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What are some AHIMA-approved programs?

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Approved American Health Information Management Association programs include the Health Information Coding Specialist certificate program from the Great Falls College at Montana State University, and the Medical Information Coder program from Palm Beach State College. The Medical Coding and Billing program at Delaware County College is also an approved AHIMA program.

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The Health Information Coding Specialist program at Great Falls College teaches students to convert verbal details of diseases, injuries and medical techniques into alphanumeric names, which they can use for research, data retrieval and claims procedures. Students learn to develop communication skills that are essential within the health care environment and get to qualify for the Certified Coding Associate exam upon completion. Courses covered include coding, medical science and business mathematics.

Palm Beach State College requires applicants to attend online sessions, complete foundation courses and submit finished verification request forms to meet the requirements of acceptance into the Medical Information Coder program. Students learn about fundamentals of medical coding, pathophysiology and pharmacology for health information, as well as anatomy and physiology. Qualified students can get jobs as medical coders and health insurance specialists.

Delaware’s medical coding program teaches students about the medical terms associated with human body systems and the terminologies used for discussing ethical and legal issues. Students learn about different coding systems and also acquire knowledge on private and government medical compensation systems. They receive certificates of proficiency in medical coding and billing upon completion and get the chance to sit for the CCA certification exam.

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