You might’ve heard people talking about medical billing and coding as a great career option. It’s a growing industry, and there’s currently a huge need for medical billers and coders throughout the United States. Plus, there’s no four-year degree needed. But what exactly do medical billers and coders do? And how do you know if medical billing and coding is right for you?
What Professional Medical Billers Do
Also called “health claims specialists,” medical billers and coders process health insurance claims for a range of health care facilities, including hospitals, doctor’s offices and specialty centers. They use a computer system to choose the correct diagnosis and procedure codes for the services the patient received. They also track payments and work with other staff members to clarify insurance and billing issues.
Career and Earning Potential
Demand for medical billers and coders continues to grow. Government statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the demand for medical coders and billers is expected to grow by 11% by 2028. That’s much more than the national average.
How Much Money Do Medical Billers and Coders Make?
Salaries differ by how much experience you have, your employer and where in the country you work, but salary studies like the AAPC’s most recent salary survey list the average salary for medical coding positions is approximately $52,411 per year, plus great benefits.
What Might Make Someone a Good Medical Biller and Coder?
Medical billing might be a great fit for you if you’re interested in a health care career, but don’t necessarily know if you’d want to care for patients face-to-face in a medical setting. Billers work in an office. While they have to have knowledge of a range of health care and they sometimes talk with patients, they’re not expected to give care directly.
You might be a great medical biller or coder if you’re organized and have great attention to detail. To be successful, you’ll have to be good at keeping track of multiple pieces of information and ensuring accuracy.
How Long You Have to Go to Study to Be a Medical Biller
It takes much less time to get certified as a medical biller than it does to complete a traditional degree. In fact, Cambridge’s Medical Billing and Coding Program can take just under 38 weeks from start to finish. The exact timing for each student may differ, depending on individuals’ varying circumstances.
You can also study online to get your certification. Delivered through online chats, videos and bulletin board interactions, the Medical Billing and Coding Online program lets you study for your next career move while balancing the other things you have going on in your life, like caring for your family.
Get More Information on Medical Billing and Coding
To apply for our Medical Billing and Coding program or to learn more about the career, contact an advisor today. We’d love to talk with you about how we can help you jumpstart your career.