Check out why this exciting healthcare job might be right for you
You want to work in the healthcare industry, but you aren't sure you really want to be on the front line of clinical care. You would love a job that challenges your problem-solving skills. You want a fast-paced job. Becoming a medical billing and coding specialist might be the right career move for you!
Medical billing and coding specialists work to ensure that medical procedures and diagnoses are coded accurately so that insurance claims and patient billing can be processed quickly and efficiently. This is a very important role in the healthcare industry as it leads to healthcare providers receiving payment for their services in a timely manner.
Here are some great reasons to consider enrolling in a medical billing and coding specialist program to get started on the path to employment.
A healthy number of job opportunities
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job-growth rate for medical billing and coding specialists is 13% between 2016 and 2026. This is largely due to the fact that as the baby-boomer generation ages, they are needing more medical services. Because of this, more billing and coding specialists will be needed to handle the volume of claims to be processed.
A behind-the-scenes, important role
Medical billing and coding specialists play an integral role in the daily administrative operations of a healthcare facility. You won't have direct contact with patients or physicians unless you have a question or need clarification as you search for the proper codes for a diagnosis or procedure. But, when you process claims and bills accurately and efficiently on a consistent basis, you'll help physicians receive payment for services rendered as well as ensure that patients are billed only for the portion they are responsible for.
Potential to work remotely
Since medical and billing specialists work independently and don't often need to interact with others in the office to complete their tasks, some employers might offer the option to work remotely. If working from home is something that appeals to you and an employer is supportive of that arrangement, you would simply need a computer, phone and high-speed Internet access along with your code manual.
Get into the workforce fast
Training is needed to become a medical billing and coding specialist. At ACMC, you'll take classes in electronic health records, how to use the International Classification of Diseases manual (ICD-10), basic medical terminology and physiology, and medical law and ethics. You will also gain real-world experience through an externship. This program can be completed in about a year, which means you will be ready to jump quickly into a job search armed with the knowledge and tools you'll need to begin your career as a medical billing and coding specialist!
We hope this information has been useful as you decide which career path to follow!
This article is part of the weekly blog of the American College for Medical Careers in Orlando, FL. We offer a medical billing and coding program as well as other professional training programs. For more information, please contact us or apply online.