Do you enjoy detail-oriented work? Does a stack of paperwork seem appealing to you? Have you ever considered a career in the medical field? If your answer to one or more of these questions is yes, a career in medical billing and coding might be the right fit for you.
The healthcare profession is driven by paperwork and documentation. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers provide patient care; administrative tasks are handled by medical information specialists. Medical information specialists handle a variety of tasks; however, we will focus specifically on medical billing and coding professionals. Every procedure in a patient’s medical file has a corresponding numeric code that translates to a payment amount. Medical billing and coding professionals must investigate the doctor’s notes to determine the correct charges for procedures performed.
Medical documentation is becoming more and more complex; in fact, there is currently a shortage of skilled medical billers and coders to do this essential work. What does this mean for you? Any time a profession is in demand, you are valuable. How valuable you are translates to the compensation you can earn. Medical billers and coders make a very competitive salary. Studies and surveys done by the U.S. Department of Labor indicate that a qualified medical billing and coding professional in Maine can earn anywhere from $21,000-$30,000 in an entry level position. More experienced professionals earn anywhere from $37,000-$46,000. (Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.) Consultants in this field can earn more than $50,000. The opportunities are tremendous for this profession.
Recent healthcare legislation in the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C., has increased the necessity of medical documentation specialists. Government, insurance companies, and judges will be paying closer attention to medical billing claims. The increased focus on medical billing claims will open the flood gates for the need for even more highly qualified medical billers and coders.
Maine is a fabulous place to begin your career in medical billing and coding. This state has some of the best seacoast and seafood imaginable. It is a vibrant place filled with opportunity for medical information professionals.
So, how can you get in on this amazing career opportunity? The state of Maine has financial aid available to those that qualify. In addition, many scholarship opportunities are available for medical documentation students.
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