A quick glance through job hiring sites, including Indeed and CareerBuilder, show a considerable number of positions available in the fields of Medical Coding and Medical Billing. In almost every case, the job description reads something like this:
Knowledge of medical coding and billing systems…strong understanding of the medical billing and coding process…knowledge of HCPCS…knowledge of ICD-10…knowledge of medical terminology…”
Searching the sites is a fast way to realize that it is a must to be familiar with the systems and terminology used in these highly specialized fields. This is one of the reasons that earning a Certificate of Completion in job-related training, and a professional designation, can become critical to success.
One of the credentials available to individuals in this field is that of “Certified Medical Coder®,” a handle designed for physician-based coding professionals. Individuals who are able to successfully complete the exam, which measures levels of physician-based coding knowledge, are awarded the CMC® certification. This certification can validate personal achievement, demonstrate commitment to the industry, improve employer confidence, and help guard the practice against fraud and abuse.
According to networking site LinkedIn®, other certifications that can help advance a career include the AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder® (CPC) credential and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Specialist® (CCS) credential.
According to a forum discussion on the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) website, participants agreed it CAN be difficult to find that first job in the Medical Coding and Billing Industry. Most of those who participated in the forum agreed that it is important to earn the right credential prior to entering the job market, but they offered some interesting thoughts and job-creation ideas including:
“If you really want to do more hands-on coding, considering being a biller/charge entry rep.”
“I started out at a front desk prior to education and certification. While in school I got a position in a billing office posting payments. I learned a lot there.”
“I started as a receptionist and easily worked my way into medical billing.”
“A positive can do attitude can get your foot in the door, a never stop learning approach will take you even further.”
There is no dispute that Medical Billing and Coding jobs are plentiful across the U.S. According to the LinkedIn article,
“If you look at the end-to-end cycle of training schools, online classes, public universities, internship & volunteer opportunities with doctors or hospitals, the Top 5 States for billing and coding jobs & careers are:
- North Carolina
Careers in Medical Coding and Medical Billing are projected to grow by 21% by 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. AAPC reports that, “in addition, (The U.S. Department of Labor) projects high demand for coding services as the healthcare industry continues to grow and the country’s population ages - in addition to the increasing number of tests, treatments, and procedures.”
Is it time to move on to your next career? Learn all you can about this opportunity in the healthcare field, and see if Medical Coding and Billing is the right move for you.