- Enter the growing healthcare market
- Train in as little as 4 months at your pace
- Prepare to earn average salaries of $40,000/yr
- Learn both ICD-10-CM and PCS
- All for only $3,495
- Work from home opportunities for new grads!
Enroll Today: Get an iPad plus FREE textbooks!Enroll Online »
Medical Billing and Coding Job Description & Work from Home Opportunities
What Will I Be Doing as a Medical Coder and Biller?
As a medical coding and billing specialist, you will review patient medical records and assign codes to diagnoses and procedures performed so the facility can bill insurance and other third-party payers (such as Medicare or Medicaid) as well as the patient. Most medical billing and coding jobs require professionals to work on-site for hospitals, clinics, physicians, and a variety of other healthcare facilities. However, it's possible to find medical billing and coding jobs from home as well. Many of these positions require a year or two of experience first, but Career Step’s relationships with employers have provided some of our graduates with the opportunity to work from home right after graduation.
Coders use 3 different code sets: CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-10. Career Step’s training will teach you to use all of these codes. The Professional Medical Coding and Billing with Applied PCS program will cover the CPT, HCPCS, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS code sets. Knowing both the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets will give you a head start in the job market because most entry-level coding programs only teach students the ICD-10-CM codes and with PCS knowledge you’ll be prepared to apply for positions in hospitals. With additional ICD-10-PCS training, you’ll be prepared for exciting career advancement opportunities. You’ll graduate with the skills needed to earn national certification and start working right away.
How Much Can I Make in Medical Coding and Billing?
Pay scales of medical coders and billers vary by employer, geographic location, and experience, and you can quickly increase your earning potential by earning industry credentials:
- Competitive salaries – The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the middle 50% of medical coding and billing professionals earn between $29,130 and $48,510 a year.
- Certified coders earn more – An AAPC Salary Survey reported that certified professional coders earn over $7,500 more per year than their non-certified colleagues. The 2015 Salary Study reported that coders with 1 credential earn $46,899 a year.
- Career Step includes certification prep – Preparation for both the CCA (offered by AHIMA) and the CPC (offered by AAPC) exams is built in to your AHIMA-approved Career Step training so you're prepared to earn industry credentials right after graduation.
With Career Step, you'll have the knowledge and skills to maximize your earning potential in your medical coding job after graduation.
Read Evelynn McCulloch-Owens's story »
Read Danielle Blomquist-Jakubik's story »
Read Laura Neidlinger's story »
Read Ken Sloan's story »