5 great reasons people become billing and coding specialists
The Branford Hall Career Institute is headquartered right in Branford, Connecticut, and is proud to offer career-focused training to prepare our students for the world of work. This blog post puts the spotlight on our medical billing and coding program, otherwise know as our Health Claims Specialist program.
What are health claims specialists, and why do people choose this career? Health claims specialists are responsible for providing accurate medical coding on patients’ electronic medical records. These codes are necessary so that insurers know what services were provided, and then in turn, can provide the accurate reimbursement. In a time when all medical providers are converting to electronic systems, it’s essential that medical billers and coders know how to code correctly and how to record information electronically.
Here are some great reasons to choose this career path:
1. Health claims specialists get to work in an office environment
Some people want to be part of the healthcare industry, but aren’t comfortable working directly with patients. They may be uncomfortable with seeing blood or working with sick people. They may not want a clinical job where they have to be on their feet all day. They may not like the emotional demands of working with sick patients. If you feel the same way, you might appreciate an office job where you work at a desk and a computer for most of the day.
2. You can get trained in one year
Medical billing and coding is a field that you can enter without a college degree. Most training programs last about one year or two years, depending on the program you choose. The Health Claims Specialist program at Branford Hall can be completed in less than one year if you attend classes regularly and keep up with your classwork. If you are someone who wants to get into the workforce quickly, a one-year training program might be a good decision for you.
3. Your skills are portable
Medical facilities across the entire country use medical billers and coders. If you ever need to move, it’s good to know that your skills are useful throughout the country. Unlike some healthcare positions where licensing requirements may differ from state to state, medical billers and coders have skills that are recognized across all states.
4. Steady working hours
Medical billers and coders tend to work steady hours. If you are tired of a dead-end job with unpredictable hours, you will appreciate the regularity of your hours in this career. Most positions are full-time during business hours, although some positions may require weekend work and night work.
5. Your job will make a difference
The work that health claims specialists do is important. They are the link between the patient, medical provider, and insurance provider. They ensure that insurance payments are made correctly so that patients can get the medical care they need. If you choose this career, you will have skills that you can be proud of, and you will be contributing to the health and welfare of people in your community.
Our Branford campus is proud of our Health Claims Specialists currently enrolled in our program. If you are interested in learning more about this career, contact us through our simple online form. Our enrollment process is rolling, which means you can fill out our application at any time of the year. We hope you choose Branford Hall for your career training.