If you want to work in the medical field but not in a front line position, medical billing and coding could be what you need.
Maybe you live in California, in which case you should read the article below for info on the state’s certification process.
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What is Medical Coding?
In medical coding, professionals turn medical reports into data called “short code”.
This process makes the reports easier to use for those working in the field.
The three most significant codes are:
As a medical coder, you will need how to work with these codes.
In California, you will need to know CPT, ICD-10-CMN, and HCPCS Level II coding.
Each of these codes uses a specific wording for the medical procedures and diseases encountered.
Also, every code is used and managed in a different way.
What is Medical Billing?
Every patient receives an invoice after receiving treatment, and this invoice is called billing.
These are not only given to patients but also to insurance companies.
The billing process is necessary so that the medical personnel receives payment for the procedures they provide.
As a biller, you will need to know how to use certain terminology as this will help you with creating correct invoices.
You will also need to know how the insurance procedures and reimbursement work.
Getting the Appropriate Education and Certification
In order to work as a medical biller or coder, you will only need a high-school diploma.
No further higher education is required.
However, you will need to get a certification in the niche.
Certifications are issued by the AAPC.
Before becoming certified, you will need to attend a training course.
Luckily, getting trained in medical billing and coding only lasts for 8 months.
This will allow you to search for a job quite fast.
AAPC is the biggest medical coding training and certification association in the country,
In order to be able to work, you need to get either the CPB certification or the CPC certification.
The CPB certification is required for billing, while the CPC certification is required for coding.
In California, there are many schools that provide training in the field.
Before you opt for a particular school, you need to keep a few things in mind.
|ADVANCED COLLEGE||13180 Paramount Blvd. South Gate, CA|
|ALLIED AMERICAN UNIVERSITY||22952 Alcalde Drive Laguna Hills, CA|
|AMERICAN CAREER COLLEGE||1200 N. Magnolia Ave. Anaheim, CA|
|AMERICAN CAREER COLLEGE||236 East 3rd Street Long Beach, CA|
|AMERICAN CAREER COLLEGE||4021 Rosewood Avenue Los Angeles, CA|
|AMERICAN CAREER COLLEGE||3130 East Sedona Court Ontario, CA|
|AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE||11801 Pierce St., Suite 100 Riverside, CA|
|AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE||6606 Pacific Blvd Ste 204 Huntington Park, CA|
|ASHER COLLEGE||1215 Howe Ave Suite 101 Sacramento, CA|
|CALIFORNIA HEALING ARTS COLLEGE||500 East Carson Plaza Drive, Suite 103 Carson, CA|
|CANADA COLLEGE||4200 Farm Hill Blvd. Redwood City, CA|
|CAREER COLLEGE CONSULTANTS||5015 Eagle Rock Blvd Ste 302 Los Angeles, CA|
|CAREER NETWORKS INSTITUTE||702 W Town and Country Rd Orange, CA|
|CENTRAL COAST COLLEGE||480 S Main Street Salinas, CA|
|CHARTER COLLEGE||27125 Sierra Hwy Ste 329 Canyon Country, CA|
|CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO||50 Phelan Ave San Francisco, CA|
|CONCORDE CAREER COLLEGE||12951 Euclid Street, Suite 101 Garden Grove, CA|
|COSUMNES RIVER COLLEGE||8401 Center Pkwy, Sacramento, CA 95823|
|CYPRESS COLLEGE||9200 Valley View Cypress, CA|
|DOWNEY ADULT SCHOOL||12340 Woodruff Ave Downey, CA|
|EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE||1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez Monterey Park, CA|
|EMPIRE COLLEGE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS||3035 Cleveland Ave Santa Rosa, CA|
|EVEREST COLLEGE||2215 W Mission Rd Alhambra, CA|
|EVEREST COLLEGE||511 North Brookhurst St., Suite 300 Anaheim, CA|
|EVEREST COLLEGE||12801 Crossroads Parkway South City of Industry, CA|
|EVEREST COLLEGE||1045 W. Redondo Beach Boulevard, Suite 275 Gardena, CA|
|EVEREST COLLEGE||1460 S. Milliken Ave Ontario, CA|
|EVEREST COLLEGE||18040 Sherman Way Ste 400 Reseda, CA|
|EVEREST COLLEGE||500 West Santa Ana Blvd Santa Ana, CA|
|EVEREST COLLEGE||3000 S Robertson Blvd #300 Los Angeles, CA|
|FOUR-D COLLEGE||1020 East Washington Street Colton, CA|
|GALAXY MEDICAL COLLEGE||6400 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Suite 270 North Hollywood, CA|
|HACIENDA LA PUENTE ADULT EDUCATION||14101 E. Nelson Ave La Puente, CA|
|HEALD COLLEGE||5130 Commercial Circle Concord, CA|
|HEALD COLLEGE||255 W Bullard Fresno, CA|
|HEALD COLLEGE||25500 Industrial Blvd. Hayward, CA|
|HEALD COLLEGE||5260 Pirrone Ct Salida, CA|
|HEALD COLLEGE||2910 Prospect Park Dr Rancho Cordova, CA|
|HEALD COLLEGE||Seven Sierra Gate Plaza Roseville, CA|
|HEALD COLLEGE||1450 N Main St Salinas, CA|
|HEALD COLLEGE||875 Howard Street Suite 100 San Francisco, CA|
|HEALD COLLEGE||341 Great Mall Pky Milpitas, CA|
|HEALD COLLEGE||1605 E March Ln Stockton, CA|
|INFOTECH CAREER COLLEGE||8527 Alondra Blvd, #174 Paramount, CA|
|INSTITUTE FOR BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY||2400 Walsh Avenue Santa Clara, CA|
|INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY INC||564 W Herndon Clovis, CA|
|INTERCOAST COLLEGES||3745 W. Chapman Avenue #100 Orange, CA|
|KAPLAN COLLEGE||555 Broadway Suite 144 Chula Vista, CA|
|KAPLAN COLLEGE||4040 Vine Street Riverside, CA|
|KAPLAN COLLEGE||9055 Balboa Avenue San Diego, CA|
|KAPLAN COLLEGE||2022 University Dr Vista, CA|
|LAURUS COLLEGE||81 Higuera St Ste 110 San Luis Obispo, CA|
|LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY||11139 Anderson Street Loma Linda, CA|
|MAYFIELD COLLEGE||35-325 Date Palm Dr Ste 101 Cathedral City, CA|
|MENDOCINO COLLEGE||1000 Hensley Creek Road Ukiah, CA|
|MTI COLLEGE||5221 Madison Ave Sacramento, CA|
|NATIONAL UNIVERSITY||11255 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA|
|NORTH-WEST COLLEGE||221 North Brand Glendale, CA|
|NORTH-WEST COLLEGE||3799 E. Burnett Street Long Beach, CA|
|NORTH-WEST COLLEGE||530 E Union Pasadena, CA|
|NORTH-WEST COLLEGE||170 W Holt Ave Pomona, CA|
|NORTH-WEST COLLEGE||4550 La Sierra Ave Riverside, CA|
|NORTH-WEST COLLEGE||1840 E. 17th Street Santa Ana, CA|
|NORTH-WEST COLLEGE||2121 W Garvey Ave West Covina, CA|
|PALLADIUM TECHNICAL ACADEMY||10503 Valley Blvd El Monte, CA|
|PCI COLLEGE||17215 Studebaker Rd #310 Cerritos, CA|
|POMONA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ADULT AND CAREER EDUCATION||1515 W Mission Blvd Pomona, CA|
|SAN DIEGO COLLEGE||3350 Market St Ste C San Diego, CA|
|SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE||721 Cliff Drive Santa Barbara, CA|
|SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE||900 Otay Lakes Rd Chula Vista, CA|
|SUMMIT COLLEGE||851 S. Cooley Dr Colton, CA|
|UEI COLLEGE||2002 N Gateway Blvd. Fresno, CA|
|UEI COLLEGE||661 West Redondo Beach Blvd Gardena, CA|
|UNITED EDUCATION INSTITUTE||6055 Pacific Boulevard Huntington Park, CA|
|UNIVERSITY OF ANTELOPE VALLEY||44055 Sierra Highway Lancaster, CA|
|VALLEY COLLEGE OF MEDICAL CAREERS||8399 Topanga Canyon Blvd Ste 200 West Hills, CA|
|WESTECH COLLEGE||9490 Sierra Avenue Fontana, CA|
|WESTWOOD COLLEGE||20 W 7th St Upland, CA|
|WESTWOOD COLLEGE||3250 Wilshire Blvd Ste 400 Los Angeles, CA|
|WESTWOOD COLLEGE||19700 S. Vermont Avenue, Suite 100 Torrance, CA|
|WYOTECH||2161 Technology Place Long Beach, CA|
If you are already working you may want to enroll in a part-time or online course.
You can also choose to get both certifications at the same time.
If you do this, you will get better job opportunities in the future.
Some of the schools in California provide job placement options once you are done with your program.
If you choose billing and coding as your profession, you should know the outlook is positive in California.
This career is also suitable for people who prefer working from home or have a disability.
The salary you will make depends on several factors and one of these factors is the area where you work.
Typically, larger cities in California offer a better salary compared to the rural regions.
Another aspect to consider is your experience.
If you are just starting as an entry-level, you might make less money than someone who has more experience.Annual Salary Range: Annual Salary by Location:
|Location||Avg. Annual Salary|
Regional Salary in California
|Region||Employed||Avg. Annual Salary||Avg. Hourly Pay||Top 10% Annual Salary||Bottom 10% Annual Salary|
|El Centro, CA||80||$48,010||$23.08||$80,930||$31,260|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||8,290||$67,880||$32.63||$101,120||$37,120|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||350||$54,650||$26.27||$98,520||$29,970|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||1,710||$65,800||$31.63||$97,510||$34,780|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||1,630||$57,990||$27.88||$91,380||$36,080|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||2,630||$73,800||$35.48||$107,530||$43,670|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||1,070||$71,090||$34.18||$105,370||$44,500|
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA||90||$50,340||$24.2||$73,450||$30,070|
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||120||$55,490||$26.68||$102,500||$35,040|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||220||$55,240||$26.56||$93,510||$30,850|
|Santa Rosa, CA||180||$62,520||$30.06||$81,870||$38,070|
|Yuba City, CA||40||$48,630||$23.38||$74,410||$34,750|
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.
Other Info About Medical Billing and Coding
While medical billing and coding are 2 different branches of the same niche, they both deal with payment and invoices.
As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), California is the state with most medical billers and coders in the country.
Some of the biggest employers in this state are:
- Adventist Health: There are several health centers under this name and about 24,000 people work for this institution
- Desert Regional Medical Center: This center operates since the 1950s and offers several employee benefits
- Garfield Medical Center: Employs more than 1,300 people with a diverse background.