Exciting Medical Billing and Coding Opportunities
What is Medical Coding and Billing
Medical coding and billing are actually two separate processes. Medical coders and billers work under the supervision of the Financial Department. They are responsible in keeping records of all the patients, of medical procedures and of billing and insurance records. The translation of medical procedures into medical codes is performed by the medical coder. The medical biller then organizes the codes and assigns the financial costs to each of them and forwards the information to insurance companies or the patient. In layman's term a billing statement.
Health information technicians held about 186,300 jobs in 2012. Most health information technicians work in hospitals or physicians' offices.
How to Become a Medical Records or Health Information Technician
Health information technicians typically need a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation, although they may have an associate's degree. Many employers also require professional certification.
The median annual wage for health information technicians was $34,160 in May 2012.
Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.