Coding and Reimbursement Specialist

Coding and Reimbursement Specialist


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  • Why Choose Coding and Reimbursement Specialist
  • Careers in Medical Coding -LBCC CRS Program
  • Why Should You Go Into Coding and Reimbursement?

    Coders are becoming increasingly more significant in the health care field. Accurate and efficient reimbursement adds value to all health care providers; and certified professional coders can help deliver that. Our program has coding graduates all throughout Oregon and several in California, Washington, Idaho, and Colorado. Certification in coding is national, so the career skill-set transfers well to any location in the country.

    CRS Core Curriculum Outline

    Contact US

    Please contact Rick Durling at durlinr@linnbenton.edu


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    When you go see your own physician, all services provided, including the visit itself, are represented by codes. Diagnosis codes, procedure codes, and supply codes. Each of these is distinct, unique, and requires education and experience to select properly. Failure to assign the correct set of codes will generally result in a failure to get paid. Without revenue, physicians and health facilities cannot do the excellent work they do to take care of us. The majority of these codes are assigned by certified professional coders. This helps to ensure the providers and facilities that their revenue stream is strong and secure.


    Of those who apply locally, about half of our graduates each year apply to and are selected for actual coding positions. The rest of our graduates begin their careers in affiliated positions such as patient account clerk, insurance billing clerk, accounts receivable clerk, etc. On average over the past 5 years, within one year these graduates transition into a coding position; either at the facility in which the started, or by being lured away to another provider with a need for a certified coder.


    For those graduates who decide to apply outside of our local area, including Portland, Salem, and Eugene: 91% over the past 5 years have successfully navigated into coding positions directly after graduation and passing the national coding exam.


    A career in coding may be right for you if you are a person who enjoys puzzles, mysteries, solving problems, resolving new and old mistakes, or if you are generally a detail oriented person. Critical thinking is an extremely important asset for coders and will be encouraged and developed by the courses in our program.

     


  • Program Sheet

    Students get the opportunity to work in offices alongside practicing certified coders from healthcare facilities all over Linn, Benton, Lincoln, and Marion counties. This is an exciting opportunity, and students get to experience this after only 6 successful months in the program.

    Additionally, our preparatory process for the AAPC national coding exam helps students to succeed. This monster of a test is laid low by our fairly traditional preparation approach, which actually begins the first day of class and culminates in early June when the students sit for the national exam.

    Coding and Reimbursement Practicum

    Students get the opportunity to work in offices alongside practicing certified coders from healthcare facilities all over Linn, Benton, Lincoln, and Marion counties. This is an exciting opportunity, and students get to experience this after only 6 successful months in the program.

    Additionally, our preparatory process for the AAPC national coding exam helps students to succeed. This monster of a test is laid low by our fairly traditional preparation approach, which actually begins the first day of class and culminates in early June when the students sit for the national exam.

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Coding and Reimbursement Facility

As of May 2017, we moved into a new building with state-of-the-art equipment! The new Healthcare Occupations Center is focused on healthcare and allows us to collaborate with other healthcare programs at LBCC.

Faculty

After graduating from OSU and serving in the Army, Jerry began working for Merck Pharmaceuticals representing drug products all over Oregon. In 2011 Jerry joined the faculty of LBCC and currently serves as faculty President. Jerry also graduated from the MA program and Coding Reimbursement Program in 2016. Reach out to Jerry at coej@linnbenton.edu.
Jerry Coe
Kathy Durling became an RN in 1980 and worked in nursing exclusively until 1990 when, along with her husband Rick, she started and managed several local healthcare facilities. She is the department chair of the Medical Assisting and Coding department, as well as being one of the clinical instructors in the MA program. Kathy joined the LBCC faculty in 2005. You may reach Kathy by email at durlink@linnbenton.edu.
Kathy Durling
Rick Durling has been coding since 1990. Rick, along with his wife Kathy, have started and managed several health care businesses including Home Infusion, Home Health, Primary Care Clinic with three branches, and a successful consulting business. Rick joined the faculty of LBCC in 2000 and started the coding program in 2001. Feel free to reach out to Rick by email at durlinr@linnbenton.edu.
Rick Durling
Melanie Wiens has had a long career as a medical assistant and clinic manager. Most recently, Melanie managed one of the Benton County Health Department facilities and has served for many years on the Medical Assistant Program advisory board. Melanie specializes in teaching medical office communications and clinical courses in our programs. Feel free to visit with Melanie at wiensm@linnbenton.edu.
Melanie Wiens