Patient Care Coordinator Job Market
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Care coordinators are passionate individuals who advocate for their patients by ensuring that no sensitive information slips through the cracks. When they do their jobs well, health systems see a definite decrease in ER admissions, misdiagnoses, and chronic issues.
Using their specialized knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures, patient care coordinators generally perform the following tasks:
- > Scheduling appointments.
- > Billing patients.
- > Compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
- > Making preparations and sending out invoices or claims for payment.
- > Tracking payments.
- > Serving as a primary contact and information source to patients, families, providers, and/or staff.
- > Coordinating and leading patient support groups and/or shared medical appointments.
Health systems across the country vary in size, specialty, and the number of patients. But the need for trained professionals puts them all on common ground. As a result, you could work in almost every type of healthcare facility: medical hospitals, health clinics, small physician offices, and other healthcare businesses.
With a shortage of healthcare professionals in every state and a workforce that’s stretched too thin, patient care coordinators make valuable assets.
Your patient care coordinator salary will vary by employer, location, and experience. But the median salary is $39,000 with the potential for traditional employment benefits.