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We offer 469 courses at Northwest Technical College. Select a subject below to get a listing of the courses in that subject. Click on a course to see the description and detailed information about the course. To see when these classes are available to take, please see the Current Class Schedule.

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Medical Secretary Courses

ADMM 1140

Medical Billing/Insurance

Credits: 3

Description: This course provides information related to medical billing and health insurance. Topics covered include billing and statement preparation in the medical office, introduction to medical coding, types of health insurance coverage, insurance claim processes and related ethical and legal issues. Prerequisite(s): None

Credit Breakdown: 2/1/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.

Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate thinking/active learning skills.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication/interaction skills.
  3. Demonstrate career/computation skills.


  1. Recognize the importance of obtaining certification and membership status
  2. Understand laws, regulations, and penaties associated with coding compliance
  3. Understand the ethics of a medical coder
  4. Prepare for an internal and an external audit.
  5. Understand Medicare Insurance and Medicaid insurance
  6. Recognize the difference between primary and secondary insurance.
  7. Understand the TRICARE and CHAMPVA insurance.
  8. Recognize the different types of insurance reimbursement fraud and abuse.
  9. Study a completed insurance claim.
  10. Know when and how to rebill and appeal insurance claims.
  11. Understand worker's compensation insurance and disability insurance.

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with Learning Services Director in Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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