Written by Erin Stalcup for World Education
If you’ve ever had to deal with insurance companies or had any medical procedures, you know that the codes used to bill your insurance are extensive and very important in anything your doctor does. But have you ever considered the people behind the scenes running all those codes and doing their best to translate the doctor’s request to the insurance companies? Medical billers and coders are a huge, integral part of every single process done in a medical office or hospital setting. It’s also a great field to get into for a long-term career choice.
Have you considered a career in medical billing and coding? Not only is this job essential to all medical practices and therefore a highly sought-after field, but many companies allow coders to work remotely from home full time regardless of the state of the world. Salaries are generally competitive due to the demand as well.
To become a medical biller and coder, you must complete a training program and pass a variety of certification exams. World Education has a Certified Medical Biller and Coding program that trains students in CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-10 for coding, as well as working with insurance providers. This is a 12-month program that covers everything you need to know in order to pass the certification exams* required for the job. After successful completion of this program, you’ll be provided a voucher that will allow you to sit for the AAPC certified professional coder certification examination along with a one-year membership of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
If you’re looking for a long-term desk job to call a career, medical billing and coding is a great option!
*Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your state's requirements for employment by visiting your state's occupation board.