Is Medical Billing and Coding a Good Career Choice? - FTC Florida Technical College

Is Medical Billing and Coding a Good Career Choice?

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Get Started in a Career in Medical Billing and Coding!

Not so many years ago, one of the only paths to a college diploma was to commit to four years as a full-time student who most likely resided and attended classes on campus. We all take different paths in life; many people find employment right after high school, perhaps hoping one day to go back and earn a college degree. Fortunately, today there isn’t just one way to pursue that education—there are many and if you decide to start a career in medical billing and coding, Florida Technical College programs offers programs designed for training future medical billers and coders.

At Florida Technical College, we’re excited to offer a growing number of online degree programs, which allow you to take classes and earn a diploma while keeping the job that you have. And FTC understands that you may have a family to care for or other responsibilities in your life, which is why our programs are designed to let you complete coursework at your own pace.

It’s all made even easier by the Canvas learning platform we’ve adopted, providing a remarkably clean user interface that is easy to use and mobile-friendly, so you can get your assignments on your phone while you’re on the go! Florida Technical College’s goal is to erase the barriers between you and your career dreams.

One of our online programs, the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Associate of Science degree, gains you entry into a career field that is expected to grow at a rate much faster than the U.S. average in the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Between the recent and ongoing changes to health care coverage and the aging population, job prospects for trained and certified medical billing and coding specialists will continue to be strong.

An associate’s degree from Florida Technical College provides the training you’ll need to seek an entry-level position in the field. How do you know if this associate’s degree program is right for you? We’re looking for applicants who are:

• Interested in the healthcare field and eager to be on the front end of the technological shift in health care management and delivery.

• Detail oriented and willing to learn how to interpret medical records and diagnoses.

• Good at communicating with other medical professionals, such as physicians and finance personnel.

• Ready to launch a career in a fast-growing field that is increasingly vital to the success and stability of health care in America.

What Does a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Do?

Medical billing and coding is a role that requires an understanding of administrative tasks performed in a medical office. In a smaller medical facility, you may handle the entire billing process from coding insurance claims to posting payments. At a larger medical facility, you may specialize in a particular task, like researching and resubmitting denied claims.

Vocational training in medical billing and coding shows employers you’re ready to begin the job immediately with little on-the-job training, saving valuable resources in the process. A medical billing and coding specialist may manage the following administrative duties:

  • Review medical records for completeness and accuracy
  • Convert supplies, treatments and procedures into standardized codes used to generate bills
  • Submit invoices to insurance providers like Medicare
  • Research and resubmit denied bills to correct them and obtain reimbursement
  • Communicate with patients, insurance providers and medical staff
  • Handle light bookkeeping duties, and follow up to obtain outstanding payments

If this sounds like the path you should explore, and if you have the time in your life to work toward a degree from the comfort of your home, then don’t make any more excuses. Contact Florida Technical College today!

Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Diploma Program is designed to prepare you to obtain entry-level positions in the medical billing and coding field through a combination of both clinical and administrative training. You will learn and practice how to use management software and electronic health records (EHR). You will further become proficient in medical insurance and billing using the ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS II coding system manuals.

Ready to move from the classroom to a career? Florida Technical College is here to help. Contact us to learn more about completing the medical assistant technician diploma program, patient care technician program or medical billing and coding specialist program at Florida Technical College.

*These examples are intended to serve only as a general guide of possible employment opportunities. There are many factors that determine the job an individual may obtain, and Florida Technical College cannot guarantee its graduate any particular job. Some positions may require license or other certifications. We encourage you to research the requirements for the particular position you desire.