Guide to Starting a Career in Medical Biling & Coding


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Medical Billing and Insurance Coding is technical work that requires attention to detail and patience. It’s not a job that just anyone is cut out for! But if working at a computer and ensuring things are done right is important to you, it may be just the kind of career you should look into. Professionals in the Medical Billing and Insurance Coding field translate medical professionals’ diagnoses, procedures, and treatments into codes used for billing and insurance claims. They determine a patient’s insurance coverage, process insurance claims, and help patients with payment plans when necessary.


In short, they ensure everyone in the office gets paid, and the patients aren’t paying more than their fair share. It is a critical piece of the medical field, and it is surprisingly easy to get started through a training program like the Medical Billing and Insurance Coding program at UEI. Read on to see how you can enter this important career field.


If you're interested in pursuing a career in the Medical Billing and Insurance Coding field, consider enrolling in UEI College's Medical Billing and Insurance Coding Program. The program can be completed, and you can earn your diploma in as little as 10 months!

How to Start a Career in the Medical Billing and Insurance Coding Field?

Getting started in a new career is always intimidating, but with the right training and support, it doesn’t have to be. You can begin an entry-level position in the Medical Billing and Insurance Coding field in just four steps that take less than a year to complete.

Step 1. Choose a Medical Billing and Coding Program

Medical Billing and Insurance Coding is something that needs to be done correctly, so employers in the field like to know you have the training and experience necessary to take on this role. The best way to receive that training is through a training program. Take your time finding a program. Ask about what is covered, the equipment and programs used, and the real-life experience the program offers.


Step 2. Complete & Graduate From the Program

Once you’ve selected the right program for you, it’s time to buckle down. This field requires attention to detail, so it’s important to begin applying that right away in your coursework. The instructors at UEI have experience working in this field. Lean on them for their knowledge and allow them to guide you toward success.


Step 3. Take a Certification Exam

While not required, achieving certification through the CPC Exam (Certified Professional Coder) will give you an extra edge when it comes to finding full-time employment. With experience, you may learn of more certifications that can help further your career.


Step 4. Find a New Position

When you complete the Medical Billing and Insurance Coding program through UEI College, our Career Services Department will connect you with an externship to put your learned skills into practice. We work hard to build partnerships in the community with externship sites that are ready to hire. We’ll also help you create or update your resume and set up interviews with companies in your community. Our goal is not only to give you the skills you need to be successful but the resources to connect you with employers. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to launch into the Medical Billing and Insurance Coding field with confidence.

Do You Need a Degree to Pursue a Career in the Medical Billing and Coding Field?

There is no set college degree needed to find a job in the Medical Billing and Insurance Coding field. Most employers prefer to see that you’re familiar with the programs and terms used to do the job and have completed an accredited training program. The more experience you can list on your resume, the better. Some employers like to see that you have passed the CPC Exam to become a Certified Professional Coder, but it may not be necessary for an entry-level position.

Most entry-level positions do require a high school diploma. If you do not have a high school diploma, you can still begin training for a new career. Reach out today to learn more about your options.

What Are the Requirements to Become a Coder?

Most professionals in the Medical Billing and Insurance Coding field begin their employment doing Medical Billing. Once you’ve gained experience with Billing, you may desire to step further into medical or insurance Coding. This position enters medical information into a database to ensure payment for services. It requires in-depth knowledge of the codes used for services and the software used to track them. This profession requires a high school diploma, training, and passing a certification exam. There are several certifications available in this field, including:

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Certified Coding Assistant (CCA)

Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P)

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Enroll at UEI To Begin a New Career in the Medical Billing and Insurance Coding Field

UEI offers flexible day and evening schedules with hands-on experience to prepare you for a medical billing and insurance coding career. We offer courses during the day or evening with live lectures, quizzes and assignments online. Experienced instructors will teach you the ins and outs of the Medical Billing and Insurance Coding field with hands-on practice.

If you’re looking to make a career change quickly but have been lacking the support and resources to do it, give us a call today. We’ll walk with you every step of the way to learning Medical Billing and Insurance Coding.