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Medical Insurance Biller & Coder

Recording and coding patient health information

The number of health insurance customers and people using health care services today is greater than ever as the aging population increases and more individuals have access to health insurance programs. As a result, there is a greater need for trained Medical Insurance Billers and Coders to organize and manage health care information data.

Medical Insurance Billers and Coders and other health information technicians are responsible for documenting and recording patients’ health information, including medical histories, symptoms, examination test results, treatments, and other information about health care services that are provided to patients. Their duties vary by employer and by the size of the facility in which they work.

Although Medical Insurance Billers and Coders do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with physicians, registered nurses and other health care professionals to clarify diagnoses or to get additional information to ensure that patient records are complete and accurate.

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The Medical Insurance Biller & Coder program at North-West College is a professional health care training course designed to provide the fundamental knowledge and education needed to begin working with medical and insurance records as a medical biller, professional coder or other medical office professional.

Graduates of the program routinely find jobs working in:

  • Physician’s offices
  • Medical clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing care facilities
  • And other health care related facilities.

Quick Facts about Medical Insurance Billers & Coders*

  • Employment of Medical Insurance Billers is projected to grow 15 percent nationally from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The increasing adaptation and use of electronic health records (EHRs) will continue to change the job responsibilities of Medical Insurance Billers.
  • Most Medical Insurance Billers work full time. In healthcare facilities that are always open, such as hospitals, they may work evening or overnight shifts.
  • An aging population will require more medical services, and Medical Insurance Billers and Coders will be needed to organize and manage the older generations’ health information data.
  • Medical Insurance Billers typically work in offices and may spend many hours in front of computer monitors. Some technicians may work from home.
*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htmMore information, including median wages and the job outlook for Medical Insurance Billers in California can be found in the California Occupational Guide published by the State of California Employment Development Department. For the latest national information, please visit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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