Jobs continue to grow in medical billing and coding, and in a time when jobs are hard to come by, you could help provide the education people need to enter this in-demand field.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs in medical billing and coding are expected to grow 8 percent through 2029. This is double the average expected national job growth of 4 percent and equates to 29,000 additional trained medical billing and coding professionals needed within the next eight years. This strong job growth will be fueled by an aging population, increasing reliance on health informatics, and the move of more healthcare providers to electronic health records systems.
In addition to growing job prospects in medical billing and coding, there are many other reasons that make this career a great move.
- Medical billing and coding offers a relatively easy field to enter. Professionals looking to start a career in medical billing and coding need only earn a certification that shows their commitment to excellence. Certificates can be completed online in a relatively short amount of time meaning students can enter the field quickly and take advantage of the job growth we are seeing today.
- Professionals can often work from home in a medical billing and coding career. While some medical billing and coding workers do report for their roles on-site, a majority have the flexibility to work remotely. In fact, according to the HIM Professional Census 2020 conducted by Libman Education, more than 50 percent of coders working for hospitals and health systems are fully remote-based employees; only 17 percent of coders reported that they were based entirely on-site. This information was collected at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and based on the shuttering of selective services, creating temporary facilities, incorporating new communication methods, and re‐deploying a trained healthcare workforce in new ways.
- Medical billing and coding is a great first step towards a career in healthcare. Every area of medicine requires medical billers and coders. Professionals in this field will be able to put their toes in the water and try out any and all of the specialties that interest them while gaining valuable experience before committing to a longer healthcare education program.
- Medical billing and coding allows people to work part-time. Medical billing and coding can be a full-time career, but it can also be a great option for those who want to work part-time. The work is extremely flexible and could even be done on nights and weekends to earn extra money.
- Medical billing and coding professionals, even those who are part-time, can earn a good salary. According to the BLS, the median annual salary of medical billers and coders is $42,630 or just over $20 per hour. Those working in hospitals make slightly more, while those who choose to work for physicians’ offices may make slightly less. The top 10 percent of those in the profession currently earn over $70,000 per year.
NEW ONLINE MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING COURSE | Course Code: GES1014 | SRP: $2,995
We’ve recently taken all of our previous medical billing and coding courses and bundles and combined them into one comprehensive course. This course offers students valuable training in healthcare including legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts and official coding guidelines. All phases of the healthcare revenue cycle will be taught — from registration through medical coding, claims submission, reimbursement, and collections. Students will also be exposed to common medical terminology they will need to know on the job and will study basic anatomy as well as disorders and procedures common to each body system.
Our comprehensive Medical Billing and Coding course prepares students over a 12-month period for not one, but three different nationally recognized certifications: CBCS Medical Billing and Coding, CCA Medical Billing and Coding, CPC Medical Billing and Coding. This process allows each student to learn about medical billing and coding jobs and certification paths throughout the course and choose the certification that is right for them upon course completion of the training and experience they need for success.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
If you’ve already elected to auto-add new titles to your catalog, then no further action is required. If not, you will need to add this course manually in the online administration center in order to offer it through your institution. Contact your Account Manager if you have any questions or to see how to set up the auto-add feature.