Do you enjoy working with technology and helping others? If so, South Texas Vocational Technical Institute can provide you with the skills to launch a career in healthcare. Our Medical Billing and Coding program offers a mix of traditional classroom learning and hands-on vocational training. Our Medical Billing and Coding program offers a mix of traditional classroom learning and hands-on vocational training.
By learning medical billing and coding skills, you may work as an integral part of a healthcare team. Your responsibilities could include patient scheduling, obtaining and entering patient medical information, handling billing and insurance claims, and coding medical records. At STVT, we understand the importance of career-focused education. That is why we work to make sure that you have access to the training to help you meet your career goals.
What is Medical Billing & Coding
As a Medical Billing & Coder, you will most likely be responsible for ensuring health information data is organized and managed, typically with the use of a computer. You may ensure the data maintained is accurate, accessible, and secure in various versions of the file. You may also use various classification systems to code and categorize a patient’s information for the purpose of insurance reimbursement, database registry, and tracking of their medical and treatment history. Some duties may include:
- Reviewing the patient’s medical information for pre-existing conditions for coding purposes
- Assign the correct codes to diagnoses and procedures for patient care, population statistics, and billing
- Work as a go-between for the healthcare provider and billing office
- Track patient outcomes for quality assessments
- Use classification software to assign the proper clinical codes for insurance purposes
- Maintain confidentiality of patient’s records
What Skills are Required?
Medical Billing and Coders’ ability to be able to focus on details and accuracy, be good at analysis, and have a strong moral code are important so that they are able to protect the patient’s confidential records. You may be required to sit for long periods of time and use a computer. Additional skills may be required depending on the position you are working in.
Medical Billers and Coders duties are comprised of common, yet important tasks in the medical field, including:
- Processing insurance and other payments
- Preparing medical records for analysis
- Medical records management
- Operation of complex and HIPAA-compliant software
- Financial records maintenance
Medical support staff commonly work with patients and others in the office. They are often the communications center of the practice, taking the lead role in ensuring everyone is up to date in a number of ways, including:
- Patient administration and registration
- Appointment scheduling
- Performing patient interviews and verifying case history
- Coordination with doctors and nurses for examinations and tests
How much does a Medical Billing & Coder make?
The median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $40,350 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,550, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $66,260.*.
STVT cannot guarantee employment or salary.
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