You can get medical billing and coding training in just one year!
Are you detail-oriented? Do you like the idea of an office job in the field of healthcare? If so, you may want to think about a career as a medical biller and coder. Many people choose this field because it allows them to work in the important and respected field of healthcare, yet does not involve any direct patient care.
Medical billers and coders—also called health claims specialists—are vital to keeping the healthcare system running smoothly. The Salter School is proud to provide a Health Claims Specialist training program at its campuses in Tewksbury and Malden, Massachusetts. To find out more about this career choice, read answers to some frequently asked questions:
What do medical billing and coding specialists do?
As a health claims specialist, you would be responsible for processing health insurance claims. During your training, you would learn how to assign special codes to the patients’ charts, and then submit the claims to health insurance companies. This work ensures that healthcare providers get paid for their services, and that insurers and patients pay their correct share of the bill.
Where do health claims specialists work?
Once you get medical billing and coding training, you would be qualified for positions in
hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, surgical centers, urgent care centers, and other types of medical facilities. Some health claims specialists find work at insurance companies.
Can I work from home?
You should not expect this to be a work-from-home career. Most jobs in this field are in the billing offices of healthcare providers, and they are not work-from-home jobs. Occasionally someone may have an arrangement to work at home, but for the most part, you would be expected to work at your employer’s offices.
Is medical billing and coding a good career?
The answer to this question lies with your own career goals and ambitions. To get a clearer picture of the field, take a look at A Day in the Life of a Medical Coder. Many people find that the career has some key benefits that make it a rewarding career:
- You can get trained in about one year
For people who need to get marketable skills quickly, a short-term training program can be a good fit. At the Salter School, you can complete this program in less than one year, if you stay committed to your studies and pass all your courses.
- You don’t need a college degree
For many people, a four-year college degree is simply not an option. Medical billers and coders are not required to have a college degree, yet they can still have professional, responsible, office-based positions that are respected and valued.
- An office environment is a good place to work
Working in an office is another benefit of this career. Compared with jobs that require being on your feet all day, or jobs where you work outside, an office job is a real plus. The environment is usually quiet, climate-controlled, and professional. For many people, this is a big advantage.
How do I enroll?
At the Salter School, it’s easy to get started in our Health Claims Specialist program. All we require is that students have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and complete our admissions process successfully. For more information, simply fill out our online information form, and we’ll contact you with more information.
We hope your future career begins at the Salter School!