The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, has projected the employment of health information technicians (which includes Medical Insurance Billers) to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
According to the BLS, the demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages and the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform. This is expected to create more claims from insurance companies and additional records, which will lead to an increased need for technicians to manage and organize the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.
Medical Insurance Billers and Coders organize and manage health information data and are responsible for documenting patients’ health information, including medical histories, symptoms, examination and test results, treatments, and other information about health care services provided to patients. Their duties vary by employer and by the size of the facility in which they work.
Medical Insurance Billers and Coders routinely perform a variety of important tasks, including:
- Scheduling patient appointments.
- Reviewing patients’ records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data.
- Organizing and maintaining data for clinical databases and registries.
- Tracking patient outcomes for quality assessment.
- Using classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis.
- Electronically recording data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting.
- Maintaining confidentiality of patients’ records.
The Medical Insurance Billing program at Nevada Career Institute focuses on teaching the skills and best practices needed to work in a health care or medical office, including medical terminology and basic human anatomy, front office procedures, how to submit medical claims, insurance reimbursement, managed care procedures, computer billing applications and computer medical coding.
Nevada Career Institute cannot guarantee employment.
*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm. For the latest national information, please visit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.