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Insurance Billing and Coding at a Glance

 
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Note: Medical Billing & Coding are continuing education/non-credit courses.

What do medical records, billing & claims technicians do?

  • Reviews physicians' notes and charts for accuracy and obtains any necessary clarification of information in the notes and charts
  • Assigns appropriate medical codes to all diagnoses or services and organizes the codes into management software
  • Translates codes into insurance companies' preferred coding system and prepares the appropriate claims documents required by each insurer
  • Submits, organizes and tracks all insurance claims filed by the health care provider
  • Follows-up until payments are received, and manages collection activities when necessary

What is the career outlook?

  • Medical records, billing, and claims technicians work mostly within an office setting in hospitals, physicians' offices, and medical insurance companies
  • Requires strong computer skills and typing accuracy
  • In Texas: median salaries of $15.23 per hour or $31,700 annually*
  • Dallas County: median salaries of $15.48 per hour or $32,200 annually*

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be obtained at individual college information sessions for a particular health careers program.

Awards and coursework

Brookhaven

Cedar Valley

Eastfield

El Centro

Mountain View

Richland

Continuing Education contact hours

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For more information, visit the AAPC or AHIMA websites.   

Who can help me decide which health science career is best for me?

Contact the Health Careers Resource Center.

 

*America's Career Infonet 2011 data for Medical Records & Health Information Technicians