Medical Billing & Coding Specialists, also known as Medical Billing & Coding Technicians, play a key role in the delivery of patient care. Often working from home, Medical Billing & Coding Specialists monitor administered medical care and record and process patient data. This includes treatment records, insurance plan information, payment data and more. Most importantly, Medical Coding & Billing Specialists code medical diagnoses to request payment from patients’ insurance providers.
Medical Billing & Coding Specialists support staff in physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals, outpatient care facilities, insurance companies and more.
What Does a Medical Billing & Coding Specialist Do?
Medical Billing & Coding Specialists are responsible for a wide range of administrative tasks related to the delivery of medical care. Responsibilities of the Medical Billing & Coding Specialist position include:
- Administration of electronic health records
- Ensuring HIPPA compliance in record keeping
- Using medical billing software to submit claims and request patient payment
- Managing medical billing systems
Without an effective and efficient Medical Billing & Coding Specialist on staff, healthcare providers would struggle to maintain the income necessary to continue business.
What Do I Need to Become a Medical Billing & Coding Specialist?
To become a Medical Billing & Coding Specialist, candidates must first obtain training and certification. Cambridge College of Health & Technology offers a fast-paced, online based, Medical Billing & Coding certification program designed to prepare students for successful careers in the field. The online program can be completed in as little as nine months.
Many organizations offer credentials following successful examination, including the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
What Is the Employment Outlook for a Medical Billing & Coding Specialist?
Changes in insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, combined with the increasing use of electronic medical records management systems, have led to a surge in employment opportunities for qualified Medical Billing & Coding specialists. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities for Medical Billing & Coding Specialists are expected to grow 20 percent between 2010 and 2020.
The projected increase in employment, and the likelihood of ongoing use of EMR, offers significant opportunities for qualified Medical Billing & Coding Specialists.
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