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Why Pursue a Career in Medical Billing and Coding

Newsroom | From the Faculty July 8, 2024
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Do you want a position in healthcare without direct patient care? You're not alone! Many people desire a fulfilling healthcare career but want something other than the traditional doctor or nurse route.  
Fortunately, there's a thriving sector within healthcare that offers a flexible, in-demand path that's perfect for those who want to contribute to the field without being in a clinical setting: medical billing and coding. 

What is Medical Billing and Coding? 

Medical billing and coding jobs are vital in making healthcare facilities operate smoothly. Professionals in these roles translate the medical services provided to patients into standardized codes that insurance companies use for reimbursement. In essence, they act as translators between doctors and insurance companies. This work ensures accurate billing and timely payments for healthcare services. 

Why Pursue a Career in Medical Billing and Coding? 

Medical billing and coding can be a great career choice for many reasons: 

  • Job Security: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a job growth of 8% for medical records specialists by 2032, faster than the average for all occupations.  
  • Competitive Salary and Benefits: According to the BLS, the median annual wage for medical records specialists was $48,780 in May 2023. Many healthcare institutions also offer benefits packages that include health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. 
  • Flexible Work Environment: Medical billing and coding positions often offer remote work opportunities or flexible scheduling, allowing you to create a work-life balance that suits your needs. You may even find part-time positions if that aligns better with your lifestyle. 
  • Short Training Period: You don't need years of schooling to enter this field! Earning a certification can take as little as 16 months through online programs. LSU Eunice even offers an online medical billing and coding certificate to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to launch your career! 
  • Opportunities for Career Advancement: With experience and additional certifications or degrees, you can advance your career to become a supervisor, manager, or medical coding auditor.  
  • Make a Positive Impact in Healthcare: Although you won't directly interact with patients, you will be crucial in creating accurate patient records and efficient healthcare delivery. Your work ensures that medical facilities receive proper reimbursement, allowing them to continue providing quality care.

Launch Your Career with an Online Certificate from LSUE  

If you're interested in healthcare but prefer a more behind-the-scenes role, medical billing and coding might be perfect for you. The online Certificate of Technical Studies in Medical Billing and Coding from LSU Eunice can help you get started in this career. The program provides the skills to process and manage patient records, billing, and insurance claims. 

Graduates will be prepared to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exams offered through The American Health Information Management Association, as well as the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam given by the American Academy of Professional Coders. Graduates can also sit for many others with different organizations. 
Take the first step towards your future in medical billing and coding— explore this program, or apply now! 

Explore the online Certificate of Technical Studies in Medical Billing and Coding from LSU Eunice!



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