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Medical Insurance Coder/Biller

With the growing complexity of health care, employers are looking for individuals with a good background of knowledge in coding and billing. To help meet this need, Jackson College has developed a medical insurance coder/biller program, with certificate and associate degree options available.

For every instance that a patient receives care, a health care professional maintains a record of the observations, medical or surgical interventions, and treatment outcomes, with proper medical insurance codes. Medical billers and coders communicate between medical offices, patients and insurance companies. By assigning letters and numbers to diseases, injuries and medical procedures, they speed up the process of payment and ensure that records are correct. Coder-billers need to understand medical terminology, diagnosis and pharmacology.

Medical coder billers may work in large facilities like a hospital, in smaller facilities such as a nursing home or laboratory clinic, or in doctor’s offices. If someone is interested in a specialized field, such as pediatric or ophthalmology, it will benefit them to have coder/biller experience in that area. Students will gain a broad knowledge of medical billing and coding, as well as medical record keeping. Students going into this field should have good organization and time management skills, be good with numbers and memorization, and be able to maintain privacy and confidentiality associated with medical records.

Employment Outlook

Job prospects are expected to be good – with growth of 14 to 20 percent -- for medical insurance coder billers over the next several years, because of the rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments and procedures. Average wages for the field range from about $24,000 to $29,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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