Once you have entered into the medical billing and coding field you are opening up opportunities that you may have never believed would be possible. If you began as a medical billing specialist then how would you make the move to administrator? It would take:
⎫ Work experience
⎫ Training and education
The key to advancing is to know your options. Have an understanding of the opportunities that could be set forth in front of you. This will provide you with a better understanding of where you want your career to be headed. Some of the areas that a medical billing and coding specialist may have the opportunity to advance to include: specializing in the management of patient accounts, examining health related claims, collecting past due amounts from health insurance carriers and patients, hospital administrator, teaching medical billing and coding classes, managing a small medical office or becoming a medical billing service sales agent.
Next you should take a look at your current qualifications. If you are seeking to advance then you need the education to back you. If you want to advance into a better opportunity then you would need something better than a certification.
The AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) offers degree programs that you can take to help you earn an associate’s degree. If you choose from there you can earn your bachelors, master or an advanced certification. These degrees are essential if you want to move up within the health care field.
Start small if you are trying to enter into a supervisor type position. If you are currently working at a small medical office and they have an on-the-job training program then this may be something that you would be able to enter into, this is a great way to get your foot in the door.
The higher the degree the higher you are able to advance.
You may be qualified to work as an assistant to the current administrator; however you would need to currently possess a degree in administration (bachelors) within a health care field. In order to work in a management type role you would need to possess a master’s degree.
According to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), it would depend on your educational background, training, etc. to regulate how much you make. While you are working advance in your career you will hear about those in the higher fields earn more than you, try not to let this discourage you from doing your best, instead let it be what spurs you into action.
The current salary for entry level positions in health information management is approximately $40,000 to $75,000 a year. Advancements typically change depending on where you are working. If you are working in a private medical office then the annual wage would be lower than that of someone that is working in a hospital type setting. It is your choice and choice alone on whether you will want to advance within your career from a medical billing and coding career to a position that will be more rewarding to your future.