SCRANTON, PA (June 1, 2015) – Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and hybrid education designed to address the skills gap in America, today announced that it has added new curriculum components to its Medical Billing and Coding career diploma program. The changes were designed to more closely align the program content with a leading industry credentialed exam within this in-demand field, with expected 22% job growth by 2022.¹
In addition to providing online simulations, virtual labs, videos and 3D representations, as well as a virtual work experience component, Penn Foster’s Medical Billing and Coding program now offers students training in both ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding and enhances the overall learning experience. ICD-10 is the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems and affects diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding for individuals covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All facilities and offices covered by HIPAA are required to comply with the updates immediately following the formal implementation of ICD-10 which is currently expected to occur on or about October 1, 2015.
The revised and expanded curriculum of Penn Foster’s Medical Billing and Coding program is intended to support program graduates who go on to take the AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. The CPC credential is the gold standard for medical coding in physician office settings and is held by nearly 99,000 coding professionals.
“We are always looking for new ways to help our students learn, and we are pleased to further improve our Medical Billing and Coding program in an effort to help our students prepare for the federally required coding changes and help prepare graduates to take the most recognized certification exam in the field.” said Dara Warn, Chief Marketing and Product Officer, Penn Foster.
¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet here. Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.