer continuing education meetings and reimbursement for their staff's educational expenses because of
their own budgetary restraints.
Medical Billing and Coding Workshops
There are many well known and respected organizations that offer professional certified credentials,
workshops, seminars and continuing education opportunities online. Thousands of healthcare professionals
earn their annual Continuing Education Units through them, including medical coders and billers. The Medical Coding
Training US web blog posts announcements of upcoming medical coding and billing events.