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8 FAQs about Becoming a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

medical billing and coding specialists 8 FAQs about becoming medical biller and coder career training What to know about medical billing and coding training at the Harris School!

Do you want to work in the healthcare field but are more technology-oriented?  A behind-the-scenes job as a medical billing and coding specialist could give you the independence and technical environment you desire in a healthcare profession.

Medical billing and coding specialists, also called health claims specialists or health information technicians, fulfill a unique role in the industry by making sure that healthcare providers and businesses are paid for their services while also helping to bill patients for the correct services and amounts.

A training program is the perfect way to prepare for a role in the medical billing and coding field. If you think that entering medical billing and coding school could benefit your stability and future, then there are some things to consider before applying for a training program. The Harris School of Business offers answers to eight frequently asked questions about medical billing and coding training, so you have all the information you need to think about your future career path.

Q #1: What do medical billers and coders do?

A: Medical billing and coding specialists, are the professionals who process, maintain, and submit health insurance claims. Their job is to ensure the quality, integrity, accuracy, and accessibility of paper and electronic files. During a typical work day, they review patient health records for completeness, accuracy, and quality. They organize data for clinical databases and track patient outcomes. They use specialized software to assign ICD-10 clinical codes that are used for reimbursement. They conduct a variety of electronic recording to collect, store, analyze, report on, and retrieve medical data. It’s crucial that medical billers and coders maintain the confidentiality of patient records and medical histories.

Q #2: What will I learn in the training program?

A: The Health Claims Specialist Plus training program at the Harris School provides students with the fundamentals of medical billing and coding. Students will receieve instruction on medical coding, insurance terminology and background, computerized billing simulations, hospital billing and coding forms, and electronic health record practicums, followed by a health claims specialist review. Students will complete their program with a real world internship or externship experience which can help them prepare for a successful career.

Q #3: How long does it take to complete the program?

A: Both daytime and evening classes are offered at the Harris School. If you choose a day time path, you could finish the program in 46.5 weeks…that’s less than a year! That’s a relatively short time frame for those who are eager to get out into the professional world. If you choose an evening course track, then you can expect to finish the program in 92.5 weeks or about two years. You can stay on track by remaining diligent and dedicated to your homework, studying for your exams, and regularly attending classes.

Q #4: How do I apply to the training program?

A: You can use our online form to start applying to the Harris School’s Health Claims Specialist Plus training program. After filling out the form one of our representatives will be happy to contact you to explain our admissions process. Next you will need to visit our school in person to complete the application process and participate in an admissions interview. We accept rolling admissions throughout the year. This means that if all your paperwork is in order, you could enter the training program in as little as six to eight weeks. If you need any assistance, just ask an admissions advisor. They are there to help make the admissions process go as smoothly as possible for you.

Q #5: Will I find a job upon graduation?

A: According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, careers in the medical records and health information technicians field are projected to grow by 13 percent from 2016-2026. This is a positive and much faster growth rate than the average for all occupations listed in the publication. Medical billing and coding is a popular career option for students because more and more health claims need to processed with a growing population and the aging baby boomer generation. Our Career Services Department is here to help you find a job, too! We try our best to match you with local career opportunities. Speak with our career advisors for job search advice, career networking tips, and practice with job interview sample questions. We even provide assistance with resume and cover letter writing. But remember, we can’t do all the work for you. You have to actively lead your own job search and take initiative to find the right job opportunities for you.

Q #6: How much can I expect to earn as a medical billing and coding specialist?

A: Like all other careers, the salary or wages for medical billing and coding specialists vary by geographic location, the facility where you work, and years of experience. Under the Pay section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook medical records and health information technician summary, a median annual wage is offered. The median figure means that half of the workers earned less than the median and the other half earned higher than the median. You may also find a list of median annual wages for the top industries where medical billers and coders may work.

Q #7: Does the Harris School offer financial aid?

A: Our incoming and currently enrolled students are encouraged to apply for the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You may be eligible for some form of financial assistance, but first you need to correctly fill out and submit the form to see! If you are not eligible for any financial assistance, you can always speak to our in-house financial aid advisors. We understand that finances can be burdensome, but we’ll try to help you come up with a payment plan that is convenient for you!

Q #8: Where is the Harris School of Business located?

A: Our Health Claims Specialist Plus program is offered at our Cherry Hill, Linwood, and Voorhees, New Jersey campuses. It is also featured at our Dover, Delaware location. If you want more information on this training program and our services, contact us today! You can also schedule a tour at any of our campuses. We offer more career training programs at our campuses in Upper Darby, PA, Wilmington, DE, and Danbury, CT. Consider becoming a part of the Harris School community today!