Medical Insurance Coder/Biller
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 do not provide direct care, but they do communicate between medical offices, patients and insurance companies. They may clarify diagnoses or get additional information to make sure that records are complete and accurate. By assigning letters and numbers to diseases, injuries and medical procedures, they speed up the process of payment and ensure that records are correct.
Jackson College Offers the following program options:
A certificate is the minimum required to gain employment in the field, while one can enhance their career opportunities with an associate degree program. The College now offers the health administration/insurance specialist associate degree, which builds from the coder/biller program.
Also called health information technicians, a majority work for hospitals, while others work in physician’s offices, nursing and residential care facilities, or with government agencies.
Entry level pay scale ranges from about $24,000 to $34,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.