Medical Billing & Coding

For those career minded students who wish to be a part of the fastest-growing career in a Medical field, but would prefer to remain on the business, rather than clinical side, Medical Billing and Coding is an outstanding choice, not to mention, a very in-demand field! Medical Billing and Coding at the College for Technical Education is a twofold education in technique and professionalism. Physician’s Offices, Hospitals, and independent billing offices use professional billing and coding personnel to ensure proper payment of medical claims. Billing and coding students will learn how to properly code for hospital and physician offices for insurance companies. Students will understand the operation of medical offices as well as the professionalism required.

Medical Billing and Coding leads directly to employment in the allied health field and may give the future option of working as an independent contractor.

Program Objectives
  1. To encourage students to think critically in understanding the methods of coding.
  2. Have an understanding of reading from patient charts and pulling the necessary information in order to code correctly.
  3. Have an understanding of how insurance payments are processed through the use of coding.
  4. Build professionalism required in the health care field through communication practice written and verbal.
Job Outlook

Employment of medical records and health information technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

An aging population will require more medical services, and health information technicians will be needed to organize and manage the older generations’ health information data. This will mean more claims for reimbursement from insurance companies.

Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of healthcare providers, will lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.

Cancer registrars are expected to continue to be in high demand. As the population ages, there will likely be more types of special purpose registries because many illnesses are detected and treated later in life.

  1. The median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $40,350 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,550, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $66,260.In May 2018, the median annual wages for medical records and health information technicians in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
    Hospitals; state, local, and private $43,470
    Professional, scientific, and technical services 41,890
    Administrative and support services 41,800
    Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities) 37,630
    Offices of physicians 35,520

    Most health information technicians work full time. In healthcare facilities that are always open, such as hospitals, technicians may work evening or overnight shifts.

Possible Career Paths

  • Medical Records Coordinator.
  • Medical Coding Specialist.
  • Medical Billing Specialist.
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Health Information Specialist.
  • Medical Records Clerk.
  • Health Information Clerk.

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