Medical billing and coding is emerging as a great career opportunity in the healthcare field. Most jobs in the healthcare industry require years of specialized training and advanced schooling. Training for a career as a medical biller or medical coder, on the other hand, can be completed in as little as one year. Medical billers and medical coders generally work in administrative settings that include doctors’ offices, hospitals, nursing and residential facilities, among other healthcare-related places. Medical billers are responsible for coding and categorizing patient information for reimbursement purposes, maintaining patient health records, and performing other administrative tasks in a healthcare office.
Constantly Changing: Never Stop Learning
One benefit of working in medical billing is that you never stop learning. Best practices and standards of insurance billing, Medicare, and Medicaid are continually changing. The ability to continue to learn and adapt to new practices is an important trait for every medical biller and medical coder. The medical coding system in the U.S. is scheduled to switch over from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on October 1, 2015. ICD-9 and ICD-10 are medical condition classifications system used by medical billers and coders. This is just one example of the ever-changing landscape of medical billing and coding. This switchover is also a potential benefit to new medical billers and coders, as it is a new system that everyone will be using in the healthcare industry as of October 1, 2015. With this switchover, there’s never been a better time to go to school for medical billing and medical coding.
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing career sectors in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in the medical records and health information technicians category is expected to grow by 22% from 2012-2022, which is much faster than average.
Different Types of Jobs as a Medical Biller
Depending on employer requirements, graduates of the Medical Administration and Billing Diploma Program at Dorsey Schools may qualify for a variety of medical biller jobs that include medical coder, health information clerk, health information technician, health information specialist, medical records clerk, and medical records technician. Starting a career as a medical biller is a great introduction to the healthcare field, where you can gain a lot of experience and later advance your responsibilities/duties and go back to school to further your education for additional career opportunities.
Medical Administration and Billing Diploma Program at Dorsey Schools
The Medical Administration and Billing Diploma Program at Dorsey Schools is designed to provide students with the knowledge and hands-on training for a career in medical billing. The course’s curriculum includes training in computer technology, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, records and database management, medical billing and coding, and more. During the last module of the program, each student will go out on externship for the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned throughout their training in an actual occupational setting (such as a doctor’s office, long-term facility, or another medical facility). Although certification isn’t included in the curriculum, our program will help prepare students to go on to challenge a national certification exam, and a one-time sit fee is included in the tuition. For more information on Dorsey Schools’ Medical Administration and Billing Diploma Program, click here.
The Medical Administration and Billing Program is offered at the following Dorsey Schools campus locations: Dearborn, MI; Farmington Hills, MI; Lansing, MI; Madison Heights, MI; Roseville, MI; Saginaw, MI; Southgate, MI; Waterford-Pontiac, MI; and Wayne, MI.
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