Medical Billing Professions

Medical billing professionals file and follow up on insurance claims and patient payments. Read about educational options and useful courses here, as well as you can expect in terms of job growth and earnings as an administrative medical assistant.

Is Medical Billing For Me?

Career Overview

If you are interested in the medical field, good with numbers and well-organized, you may be interested in a career as a medical billing professional. Medical billers are responsible for keeping track of patient payments and financial information.

Job Duties

On a typical day, a medical biller may organize patient paperwork, use medical codes to fill out insurance claims and report potentially fraudulent claims. Additional duties can include communicating with insurance companies about patient claims, following up on delinquent and past due accounts and keeping doctors up-to-date on the status of different medical billing issues. Medical billers may also be responsible for answering insurance coverage questions for patients.

Career Options

Medical billing professionals may work for hospitals, nursing homes and private clinics. They can also be employed by insurance companies, government agencies or for other health care providers.

Employment and Salary Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for medical assistants, including administrative medical assistants, was projected to increase by 29% from 2012-2022. As of May 2013, medical assistants earned a mean annual wage of $30,780 (www.bls.gov).

How Do I Become a Medical Biller?

Education

Certificate and associate's degree programs for medical billing professionals can be found at community colleges and vocational schools. Individual programs may take anywhere from 10 weeks to two years to complete. As a medical billing student, you might study medical terminology, computer practices and the legal issues associated with medical billing. Topics in healthcare finances, economics and business management may also be part of your curriculum.

Four-year programs can lead to a Bachelor of Arts in Health Service Administration. At this level, you may learn about accounting principles, healthcare policy, medical coding and human resource management, as well as the computer applications commonly found in the industry.

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