LDS Business College to Add Medical Coding Program

Contributed By From the Church News

  • 17 September 2013

Starting in October 2014, LDS Business College will begin a new medical coding training, partnering with Health Revenue Assurance Associates (HRAA) in order to meet the needs of the growing industry. Medical codes are used to translate medical procedures into standardized insurance billings.

“I particularly enjoyed LDSBC’s enthusiasm as we crafted a coding program model that not only meets the mission of the college but also the requirements for employment associated with the upcoming demand,” Joanne Schade-Boyce, HRAA’s director of education and curriculum, said in a press release.

A complete shift will occur in October 2014, when the 30-year-old ICD-9 codes, numbering 24,000 codes, will be replaced by 155,000 ICD-10 codes. In addition, students will be required to complete a 300-hour internship of coding experience.  

Craig Nelson, vice president of advancement at LDSBC, wants students to increase their marketability. “We’re preparing students looking for a way to gain expertise and experience,” he said.