Careers in medical billing and coding are multiplying.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts that employment for technicians in the field of medical records and health information – including medical billers and coders – will increase by 27,800 in the 10-year period through 2026. The drivers of the expected employment growth include the aging U.S. population and growing demand for medical services.
Medical records and health information technicians “use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories,” according to BLS.
Healthcare providers need highly skilled medical billers because they face shrinking reimbursement, and expert billers can command a favorable annual income, according to AAPC.
Working as a medical billing and coding specialist commonly requires professional certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) or the American Health Information Management Association.
Universities and career colleges provide training necessary for graduates to start careers in medical billing or coding. Fortis, for example, offers a medical billing and coding program at select campuses.
Graduates of the medical billing and coding program at Fortis are prepared for entry-level positions at hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, dental offices, nursing homes and insurance companies.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in medical billing and coding, Fortis can help. Check out our medical billing and coding program page today to learn more.