Where does a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist work?
A career as a Medical Coding and Billing Specialist is dynamic, highly rewarding and well respected in health care today. Due to the rapidly growing health care industry, this career offers a good paying job and security against recession. Medical coding and billing specialists are employed by hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), long-term care facilities, mental health care facilities, government agencies and insurance companies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, including medical coding and billing professionals, is expected to increase by 30% from 2012-2022. This “faster than average for all occupations” increase is due to many factors, including the increased demand for health care services by the aging population.
The average annual income for these careers is $38,114 -$42,563. The role of Medical Billing and Coding Specialist is undergoing dramatic changes with the implementation of ICD10 coding criteria and the federally mandated compliance with electronic medical records.Our area employers state they are poised to grow and will strongly value the applicant with current knowledge of the industry standards.
When you have successfully completed the program, you will receive a proficiency certificate from NVCC. Certification is a credential offered by a professional organization and may cost as much as $250.00 or more. This cost is not included in the tuition cost.
Certification may improve your job prospects and help you gain professional recognition. Several examples (there are others) include: