Beware of job opportunities that over-promise
Whether you’re already in a medical billing and coding school or are just thinking about enrolling in one, there are some things you should know to avoid scams.
Because the job market for health claims specialists is growing so fast – and certified government statistics bear that out – the field has become prey to some unscrupulous companies that targeting people who are trying to enter the field.
Let’s take a look at some common fraudulent medical billing and coding offers so you’ll know what to look out for.
Anyone studying medical billing and coding can tell you that there’s a lot to learn. In addition to codes, healthcare regulations, and insurance information, medical billers and coders need to have a basic understanding of physiology, medical terminology, and electronic healthcare records systems.
Becoming proficient in all of those areas takes time – and there are no short cuts.
- Programs that promise training and/or certification in less than six months
- Software-based training programs
- Medical billing and coding schools that do not have a physical address
Working from home with no experience
Recent graduates of medical and billing training programs may be prime targets for companies that promise they can work from home right away. These companies may promise to give you access to leads that you can contact – often, in exchange for a fee or as part of a larger work-from-home “business package.”
The truth is that you’re probably going to need several years of experience under your belt before you can realistically make a living as an independent coding professional.
Think about it: Medical professionals count on billing and coding specialists to ensure that the practice is compensated. They’re not going to trust those important operations to an unknown, inexperienced person. Plus, medical privacy laws mean that doctors need to be extremely careful about who has access to patient information.
- Any type of “business package” that is supposed to provide everything you need to start your own business
- Internet ads labeled “business opportunity” or something similar
- Coding outsourcing companies that are not willing to name any of their billing and coding clients
- Companies that are willing to hire you to work from home when you’re just starting out in the field.
A better approach
Medical billing and coding can be a rewarding field for the right person. But this is a very serious profession requiring intense training. Any outfit that treats this job as a “get rich quick” scheme is unlikely to have your best interests in mind.
Salter students who have questions about job opportunities in medical billing and coding should talk to their instructors or schedule an appointment with Career Services.
If you’re wondering whether a career as a medical billing and coding professional might be right for you, request more info from The Salter School, or schedule a tour at one of our campuses in Fall River, Tewksbury, or Malden.