A career in the field of health information can be rewarding
Orlando, FL: Students who attend the American College for Medical Careers are busy preparing for new careers in the field of healthcare and allied health. One of the popular programs is our Medical Billing and Coding training program. This program trains students with all the skills they need for becoming a medical biller or medical coder, such as processing health insurance claims, coding patient procedures, creating electronic health records, filing forms with Medicare, and keeping track of billing records.
If you want to find out more about this career path, learn what medical billers and coders do on the job. Next, take a look at some of the benefits that a career in medical billing and coding can bring you.
1. You are a valuable part of the healthcare system
If you are tired of dead end jobs where you feel your time is not valued, it may be time for a career change. Medical billers and coders are important members of the healthcare industry. They help ensure that medical providers get paid for the services they deliver. As a link between providers, patients, and insurers, they provide important functions such as:
- Determining the accurate medical codes to assign to a patient’s diagnosis
- Inserting the correct codes on claim forms for medical procedures and surgeries
- Processing patients’ health insurance claims through private insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid
- Keeping electronic health records up to date with the proper codes
- Helping patients understand the part of the bill they must pay
- Following up on claims that haven’t been paid
- Processing invoices and payments
2. It is a comfortable office job
If you like the idea of working in healthcare, but you don’t want the physical demands of caring directly for patients, then an office job might appeal to you. Medical billers and coders work at desks for most of the work day, and spend most of the time on their computers. They work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities. Unlike patient care jobs, you will not need to be on your feet all day. You will have a climate-controlled office environment where you can work comfortably.
3. You can finish your training in less than one year
A four-year college degree is not the best choice for everyone. If you are looking for a program that takes a shorter amount of time, you may find that getting trained as a medical biller or medical coder is a good option. Many training programs take less than one year to complete. There are also 2-year associate’s degree programs in this field if you prefer to get a higher degree. Getting into the workforce in just 1-2 years is one of the reasons you might want to consider this field.
4. Many medical billing and coding jobs are full time with benefits
A good number of medical billing and coding jobs are full-time jobs with benefits. Having healthcare benefits as part of your job is important to many people. It gives you the peace of mind that you will have health insurance if you or your family members need it. Depending on the job, you may also have other benefits such as paid vacation or a retirement plan.
5. Good working hours
Medical billers and coders tend to have decent working hours. Those who work in medical offices usually work regular business hours, with very little evening or weekend work. Those who work in hospitals may need to do evening or weekend hours or some shift work, but in general, you will find that your hours are predictable.
With these five reasons, we hope you are better able to decide whether you want to become a medical billing and coding specialist. For those living in the Orlando area, feel free to contact ACMC to learn more about this interesting field.