Learn Medical Billing & Coding

By Nicki Howell

  • Overview

    Health care is one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation, and the demand for medical billers and coders is expected to grow faster then average according to the Bureaus of Labor Statistics. Even if you don't have medical experience, you can get training to break into this occupation. Also, working as a medical biller or coder will allow you the flexibility of starting your own business or working for a medical practice or hospital.
    • Step 1

      If you don't have any medical experience, enroll in a course. Penn Foster Career Schools offers medical billing and coding courses that can be completed at your own place. Also, programs are facilitated online, so you don't need to attend on-site classes.
    • Step 2

      Seek experience in a medical practice or hospital. Since your education will be completed online, apply for a short internship to get hands on experience and network with potential employers.

    • Step 3

      Decide if you want to start your own medical billing and coding business, or work for an employer. Starting your own business will give you the flexibility of work from your home office and set your own office hours, while working for an employer provides a stable paycheck and benefits.
    • Step 4

      Market your skills. If you are starting your own business, you will need to secure projects. Medical billing and coding projects can be found at job bidding sites like Guru. Just look under the administrative category to find projects. Guru provides free access to jobs in your area, but you will need to pay a subscription fee to get access to worldwide medical billing and coding projects.
    • Step 5

      Apply for on-site medical billing and coding jobs. You can contact medical practices directly to tap into unadvertised jobs, or search for job postings with companies such as Monster and Hotjobs. Also, postings can also be found on Craig's List and in the medical section of your local community newspaper.
    • Skill: Moderate
    • Tip: Update your resume. After you earn a certificate from a career school like Penn Foster, update your resume to include your new experience. If you completed an internship, make sure to highlight that experience. Samples of medical billing and coding resumes can be found at Tele-work Recruiting.
    • Warning:
    • Hold back taxes. If you will be launching your own medical billing and coding business, save all of your pay stubs and proof of business related expenses for taxes.

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