To determine whether this a desirable career for you in healthcare, find out what you can expect
Seacoast Career Schools offers a medical billing and coding specialist program that students can complete in less than a year. That means that, in less than a year, you could gain the skills and training to start your first job as a health claims specialist. If you think this might be an interesting path, take a moment to learn about some of the benefits that you may find in a medical billing and coding role:
1. Move past the “dead-end” jobs
Andrea Goodrich, a recent graduate of the medical billing and coding program at Seacoast Career Schools, summed up up one of the pros of this profession: “After working in series of dead-end jobs, I knew I needed a career where I could earn more pay and have opportunities to move up,” said Andrea. She was looking for a job with more security and opportunity, and thought that this was a good choice because, as she says, “Even if the economy is bad, people with training in the medical field will always be needed.”
2. Positive projected employment 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. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.” This positive outlook is one reason why people are choosing this career field.
3. Quick-entry into healthcare field
A medical billing and training program can be completed within one year—so if you’re looking for a job in healthcare and want to get started quickly, this could be a great fit for you.
4. Work in a variety of healthcare settings
A medical billing and coding specialist may work for any healthcare institution that processes patient claims for reimbursement with insurance companies. The hours and environment will depend on whether you’re working in a hospital or an office setting. Hospitals are open 24/7 and offer shift work as well as evening and weekend hours. Private practice offices tend to be open more during business hours, and may not require as much evening or weekend work.
5. A degree of responsibility
Whether you work for a hospital, a private physician’s office, an insurance company, or any other healthcare facility, your task will be to ensure accuracy and completeness of claims. You may be trying to resolve conflicting information, seek to verify information under a tight deadline, or clarify a diagnosis.
6. Performing a balancing act
As a medical billing and coding specialist, you’ll be communicating with physicians, nurses, patients, and healthcare companies. Everyone has different needs, and you’ll need to make sure that you make the appropriate choice on every claim. This job requires that you can remain calm and composed when communicating with the different parties concerned with patient billing and coding.
7. Always something new to learn
Electronic Health Records (EHR) and health insurance claim codes are constantly changing and being updated. It’s not a skillset that you learn once and are done. It can require continuing education, in addition to keeping up to date with technology, learning new codes, and even being able to decipher the handwriting of physician you work with!
Still interested in pursuing a career as a medical billing and coding specialist? Learn more about the essential aspects of this job, and the detailed process involved. Perhaps make a list of the skills you already have, and read about even more reasons to become a medical billing and coding specialist. It could be your first step towards a gratifying new career in healthcare!
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