Successfully Launch Your Medical Coding and Billing Career

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medical coding and billingMedical coding and billing careers are on the rise: the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a steady growth rate of 22% through 2022, a rate significantly above average. Of course, success in any career is largely dependent on your skills, so make sure you properly hone yours through a quality education and certification program. Here’s how to successfully launch your medical coding and billing career.

1. Earn a billing and coding certification from a reputable school that suits your needs.

Training schedule: A medical billing and coding program can be completed in as little as four months of full-time study or up to 12 months of part-time work. These courses are offered online and in classrooms, so choose a program that best fits you.

Thorough certification prep: Remember, most employers require industry certifications, so choose a program that will thoroughly prepare you for the industry credential exams AND a career in the industry. The best coding and billing courses will teach you everything from basic computer skills to the legal structure of the industry, common medical terms, prescription drug classifications, and the ICD-10 coding system. Upon graduating, you should be more than ready to earn the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential—preferably both!

Practical practice: A comprehensive coding training program includes code application practice and experience with coding. The more real-world experience you can log the better.

2. The landscape of the medical coding and billing industry is changing and growing—make the most of it!

New codes: As of October 2015, ICD-10 is the new coding system, a much larger classification system than the previous ICD-9 system. Medical facilities and coding employers are sure to still be feeling growing pains from this massive transition and are looking for quality coders to help.

Work opportunities: Thanks to the new system and the growing world of healthcare, ICD-10 coders with industry certifications and experience are in high demand. Hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, and more are all in need of skilled medical coders and billers.

Work from home possibilities: It is also possible to work from home as a medical coder and biller, especially if you have years of experience or the right connections.

It is a great time to enter medical coding careers: the industry is growing, and certifications are affordable and flexible to earn. Check out Career Step’s online medical coding and billing certification program today and take the first step toward a rewarding and fulfilling career in this booming field.

Already a student or medical coding professional? You’re the expert! How have you made the most of the growing and changing ICD-10 coding industry? What might future students look forward to upon graduation? Let us know in the comments below.


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  1. Barbara Johnson December 25, 2015

    I’m interesting in the coding/billing course work.  It’s impressive that you work with an employer.  My goal is to take and pass the CCA and CCS.  Previously, I’ve worked as a medical transcriptionist.  Thank you.

  2. Career Step December 28, 2015

    Hi Barbara,

    We’ve given your information to an Academic Advisor that can give you more information about the course, and they should be in touch shortly.

    Best wishes!

  3. Holly Holty January 16, 2016

    Can you tell me where your most recent article is about the CCA vs. CPC exam differences, preferences, etc.?

  4. Career Step January 19, 2016

    Hi Holly,

    We have a blog article here where you can find information about these exams:

    http://www.careerstep.com/blog/coding-and-billing/cpc-or-cca-the-big-question-for-new-coders

    Best wishes!

  5. Erin B January 20, 2016

    Hi there,

    I am currently taking the Career Step Online Medical Coding and Billing course.  I am about half way through, and I was wondering about how I can get information on working in a remote position allowing me to work from home when I am finished with this course.  Is that possible, or do I need years of work experience before I can do that?  I saw that you mentioned something about the school’s partnership with IOD Incorporated and a Coder development program.  Can you tell me more about this?  I am really interested in working from home as soon as possible.  Thanks so much!

  6. Career Step January 21, 2016

    Hi Erin,

    While we can’t guarantee anything, there are definitely opportunities for medical coders to work from home, even right after graduation.

    Career Step is partnered with IOD Incorporated, which provides remote coding opportunities for graduates. They hire at specific times, and you can stay updated on those dates as well as other work opportunities by contacting Graduate Support.

    Good luck as you finish your course!

  7. Nicole January 23, 2016

    I am wondering if ICD-9 is still used in certain situations or is ICD-10 the only version used now across the board?  I have recently started the coding and billing program and realized it only presents information on 10.  I am wondering if 9 is still good to learn, as well?

  8. Amanda January 23, 2016

    I will be enrolling in the medical billing and coding program soon.  Do you have a link or information on system requirements and internet requirements while taking the course? Thank you

  9. Coding Support January 26, 2016

    Hi Nicole,
    ICD-9 is no longer being used for reimbursement in the United States.  ICD-10 was implemented on October 1, 2015.

  10. Coding Support January 27, 2016

    System Requirements

    Internet Explorer 9.x, 10.x, 11.x
    Firefox 3.X or higher
    Safari 3.1 to 5.0 (Mac only)

    *The MTE program includes a third
    party software tool that makes the training
    only compatible with Microsoft Windows and
    Internet Explorer

    Adobe Flash Version 10 or greater
    Javascript and cookies must be enabled

  11. Michele February 12, 2016

    Hi, I completed by training for Medical Billing and Coding Oct 2011. I live in Southern California and yet to find a position in the field. I’m no stranger to online job searching or using good ol footwork to look for employment however something is missing. I would still looking forward to working in the field. Hopefully it will happen soon. Has anyone had this sort of luck gaining their first Medical Billing and Coding job?

  12. Jay Patterson April 20, 2016

    Hello,
    I am curious about the salary changes in the medical billing and coding fields. I know that salaries have been increasing in the previous years. According to some sources (http://www.medicalbillingandcodingsite.com/medical-billing-coding-salary/) the salaries for new medical billers and coders have reached as high as $40,000. However, I am concerned that jobs in these fields have been moving overseas. How will the movement of these jobs overseas affect the salaries in the coming years?

  13. coding support April 26, 2016

    Hi Jay,

    Thanks for your question! For information on coding/billing salaries check out this salary survey by AAPC https://www.aapc.com/blog/33226-2015-salary-survey-credentials-tip-the-scale/

    Best wishes!


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