Medical Billing and Coding Career Overview
Billers and Coders:
- Locate medical codes such as CPT and ICD codes
- Obtain insurance referrals
- Process insurance claim forms
- Bill third-party payers and patients
- Track insurance claims
- Write appeals on claims
To successfully complete the program and practice as a Medical Biller and Coder, student must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. Students are encouraged to meet with the Disability & Access Center to discuss potential issues associated with meeting these requirements.
The SWIC Career Activities and Employment Center offers a Career Mentor program, including job shadowing.
The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook provides additional career information
A variety of employers are seeking individuals trained in Billing and Coding:
- Small and large group practices
- Dental offices
- Health clinics
- Nursing homes
- Mental care facilities
- Rehabilitation centers
- Insurance companies
- Health maintenance organizations
According to the U.S. Department of Labor 2019-2029 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of , medical billing and coding technicians is expected to increase by 8 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Starting salaries are about $30,000 annually, depending on the facility and the training and skills of the medical biller and coder.
Salary with Certification
Professional Coders make approximately 5 to 10 percent more than non-certified coders.