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Medical Insurance Biller & Coder

Recording and coding patient health information.

The number of health insurance customers and people using health care services today is greater than ever as the aging population increases and more individuals have access to health insurance programs. As a result, there is a greater need for trained Medical Insurance Billers and Coders to organize and manage health care information data.

Medical Insurance Billers and Coders and other health information technicians are responsible for documenting and recording patients’ health information, including medical histories, symptoms, examination test results, treatments, and other information about health care services provided to patients. Their duties vary by employer and by the size of the facility in which they work.

Although Medical Insurance Billers and Coders do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with physicians, registered nurses and other health care professionals to clarify diagnoses or to get additional information to ensure that patient records are complete and accurate.

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Job Growth Outlook:

Employment of health information technicians (which includes Medical Insurance Billers) is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As more people have access to health insurance and the population continues to age and live longer, there is a greater need for Medical Insurance Billers and health information technicians to organize and manage the older generations’ health information data.

Medical Insurance Billers & Coders

Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24

Medical Insurance Billers & Coders
15%
Other health care support occupations
16%
Total, all occupations
7%
Number of Jobs, 2014:
188,600
Employment Change, 2014-24:
29,000
Job Growth Outlook:(Much faster than average)
15%

Medical Insurance Biller & Coder Overview

Medical Insurance Billers  and Coders organize and manage health information data and are responsible for documenting patients’ health information, including medical histories, symptoms, examination and test results, treatments, and other information about health care services provided to patients. Their duties vary by employer and by the size of the facility in which they work.

 

Medical Insurance Billers and Coders routinely perform a variety of important tasks, including:

  • Scheduling patient appointments.
  • Reviewing patients’ records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data.
  • Organizing and maintaining data for clinical databases and registries.
  • Tracking patient outcomes for quality assessment.
  • Using classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis.
  • Electronically recording data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of patients’ records.

The Medical Insurance Billing program at Glendale Career College focuses on teaching the skills and best practices needed to work in a health care or medical office, including medical terminology and basic human anatomy, front office procedures, how to submit medical claims, insurance reimbursement, managed care procedures, computer billing applications and computer medical coding.

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