Health Information Management, Billing and Coding (HIMBC) Program
Diploma Program Overview
The Blue Cliff College Diploma in Health Information Management, Billing and Coding (HIMBC)
provides a basic study of software applications, medical insurance and billing, medical office
administration, as well as a comprehensive study of medical science of the human body including anatomy and medical terminology. Graduates will have the ability to code patients’ medical information for insurance purposes and use computer programs to tabulate and analyze data to improve patient care.
Blue Cliff College’s HIMBC classes are conducted by qualified and experienced instructors that create an engaging classroom setting. Classes offer hands-on training of today’s most common medical billing and coding software applications. We offer flexible class scheduling including some training available online. There’s even an externship component included in the health information management training program to help students refine their skills in a real-world medical office setting.
What does a HIMBC Specialist do?
HIMBC Specialists organize, manage, and code health information data. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, HIMBC Specialists typically perform the following duties¹:
- Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
- Use classification systems to assign clinical codes for insurance reimbursement and data analysis
- Review patients’ records for timeliness, completeness, and accuracy
- Organize and update patient information in clinical databases or registries
- Maintain confidentiality of patients’ records (HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
Those in health information management occupations regularly work with nurses and other healthcare professionals – making them an integral part of any medical facility. The Blue Cliff College HIMBC Diploma program is designed to help you get these skills in engaging classes along with hands-on training.
How long is HIMBC Specialist training?
The normal completion time for the 65 credit hour program is 12 months for the day and 15 months for the evening. HIMBC Diploma programs are offered on campus and online. Upon successful completion of the program and all other graduation requirements, a diploma in Health Information Management, Billing and Coding will be awarded.
What will you learn in HIMBC Specialist training?
The Blue Cliff College Health Information Management, Billing and Coding Diploma program allows students to learn about the technical skills, various software applications, and basic operations of medical office administration. The health information management curriculum teaches students the skills they may need to keep medical offices running smoothly and efficiently. These skills could possibly help our students in their potential career path in health information management occupations.
Blue Cliff College’s HIMBC Specialist program includes:
- Introduction to Health Management
- Medical Terminology 1
- Anatomy and Physiology 1
- Medical Administrative Procedures
- Introduction to Data Management
- Health Information Security and Privacy
- Medical Terminology 2
- Anatomy and Physiology 2
- Medical Coding and Billing 1
- Reimbursement Methodologies
- Electronic Health Records 1
- Medical Forms and Insurance
- Pharmacology for Health Information Management
- Patient Billing and Collection Process
- Electronic Health Records 2
- Medical Coding and Billing 2
- Medical Coding and Billing 3
- Professional Development
The health information management classes at Blue Cliff offer hands-on training of today’s most common medical billing and coding software applications. We offer flexible class scheduling including some training available online. There’s even an externship component included in the health information management training program to help students refine their skills in a real-world medical office setting!
Where do HIMBC Specialists work?
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook HIMBC Specialists typically work full time and may work days, nights, or weekends depending on the hours of the medical facility². The top five employers of HIMBC Specialists are:
- 33% – Local, Private, and State Hospitals
- 10% – Physicians Office
- 7% – Local, Private, and State Educational Services
- 6% – Federal Government
- 5% – Professional, scientific, and technical services
The diploma program prepares the graduate for entry-level positions in the healthcare field as a coding specialist, insurance claims specialist/representative, front desk/receptionist and billing and collections.
What is the Job Outlook for HIMBC Specialists?
The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of HIMBC Specialists to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030³.
HIMBC Specialist Training Near Me
Our HIMBC diploma program is available at the following campus locations:
A Branch of Metairie
1505 Metro Drive, Suite I
Alexandria, LA 71301
A Branch of Metairie
12251 Bernard Parkway
Gulfport, MS 39503
More about Careers in HIMBC Specialists
For more information about a career as a HIMBC Specialist, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website.
Standard Occupational Code (SOC):
29-2072.00 – Medical Records Specialists
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP):
51.0713 – Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Program Specific Application Requirements
None. See Blue Cliff College’s college admissions process here.
Licensing Information and Accreditation
State requirements and licensing may vary from state to state. Blue Cliff College is:
- Licensed by Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, License No. C–110
- Licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Regents
- Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the US Department of Education.