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