What is medical billing and coding?

People who work in medical billing and coding, often called health information technicians, are responsible for managing medical records. They serve as an integral link between patients, physicians and insurance companies as they categorize patient information into specific codes used for insurance reimbursement and to maintain the patient’s treatment and medical history.


Train to work in medical billing and coding in about 9 months.

Fast Track Stop WatchSBBCollege offers a fast-track medical and billing program that is designed for students seeking employment in medical offices and hospitals. The program includes coursework in billing, advanced coding, insurance forms and computer applications. Students also receive on-the-job training before they graduate through the College’s externship program. 

Medical Billing and Coding careers are growing

Since more people are living to advanced ages and more people will have medical insurance due to federal legislature, the healthcare industry is expected to grow in the near future. In addition, the trend towards electronic health records will increase the demand for technicians who can manage these records.

Job prospects for those in medical billing and coding careers is fairly strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects this field to grow 15% from 2014 to 2024 – much faster than the average for all occupations.


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Medical Biller and Medical Coder Job Duties

Those working in medical billing and coding perform a variety of duties to ensure the quality and accuracy of patient medical records. They translate a patient’s diagnosis and treatment into a standard numeric or alphanumeric code, and then use this code in the billing process. There is no direct hands-on patient care in this occupation.

Typical duties for this occupation include:

  • Analyze patient medical records
  • Use classification software to assign codes
  • Interact with insurance companies and physicians
  • Maintain patient confidentiality

The majority of those employed in medical billing and coding work in hospitals or a physician’s office. However, they may also work for nursing care facilities or even work remotely from home.


Medical billers and coders may have more employment opportunities with a certification. The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) is one such organization that offers certification for this field, such as the Certified Professional Coder certification (CPC). Certification can show employers the employee’s mastery of classification code systems and industry guidelines.

Learn more about the Medical Billing and Coding program from SBBCollege.


Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm retrieved May 2017

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