Medical Billing and Coding Specialists are trained to record and process data about patients. This includes treatment records, insurance billing information, and payments received. The specialist is responsible for properly coding a patient’s diagnosis, then sending it to the insurance company or the individual for payment. Medical Billing and Coding Specialist will find careers in hospitals, doctor’s office, rehabilitation facilities and other health institutions.
In Oregon the average salary for a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist ranges from about $15 to $18 per hour. This of course depends on the size of the institution you work for, and the amount of work required. (Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.) This career is a very stable option in the healthcare field. The need for Medical Billing and Coding Specialists continues to increase.
Many employers seek out individuals who have an associate or bachelors degree in business administration, accounting or other related fields. Some employers will accept just a high school diploma because majority of the training received for Medical Billing and Coding is done on the job. There is an option to become certified through a national certification organization such as American Medical Billing Association in the United States. This will help improve your training and job prospects.
Financial aid is available. You would start by finding the school you wish to attend, and then apply at the FAFSA website. If you have questions or concerns about financial aid contact the school you are attending. There is always a financial aid representative there to help guide you through the process.
Interested in exploring correspondence or online medical billing school options?
Medical Billing and Coding Schools in or near Portland, OR
Don’t forget there are a variety of education choices for this career. If the schools listed here do not work for you there are many online options for schools. Just be sure to check the school’s credibility before you decide to attend.