If you have proven that you have a want and a need to succeed in the medical field then you are among the hundreds of people that a wanting to start off their career in the medical billing and coding field. Medical billing and coding specialists will have the responsibility to sort through the physician’s notes, lab results about the patient’s signs and symptoms to find the patients diagnostics.
As many professional coders will tell you, this can be stressful, confusing and above all difficult in part due to the fact that it will involve quite a few rules based on guidelines followed by medical coders around the U.S.
Some of the most common questions asked by perspective medical billing and coding specialist include:
- What can I expect out of a typical workday?
- What is average annual salary for a medical billing and coder?
- What type of training will I need to complete in order to gain employment in this field?
Keep reading and your will find the following questions answered.
As stated above, the career of medical billing and coding specialist can be very stressful. Medical coders have often been described as detectives. As they work to decode a patient’s medical chart they have to unlock the mysteries to their diagnosis to ensure that they accurately place it with the proper code. As a coder, unlike a biller, you will often be working on your own with little to no interaction with people. If you would rather work with people then you may want to look into becoming a biller.
Medical Billing and Coding Education
While there are vocational schools, college and even universities that will make it possible for you to obtain the education and skills needed to be employed as a professional coder. There are even some facilities that will provide you with training on the job. Training on the job generally will take years for you to become proficient as a coder.
Once you have graduated from an accredited medical billing and coding program you will then have to apply for and pass your certification exam also known as a CPC exam. Becoming a certified professional can make it easier for you to find a position as a medical biller and coder to allow you to earn a higher wage.
For more information on what is required to apply for the CPC exam you can contact the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) at:
American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
2480 South 3850 West, Suite B
Salt Lake City, UT 84120
Toll Free: 800-626-2633
For more information on what is required to apply for the Medical Billing exam you can also contact the Healthcare Billing and Management Association at:
Healthcare Billing and Management Association (HBMA)
1540 South Coast Highway Suite 203
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (877) 640-4262
Fax: (949) 376-3456
Medical Billing and Coding Annual Salary
Since the medical billing and coding field is in such high demand it is expected that the annual salary for medical billing and coding specialist will also grow. Due to the various healthcare facilities and companies that employ medical billing specialist the pay scale will vary. When it comes to figuring the actual amount a medical biller or coder will make will also vary depending on location, training, current economy and above all your educational background.
Once you have figured in the entire variable mentioned above, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average salary will range between $36,000-$44,000/annually. On the low end a medical employee could expect to see a lower salary of approximately $31,000, while on the high end some would see as much as $48,000 yearly. It is important to note that the above mentioned pay scale, variables aside, will truly determine on you. If you work hard and receive the best possible training then you will begin to see your salary rise through pay increases and possible promotions.
Ceete Sheekels is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and a Certified Evaluation & Management Coder (CEMC) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). She currently works as a Certified Professional Coder Instructor (CPC-I). Her years in the healthcare industry, CPC instructor certification training and her Bachelors in English and Literary arts makes her an ideal source for well written and well informed medical billing and coding specialist articles. If you plan on entering into the medical billing and coding field, you may wish to visit her website at AboutMedicalBillingAndCoding.Org so you can obtain the information needed to get you started on the right track in a high demand field. http://www.aboutmedicalbillingandcoding.org/