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Benefits of a Medical Billing and Coding Career

medical billing and coding career benefits, photo of health insurance claimIf you want a new career, consider becoming a Health Claims Specialist

Did you know that there are jobs in the field of healthcare that do not require a college degree? One of them is the Health Claims Specialist—also known as a medical billing and coding specialist.

Health claims specialists are responsible for preparing insurance claim forms for submission to third party insurers. Their role is essential in order for the insurance reimbursement system to work.

If you like the idea of office work in the healthcare field, this may be a potential new career for you. And the good news is that you can get trained for this career in less than one year. Check out five benefits to choosing this career to determine whether this may be the right career for you.

1. You will be making a difference
Medical billers and coders are essential to the healthcare system. Without them, the payment and reimbursement systems for doctors’ offices and hospitals would come to a halt. Health claims specialists provide an important service to patients by serving as the link between the doctors and the insurers. They are the ones who submit your claims to the insurers and make sure that your insurance pays its part of the bill. If you choose this career, you will know that you are making a difference.

2. You can get trained in just one year
If you need to get into the workforce quickly, then a short-term training program may be a good option for you. Training for medical billing and coding jobs can be completed in as little as one year. You will learn about insurance terminology, how to code insurance claims, how billing systems work, and how to work with industry software. This training will prepare you for entry level positions in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare facilities.

3. Your skills are portable
Medical coding and billing skills are something that can be used in any healthcare facility anywhere in the country. Medical billers and coders can work in many different facilities, including hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, long term care facilities, surgical centers, and specialty offices. Having skills that are portable and transferable is important in a changing economy.

4. Office jobs are comfortable
Everyone has a different idea of the ideal job. If you are the type of person who likes the benefits of an office environment, then this job field could be a good fit. Imagine having your own desk, being in a climate-controlled room all day, and working in a relatively quiet and professional atmosphere. Not bad!

5. The US Department of Labor predicts a positive job outlook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Department of Labor) projects that the job outlook for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians will be positive. The handbook says, “Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” This projection is based on the growth of the healthcare industry and the aging baby boom generation. When you are starting a new career, it is a good idea to check the job outlook projection to make sure it’s a field that is expect to grow.

If these five reasons sound appealing to you, why not consider this career path? To find out more, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook or try 5 Things to Know About Becoming a Medical Biller or Coder.

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The Harris School of Business offers a Health Claims Specialist Plus program at three campuses in south Jersey (Cherry Hill, Voorhees, and Linwood) as well as in Hamilton, NJ and Dover, DE. Visit us online to learn more.