Medical Billing From Home

If you’re interested in supporting patients, medical professionals and the healthcare needs of your community, the field of medical billing and coding can be a rewarding and flexible career path. Better yet, it’s growing. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 29,000 new medical billing and coding jobs will become available between 2019-20291.

While there’s no clear way to predict whether or not you’ll be able to work remotely, more and more employers are embracing the concept of medical billing from home. If this sounds like a good fit for you, read on to learn how you can pursue a career that fits your life.

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 in order 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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What Are Some Disadvantages of Medical Billing from Home?

Depending on your experience, employer and work style, working from home might not always be possible. Here are a few examples:

  • If you’re new to the industry, it may be more difficult to 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?

While requirements can vary from employer to employer, many medical billing jobs require a post-secondary certificate or credential in medical billing and coding. A good rule of thumb is to look for a program 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.

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 these programs, 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.

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