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Become a Behind-the-Scenes Hero as a Medical Biller and Insurance Coder
Healthcare isn’t just about what happens in exam rooms. So much of the medical industry relies on the behind-the-scenes work done by medical administrative professionals and records specialists, like medical billers and coders. This in-demand profession serves as the bridge between healthcare facilities and the insurance industry, tasked with responsibilities that include assigning diagnosis and treatment codes, monitoring billing and payments, and expediting patient reimbursements.
Medical billing and insurance coding specialists are tasked with classifying and entering patient medical information using numerical coding systems like the ICD. They are a key member of the healthcare team, working with nurses and other front-line healthcare professionals to clarify diagnoses, maintain an open flow of communication, and ensuring accuracy so that everything can be properly recorded and billed. It is vital that our electronic medical records and information are maintained with precision and absolute integrity so that patients can get the care they need when they need it. They can also sometimes serve as gatekeepers of patient healthcare information, ensuring only those with the proper authorization can retrieve, scan, and transmit those records.
As a medical biller and insurance coder, your daily tasks will include things like:
For anyone interested in working in the medical billing and coding field, the first step is to enroll in a formal, accredited program like the one offered here at Summit College. California, like many states, require medical coders to pass specific certification exams from national organizations like the National Healthcareer Association or the AAPC. The best way to prepare to earn these certifications is through hands-on training guided by real, experienced industry professionals.
On top of that, medical billers and coders need to be:
Becoming a medical biller and coder means you could have great long-term job prospects and a career you can feel good about that has you working to help others as part of a healthcare team. And Summit College can help you get the training and skills you need. We’ve been doing it since 1991 — it’s practically in our DNA. We believe we’re in this together with every student, you’ll get all the support and encouragement you need every step of the way, even after graduation.
Our Medical Billing and Insurance Coding program gets you started off right in your new career by teaching you the fundamentals of medical insurance claims, patient billing and payments, proper coding of medical procedures and services, and how to accurately expedite reimbursement for patient services. All of your classroom and lab work is paired with an externship designed for students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program.
Our curriculum emphasizes vital, on-the-job skills, like:
The fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete, and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.
The demand for skilled medical billers and coders is on the rise and expected to continue to grow. According to California Employment Trends*, jobs for medical records specialists in the state are expected to grow by 10% — twice the national average for all occupations — through 2030.
Throughout the healthcare system, you’ll find job opportunities for trained and qualified billers and coders. When you graduate, you can look for opportunities with:
Graduates of Summit College’s Medical Billing & Insurance Coding program can seek employment in just about any healthcare facility out there. You’ll be qualified to work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, urgent care clinics, clinical labs, and more!
Once you’ve successfully completed your Medical Billing and Insurance Coding training, your next step will be to sit for your certification exam. Most employers will be looking for you to hold one of the following certifications:
Once you’ve earned the necessary certifications, Summit has a dedicated Career Services department that can help you with preparing your resume, practicing for interviews, and finding potential job openings. You can also register with CalJOBS if you’re interested in posting your resume online for interested employers.