Medical billing and coding specialists organize, manage, and code health information data for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patient medical and treatment histories. Keeping the medical billing and coding cycle running smoothly ensures that providers get paid for services delivered and provider organizations remain open to deliver care to patients.
Medical billing and coding are separate processes, but both are essential to receiving payment for healthcare services. Medical coders analyze patient records and translate their medical information into universal codes. Medical billing professionals use these codes to create insurance claims and bills for patients.
Medical coding and billing can be challenging, and accuracy and attention to detail is essential in this profession. Medical coders and billers convert complex medical information into thousands of clearly defined codes, which requires knowledge of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and more. With their specialized knowledge, skills, and efficiency, medical billing and coding professionals are valued members of every healthcare team. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for medical coding and billing careers is bright, with a projected above-average growth rate of grow 8% between 2019 and 2029.
Ever-increasing demand makes this a reliably secure career choice that offers steady pay and advancement opportunities. The average hourly wage for a medical billing specialist in the U.S. is $20 as of July 2021. This can vary depending on factors such as education, certifications, and years of experience, but the range typically falls between $19 and $22.
As the aging population requires more medical tests, treatments, and procedures, there is no better time to earn your medical billing and coding certification. Dorson Vocational Training Institute offers a Certified Medical Billing & Coding Specialist online course comprised of six modules, and students will complete an externship in a doctor's office, clinic, hospital, or laboratory. We are fully licensed by the State of New Jersey and our courses are certified by The National Health Association.
Call us at 973-676-6300 or fill out our contact form to learn more about Dorson Vocational Training Institute’s Certified Medical Billing & Coding Specialist program or other healthcare classes and training programs.