Medical coders are responsible for assigning codes to diagnoses and procedures in order to ensure proper financial reimbursement from insurance companies and government agencies. Medical coders, also called insurance coders or claims specialists, use a universally- recognized coding system and must ensure correct code selection for compliance with federal regulations and insurance requirements. Knowledge of both the medical and business sides of health care is essential in this detail-oriented field. Coding specialists work in health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, physician practice groups, surgery centers, long-term care facilities, and home health care agencies. Coders are also employed by consulting firms, coding and billing services, insurance companies, governmental agencies and computer software companies.The approximate completion time for the Medical Coder Certificate is 900 hours or 8 months at 30 hours per week and maintaining 100% progress.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are enrolling in any health occupation program, any misdemeanor or felony conviction relating to drug offenses, assault/violent crimes, sexual assault, fraud, or theft that you have on your record, will result in the college not being able to place youÂ in a clinical or externship site. As a result, you will not be able to complete the program.Â See your program coordinator for more detailed information.
Health Information Technologies
The Health Information Technologies Program at Ogden-Weber Tech College is committed to providing state-of-the-art training of students for entry level positions in Medical Office Administration, Medical Coding and Medical Transcription. This commitment is designed to meet the needs of both students seeking skills to secure employment, as well as employers who are seeking highly skilled workers to support the goals of their organization. We accomplish this by continued interaction with local employers and monitoring of the healthcare industry to reflect the rapidly changing needs of these occupations. We are further committed in training students in the basics of professionalism and ethics to strengthen the core values of our students as they enter the workforce. We believe that this will in turn provide stronger individuals and communities. We want our students to believe that they can â€śstart here, and go anywhere!â€ť
Employer Advisory Team:
- Health Clinics of Utah
- Intermountain Health Care
- McKay-Dee Porter Family Medicine
- Medical Arts Clinic
- Midtown Community Health Center
- Mountainstar Pediatrics
- Ogden Clinic
- Tanner Clinic
For enrollment or cost information, please call 801-627-8300. For program-specific information, please contact an instructor below.
What's Happening in the Program
We have just updated our curriculum and we are very excited about some of the new learning tools we have incorporated into the Health Information Technologies course work. You will be able to enter a â€śvirtual medical officeâ€ť that allows you to see how a medical office employee actually functions in various situations. Come by and see what we have to offer. We are seeing more and more people inquire about the Medical Coding Program.Â Many women, particularly, see it as a great skill to acquire because coding has the potential for them to be able to work from a home office. A good medical coder is a valuable individual to a physician, guiding the physician with critical information that will help the physician be compliant while maximizing their reimbursement for services.Â Itâ€™s a great career! Ogden-Weber Tech College has incorporated the Medical Coder program into the Health Information Technologies area.Â Health Information Technologies also offers Medical Office Administration and Medical Transcription Certificates.
Megan Miller, CPC, is the coordinator of theÂ Medical Coding and Medial Office programs, she has over 15 years of successful experience in the fields of professional medical coding with wide-ranging expertise in processes and functionsÂ of the medical officeÂ ranging from administration, collections, appeals, insurance trending, customer relations, natural leader surpassing objectives, expectations, with exceptional communication, problem solving, and instructing abilities. Mrs. Miller is an active member of the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Program Completion Rates and Additional Information
*Individual choices may influence how long it takes to complete a program, which affects the overall on-time completion rate. For example:
- A student might only attend part-time instead of full-time.
- A student may wish to take additional elective courses.
- A student will progress through coursework at an individual rate in self-paced programs.
- A student could change to a different program before completing the first one.
**The Ogden-Weber tech college offers low tuition and multiple options for financial aid. It does not rely on loan programs so the median loan debt for all programs is zero, enabling students to enter the workforce with no student debt.