- Medical Billing Specialist
- Medical Coding Specialist
These projections are estimates based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Medical billing and coding is one field in which an associate’s degree will go far. Medical billers and coders translate medcial procedures, patient conditions, and other medical information into universal codes, which are used to communicate treatment and reimbursement information to insurance providers and other third-party payers. Medical billing and coding specialists are needed constantly by healthcare facilities and insurance agencies.
Medical Billing & Coding Curriculum
An associate’s degree in medical billing and coding takes about two years. Programs usually cover the clinical foundation courses necessary to understand medical conditions, diagnoses and treatments, as well as the medical coding and billing practices you will be using while on the job. Courses may also cover the computer skills needed to perform the role of a medical biller or coder.
The course curriculum in a good medical billing and coding associate’s degree program will include courses like:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Medical Terminology
- Medical Records Management
- healthcare Management
- Diagnosis of Diseases
In addition, students must complete courses in coding, communications, and interpersonal skills. You may also choose to advance your certification by taking courses in biology, chemistry, medical care and general sciences.
Career Options in Medical Billing & Coding
Medical billing and coding associate’s degree programs prepare you to become a medical billing and coding specialist. Usually this education is all that is needed to enter the job market.
Medical coders assign specific, unique codes to each disease, medical condition and treatment. Medical billers then use these codes to arrange reimbursement for the facility and its physicians. Doctor’s offices and healthcare organizations utilize these codes in order to collect internal data for planning purposes, while public and insurance agencies need them to pay the doctors who treat patients. This system is used throughout the healthcare industry, allowing medical organizations to communicate without losing information accuracy.
Medical billers and coders may find work in:
- Physicians’ Offices
- Insurance Providers
- Outpatient Centers
- Specialty Practices
Medical Billing & Coding Associate’s Degree Programs Enrolling Now
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- Medical Administrative Assistant
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- Monthly starts that allow students to start fast and finish fast
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