Choosing the Best Online Medical Billing and Coding Program for You
Prepare for a career in medical billing and coding. Learn how to choose the best online medical billing and coding program for you with this guide from DeVry.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
*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
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