New Certificate Announcement: Medical Billing & Coding

The health care industry is a fast-growing field with plenty of opportunities for job seekers, and you don’t have to be a doctor or a nurse to fill them. For example, medical coders and billers are an important piece of the process. And with Grantham University’s new Medical Coding and Billing Certificate, you can quickly learn you can get your foot in the door of this fast-growing industry with an entry level certification. This will, in turn, help you gain the coding and billing experience you need to pursue more advanced certifications, such as the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential.

What is medical coding and billing?

Medical coding is the process of taking a patient’s diagnosis and turning it into the codes that can be submitted to insurance companies. According the American Association of Professional Coders, “medical coding professionals help ensure the codes are applied correctly during the medical billing process, which includes abstracting the information from documentation, assigning the appropriate codes, and creating a claim to be paid by insurance carriers.” To be effective, medical coding requires some knowledge of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.

Medical billing is the process of submitting and following up on claims with health insurance companies to ensure that medical professionals receive payment. Medical billers need to know how to communicate with providers and health insurance representatives as well as have a basic understanding of how to read medical records.

What are the job prospects for a medical coder or biller?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth outlook for medical records and health information technicians—a category that includes medical coders and billers—is better than average. By 2028, the BLS expects the demand for these jobs to increase by 11%, a much faster rate of growth than average.

As for salary, the BLS also states that the median annual income in 2018 for medical records and health information technicians was $40,350 per year, or $19.40 an hour.

The job also offers a better life-work balance and less stress than the average job. According to U.S. News & World Report, medical coders and billers report they have a high degree of flexibility in their jobs with lower levels of stress.

Why are medical coders and billers important?

As a medical coder or biller, you are an important piece of a medical practice’s infrastructure. Medical coders and billers are key to a medical practice being profitable and maintaining their ability to meet patient needs.

When medical coding is done incorrectly, physicians won’t get paid correctly for the services they provide, or patients could be billed incorrectly for the services they actually received. Accurate medical coding makes the process easy for both providers and patients.

Medical billers hold health insurance providers accountable for ensuring the medical provider receives proper compensation. Having a medical biller who follows up with the insurance companies allows medical providers to focus on providing care to their patients without also having to worry about getting paid. A win-win for the medical profession all around, patients and providers.

What does Grantham’s Medical Coding and Billing Certificate provide?

Grantham University’s new Medical Coding and Billing Certificate teaches students the practical skills necessary to become a medical coder and biller. Students learn the basics of coding and billing. Coursework also prepares them for the Certified Billing & Coding Specialist Certification Exam with the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Students who enroll in this certificate program can expect to learn:

  • The role and function of different types of healthcare facilities and environments
  • Medical coding terms and abbreviations that are commonly used in health care
  • Local, state and federal regulations, including OSHA standards and HIPAA rules
  • Diagnostic coding skills for records management and insurance claims

Plus, students in the program have direct access to the NHA portal where they can practice and prepare for the Certified Billing & Coding Specialist Certification Exam.

At just 18 credit hours, our Medical Coding and Billing Certificate program takes less than a year to complete, which means you can quickly be on the road to a new career path. Or, you can transfer your credit hours into Grantham’s Associate of Applied Science in Medical Coding and Billing program and be well on your way to a career-building college degree.

If you want a healthcare career where you can genuinely help people travel down the road to better health, one where you are integral to ensuring your medical colleagues get their due compensation, you should pursue an in-demand career as a medical coder or biller. Let Grantham University help you succeed with the Medical Coding and Billing Certificate program. Enroll today.

About The Author

Brandon Swenson, communications manager, is on Grantham University’s editorial board. A veteran and college graduate himself, he understands the benefits and intricacies of government education programs, such as the post-9/11 GI Bill. Brandon earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City toward the end of his nearly two-decade tour in the United States Marine Corps.