Discover the advantages of this essential healthcare role
Are you looking for a challenging and satisfying career in a the field of healthcare? The job of a medical billing and coding specialist might be for you. This position provides the information that insurance providers need, so they can reimburse the medical facility for its services. This is a job that requires attention to detail and an analytical mind. A successful billing and coding specialist can quickly review forms, find the correct procedural and diagnostic codes, and see when more information is needed about a certain procedure or diagnosis. The accuracy of the billing and coding is also important for patients: It helps ensure that they don’t overpay for their care.
Seacoast Career Schools offers training in medical billing and coding through their program called Health Claims Specialist. If you are a resident of the Manchester, New Hampshire area, this program may be something worth exploring. Find out why people are choosing this career path:
A positive job outlook
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook “Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” This positive outlook for the field makes this an attractive choice for many people.
A variety of challenges
Two days are rarely the same for a busy medical billing and coding specialist. Each patient you encounter is unique, and it’s your job to translate the patient visit into the proper insurance terminology. You will also use input from doctors and other healthcare providers to gather all the details you need. There are 14,400 different codes in the medical classification system used across the U.S., and an additional 16,000 codes provide “sub-code” classification. This means there are ongoing opportunities for learning. Hunting down the codes for procedures that are new to you can be challenging but gratifying. (Learn more about the billing and coding process.)
Training you can complete quickly
In about one year, you can complete training for this important career. If you’re looking for a job that does not require years of tuition and studying, this could be the opportunity you’re looking for.
A desirable work schedule
Medical billers and coders work for many different types of health care institutions. Many jobs are 9-to-5 jobs, some are based on hospital shifts, and others may offer flexible hours. Some medical coding and billing specialists even have the opportunity to work from home. Whether you like to start and end your day early or want to work around your kids’ schedule, this might be a profession where you can find a position to meet your needs.
If you’re looking for a career where you can keep learning, becoming a medical billing and coding specialist might be right for you. Find out more about programs in your area, and take the next step towards what could be a new healthcare career. Good luck!
This post is part of the weekly blog of Seacoast Career Schools, with campuses in Manchester, NH, and Sanford, ME. We’re committed to supporting our students in reaching their career goals. Interested in a professional training program? Contact us today to learn more, or to schedule a tour.