As with most allied healthcare professions, becoming a medical billing and coding specialist doesn’t require a medical degree. Generally, a program at an accredited school – less than a year of training – is sufficient, making this a practical way to start a new career.
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Medical Billing and Coding Career Information
Medical billers and coders collect, analyze, and manage the information that steers the healthcare industry. They have an advanced knowledge of insurance and medical claims processing in accordance with professional, legal, and insurance industry standards. At the heart of the profession’s information responsibilities are records, both computer and paper based. Medical billers and coders orchestrate collection of many kinds of documentation from a variety of sources, monitor the integrity of the information, and ensure appropriate access to the individual record.
Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will mean more claims for reimbursement from insurance companies.
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.
MK Education’s Medical Billing and Coding course introduces students to the profession of medical billing and coding for hospitals and clinics. From a trained professional, students will learn the important fundamentals of proper medical coding and how to impact achieving the financial goals of major medical practices. Preparation for the following 3 national certification exams can be gained through this training -
Billing and Coding Specialist Certification (CBCS) by NHA
Certified Coding Associate (CCA) by AHIMA
Certified Professional Coder (CPC) by AAPC