Are you looking for a steady nine to five job? Are quality benefits for you and your family a priority? Do you want work within an office setting? Do you want to work in the healthcare industry? If so, you should look into a career in medical coding.
Medical coding is a very important aspect of the medical billing process. Because insurance companies generally pay most of the medical bills coming out of a healthcare facility, they work with the medical community to create a system that puts certain medical procedures into different billing categories. Once these categories are set up, the insurance company can more easily determine how much it is willing to pay for a certain procedure based on what the general bill is for that procedure among a number of different facilities.
Medical coders act as a liaison between a healthcare facility and an insurance company. They look at a procedure done in a doctor's office, and then determine where the procedure fits into an insurance billing system.
Because they need to understand enough medical terms and procedures to classify them properly, medical coders need to have a specialized education. This education can usually be found at a technical school or community college. To get a job as a medical coder, you may be required to have either a certificate or an associate degree in medical billing and coding. This type of degree usually takes no longer than two years to complete.
If you are currently working full time, but want a second career in medical coding, you should consider earning your degree online. Online degrees are designed specifically for working professionals who need to balance their jobs and schoolwork.
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