Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
An aging population will require more medical services, and health information technicians will be needed to organize and manage the older generations’ health information data. This will mean more claims for reimbursement from insurance companies.
Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of healthcare providers, will lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.
Medical Insurance Billers and Coders organize and manage health information data and are responsible for documenting patients’ health information, including medical histories, symptoms, examination and test results, treatments, and other information about health care services provided to patients. Their duties vary by employer and by the size of the facility in which they work.
Medical Insurance Billers and Coders routinely perform a variety of important tasks, including:
- Scheduling patient appointments.
- Reviewing patients’ records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data.
- Organizing and maintaining data for clinical databases and registries.
- Tracking patient outcomes for quality assessment.
- Using classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis.
- Electronically recording data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting.
- Maintaining confidentiality of patients’ records.
The Medical Insurance Biller and Coder program at North-West College focuses on teaching the skills and best practices needed to work in a health care or medical office, including medical terminology and basic human anatomy, front office procedures, how to submit medical claims, insurance reimbursement, managed care procedures, computer billing applications and computer medical coding.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (visited March 2019).
** North-West College cannot guarantee employment.
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