The medical billing and coding field involves organizing and managing health information data, both on paper and electronically. These professionals ensure quality, accuracy, accessibility and security for patient data. They are trained to use various classification systems to code and categorize information for insurance reimbursement, payment databases and patients’ medical files.
Medical billing and coding jobs encompass a variety of tasks:
Review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy and appropriateness of data.
Track patient outcomes for quality assessment.
Use classification software to assign codes for reimbursement and data analysis.
Electronically record, organize and maintain data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval and reporting.
Protect patients’ health information for confidentiality, authorized access for treatment and data security.
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED and postsecondary nondegree award (certificate)
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing much faster than average (15 percent projected growth)*
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