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Health Information Management
Coding Specialist Certificate Program
Changing regulations for payment of health services issued by the government and other third-party payors continually create a need for qualified coders. This demand has created the need for an educational level that will produce skilled coders at a lesser level than an associate or bachelor's degree.
To ensure that quality training is available to persons interested in this field, IU Northwest offers a special training program that combines an understanding of medical terminology and of the disease process with ICD-9-CM and CPT coding principles and guidelines.
Coders are employed in hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, insurance companies, and other settings where diagnostic and procedural data are coded in ICD-9- CM and CPT for reimbursement purposes.
Program graduates are immediately eligible to write the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association. Three exams are offered—one for the hospital-based coders and one for the physician-based coders at the advanced level and the entry level CCA exam referenced previously. Work experience is strongly suggested before writing the advanced certification exams.