Employment of health information technicians (which includes Medical Insurance Billers and Coders) 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 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 healthcare services provided to patients. Their duties vary by employer and by the size of the facility in which they work.
Medical 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 maintain 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
Benefits of Online Learning
Distance Education programs like the Online Medical Billing and Coding program offer greater opportunities to students who might otherwise face challenges attending traditional on-ground classes.
Here are other benefits you get from Online Learning:
- Students receive the same quality of instruction offered in a traditional classroom setting.
- Classes are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, anywhere you can access the Internet, providing the flexibility to attend classes around work and family obligations.
- Lessons can be paused and resumed at any time allowing students to learn at their own pace.
- Students can communicate with instructors via chat and email without needing to wait for office hours, and can participate in discussions with classmates via online forums.
- Students use technology and communications tools employed in the workplace.
- Online programs reduce travel time and costs commuting to school.
This Online program offers the same level of education and training provided in a traditional classroom program with the added convenience and flexibility to attend classes from anywhere via the Internet.
* 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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