In just one year, you can become trained as a health information professional
You don’t have to work directly with patients to have a gratifying career in the healthcare field. Plenty of healthcare jobs are based in offices and don’t involve any clinical patient contact. One of these career fields is medical billing and coding. If you’re good at keeping track of details and like the idea of working in an office, this career might be a good fit for you.
We’ve all filled out paperwork after a doctor’s visit, and most of us have seen insurance forms as a patient. In a medical billing and coding career, you would be the person on the other side of the desk. You would be processing patient records, reviewing insurance forms, and submitting claims to insurers.
Medical billers and coders are respected and valued professionals who help keep the healthcare system running smoothly. The American College for Medical Careers (ACMC) offers a Medical Billing and Coding program in its Orlando, Florida location. In just one year, you could be on your way to a professional, responsible, office-based position in this important field.
What does a medical billing and coding specialist do?
A medical billing and coding specialist processes health insurance claims, so that patients and insurance companies reimburse healthcare providers for their services. This way insurance companies and the patient pay their correct share of the bill for a particular visit or treatment. The job involves assigning special codes to the charts for each patient, as well as submitting the appropriate claims.
What is the work environment like?
After your training is complete, you can apply for positions not just in hospitals and doctors’ offices but in a wide range of other medical facilities that take insurance, include nursing homes, surgical centers, and urgent care centers. Insurance companies are another possible employer. These are not generally jobs where people can work from home.
How do I know if medical billing and coding is a good fit for me?
As you are choosing a career path to follow, take your time in doing your research. This is such an important decision, and you will want to pick a career that works for you. Your particular career goals and ambitions are most important.
To get a clearer picture of the field, take a look at A Day in the Life of a Medical Coder. In addition, there are a number of factors that attract many people to this career:
- What people earn in the field
Wages for medical billers and coders depend on where you live, whom you work for, and how much experience you have. One indicator is the median wage across the country, as shown in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, for the broader category of “health information technicians.” Another way to get a sense of the pay scale is to look at job postings near you, which sometimes list an hourly wage. This research can pay off since it helps you to get to know the local employers in your area who are hiring for these kinds of jobs.
- A pleasing work environment
If you’re accustomed to being on your feet all day, or if you work outside, working in an office can be a welcome change. If you want a workplace that is usually quiet, climate-controlled, and professional, medical billing and coding offers these advantages.
- A strong employment outlook
The “Job Outlook” section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook says that, in terms of a demand for health information technicians, the outlook is strong for the future: “Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” In fact, as the population ages, and more people are living longer, there is a greater demand for health services. And this will translate to more claims for reimbursement from insurance companies. According to the handbook, “Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of healthcare providers, could lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.”
What do I need to get started?
At ACMC, all you need is a high school degree (or equivalent) to begin training. If you focus on your classes and pass all your courses, you can complete this program in under a year. For people who are motivated to develop marketable skills, and do not want to attend a four-year college, a short-term training program like this can be a smart solution.
Enrolling is easy
We hope this article gave you a better understanding of the field of medical billing and coding as you are making a decision about your career options. At ACMC, it’s easy to get started in our Medical Billing and Coding program. Learn how to our enter our admissions process and you could be well on your way. Simply fill out our online information form, and we’ll contact you with more information.
We hope you begin your new career path at ACMC!