The healthcare field is fast-paced and ever-changing. With advances in technology changing the healthcare field on a daily basis, physicians and hospitals rely on the knowledge of medical billers and coders to ensure visits are being billed correctly and payment is received for services.
Medical billers and coders need to keep abreast of the latest changes in their line of work so that doctor’s offices and hospitals run smoothly. Keeping your career up-to-date is key if you want to advance to a leadership role in the future. There are several ways to achieve continued success in your medical billing and coding career.
Never Stop Learning
There’s always something new to learn in the healthcare field. While medical billers and coders relied on the ICD-9 system for nearly 40 years, the new ICD-10 system was introduced in 2015.
The ICD-10 system includes over 150,000 codes for medical billers to choose from. All those extra codes means the old and new medical billers and coders need the proper training to become an expert in the system.
In addition to learning the ICD-10 coding system, medical billers and coders have the opportunity to receive further training within their field at conferences, workshops, and classes.
Get Involved With Other Medical Billers
Medical billers and coders have to juggle many moving parts to be successful at their job. While physicians and administrators rely on these important team members to correctly bill and receive payment for services, medical billers and coders also need assistance to properly perform their job.
Building up a supportive team of fellow medical billers and coders can make every task much easier. Social media, workshops, and conferences held by industry leaders like the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) and the AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) are all excellent resources for medical billers and coders.
Increase Earning Potential
There are several ways to advance in the medical billing and coding field, one of which is to become certified in multiple areas. Certifications like CPC-C, RHIT, and HRHIA are all building blocks for a successful career in the medical billing and coding field. Many employers will even assist with the cost of educational expenses for certifications.