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Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Jobs

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Medical insurance billing and coding is crucial to every facet of the health care industry. Why? Because properly maintaining medical billing claims records, insurance claims and payments ensure that health care systems, where monetary payments are involved, run as smoothly as possible during and after the course of patient treatment. As a result, documenting and preserving medical records is a critically important routine in clinical and hospital health care venues.

The job of a medical biller and coder goes far beyond just entering data. Medical biller and coders, in today’s computerized world, must be adept at using the latest medical billing software to store and retrieve information regarding the treatment of patients.

Every bit of detail about patient treatment is coded, including diagnosis, costs and amounts paid. Medical insurance billing claims are then transferred to the patient’s insurance company, after which the medical insurance biller and coder keeps an exact record on the insurance claim status.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment prospects* for medical insurance billers and coders, and health information technicians in the medical billing and coding career field are growing faster than the average for all occupations through 2020. As medical tests, treatment procedures and the general population live longer, qualified medical insurance biller and coders will be needed to keep pace with growing demand.*

Where Medical Billers and Coders Work

As recent as 2010, (U.S. Department of Labor Statistics), there were approximately 179,500 people filing medical insurance biller and coder jobs,. Roughly 39 percent of the positions were in hospitals. Health care technicians and medical billers and coders are found in such areas as offices of physicians, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers and home health care services. A medical biller and coder may also opt to pursue employment in federal government agencies.

Contact Everest today to learn more about how you can start training for a medical biller and coder job.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (visited May 21, 2013).


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