Medical Billing From Home

If you want to work in a field that lets you support patients, medical professionals and the healthcare needs of your community, medical billing and coding may be the right fit for you. Even better, this rewarding and flexible career field is growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 37,100 new medical billing and coding jobs will become available between 2020 and 20301.

One question that many people ask is whether or not you can do medical billing from home. While the answer varies from employer to employer, many companies are embracing the idea of medical billing from home, as well as hybrid from-home and in-office models. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, read on to learn how you can pursue a medical billing and coding career that fits your lifestyle and professional goals.

What Are Some Advantages of Medical Billing from Home?

With more organizations supporting flexible working arrangements, the possibility of working from home in medical billing is increasing. Depending on your role, here are some potential advantages of doing medical billing from home:

  • No wasted time commuting means more hours back in your day to support a healthy work-life balance.
  • There may be flexibility to set your own hours or operate on a condensed workweek.
  • Potential freedom to take breaks to tend to your personal or family needs throughout the day.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of colleagues from different cities and backgrounds.

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Are There any Disadvantages to Doing Medical Billing from Home?

As with any remote job, doing medical billing from home might come with some challenges. Here are a few things to consider: 

  • If you’re new to the industry, it may be more difficult to learn the tools needed to effectively start your career from home. Some employers might require you to gain on-the-job experience before allowing you to work remotely.
  • Not all employers will be willing to offer remote work opportunities.
  • You may find that you prefer the interaction and camaraderie that in-person work environments provide.

What are the Requirements for Medical Billing Jobs?

Requirements for medical billing jobs tend to vary from one employer to another. Many  medical billing positions may require a post-secondary credential in medical billing and coding, such as an undergraduate certificate. A good way to find a quality educational program is to look for one that includes preparation for industry-recognized certification exams such as:

  • AHIMA’s Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam
  • AHIMA's Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam
  • AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam

At DeVry, our online Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Programs help you build a foundation of knowledge in medical billing, while simultaneously preparing you to pursue these exams. Should you choose to continue your education, the qualifying credits earned in your certificate program can be applied toward a related associate or bachelor’s degree at DeVry.

Are Certain Specialties Better for Medical Billing at Home?

Many people wonder if they should focus on a particular specialty in the healthcare industry when looking to pursue medical billing from home. You may be thinking, are more remote opportunities available in different workplaces, such as dentists, cardiologists or chiropractors?

Ultimately, whether you can work from home in medical billing will depend on the specific position you choose. If you're curious about the opportunities available in your area, it can be helpful to do a preliminary LinkedIn job search to explore various roles along with the job responsibilities and any location or educational requirements. From there you can narrow down your search to the organizations and roles that best meet your needs.

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FAQs


Can you do medical billing from home?

Doing medical billing at home will depend on your role, level of experience and employer. While many places may allow medical billing specialists to work remotely, it is ultimately at the discretion of the employer. If working from home is important to you, discuss this with the hiring manager during your interview process. Keep in mind that while a job may start in-person, some employers may be willing to adjust the arrangement at a later date once you've further developed in your role.


How do I get into medical billing from home?

Consider beginning by pursuing your Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding as well as industry-recognized certifications, such as the CCS, CCA or CPC. Once you've established your knowledge and skills, explore jobs online. Try including 'remote' as a keyword in your job search to pull up any opportunities that will allow you to work in medical billing from home.


How do I get medical billing training at home?

At DeVry, we offer 100% online medical billing and coding programs that can help you gain the knowledge you need to pursue roles in this dynamic field.

In this program, you will learn about essential skills such as:

  • Medical Terminology - Get familiar with medical terms covering anatomy, conditions, medical procedures, medications and more.
  • Health Services and Information Systems - Learn about current software and systems used in the healthcare industry.
  • Health Insurance and Reimbursement - Understand the forms, processes and systems used to submit claims for reimbursement.
  • Processing Information – Hone your attention to detail in recordkeeping and medical coding.
  • Document and Record Information - Practice entering, transcribing and storing medical information digitally.
  • Current Procedural Terminology – Understand the language used to report physician and healthcare services.
  • Classification of Medical Data – Learn to ensure data integrity through accurate medical coding.


What percent of medical billers and coders work from home?

According to the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC)’s 2022 Medical Coding Salary Survey, 51% of the respondents reported that technology enables them to work from home with HIPAA-compliant access to electronic health records. That being said, remember that remote work capabilities are ultimately at the discretion of each individual employer and opportunities may vary.

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*The Health Information Coding (HIC) specialization requires 13 courses to complete, not considering any qualifying transfer credits. Additional program information may be found here.

1Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm