In Illinois is rather easy to enter the healthcare industry as long as you choose an administrative position.
This can be that of coding medical reports and creating invoices for the hospital.
Here we have more information pertaining to this field.
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What is Medical Coding?
In order to make some processes easier when interpreting the information from medical reports, shorter codes are being used.
A person usually transforms those details into a code that can easier be used elsewhere.
This information transformation process is called coding.
There are a variety of codes to be used, all according to specific rules.
These are the 3 major sets of code:
In Illinois, like in most other states, the people working with these codes will need to know CPT, ICD-10-CMN, and HCPCS Level II coding, the best.
Specialized training will teach you all about these codes and the rules they follow.
What is Medical Billing?
Medical services and procedures need to be paid for.
To pay for these, the patients need their hospital invoices.
Usually, these invoices are compiles by a medical biller who might need to also know medical coding.
Generally, if you work on this position, you’ll need to know:
- Specialized terms
- The ins and outs of the insurance system
- Specific medical codes
All this information is made available to those who get trained for this position.
Getting the Appropriate Education and Certification
While you can get either certification for coding or billing, it’s best if you got both even if you were to get hired on a job where you’ll be doing just one task.
The certifications are:
- CPB, needed by future billers
- CPC, needed by future coders
For the certification, you need to first complete your training.
The high school diploma or GED is all you need to enroll in a training program for the medical coding and billing position.
The training program doesn’t last for more than 8 months, thus you have the possibility of starting your new career faster than with other occupations.
When it’s over you’re expected to sit through and pass a test or two, if you want a double certification.
Next, you can see the Illinois colleges offering training programs or medical billers and coders.
|BIR TRAINING CENTER||3601 W Devon Avenue, Ste. 310 Chicago, IL|
|BLACK HAWK COLLEGE||6600-34th Avenue Moline, IL|
|CET-CHICAGO||100 N Western, 3rd Floor Chicago, IL|
|CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO-HARRY S TRUMAN COLLEGE||1145 W Wilson Ave. Chicago, IL|
|CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO-KENNEDY-KING COLLEGE||6301 S Halsted St Chicago, IL|
|CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO-MALCOLM X COLLEGE||1900 W Van Buren Chicago, IL|
|CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO-RICHARD J DALEY COLLEGE||7500 S Pulaski Rd Chicago, IL|
|COLLEGE OF DUPAGE||425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, IL|
|COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY||19351 W Washington St. Grayslake, IL|
|COYNE COLLEGE||330 North Green Street Chicago, IL|
|DANVILLE AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE||2000 E Main St Danville, IL|
|EAST-WEST UNIVERSITY||816 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL|
|FRONTIER COMMUNITY COLLEGE||2 Frontier Dr, Fairfield, IL 62837|
|HEARTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE||1500 West Raab Road Normal, IL|
|HIGHLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE||2998 W Pearl City Rd Freeport, IL|
|ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE||1 College Drive East Peoria, IL|
|ILLINOIS VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE||815 N Orlando Smith Ave Oglesby, IL|
|JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE||1215 Houbolt Rd Joliet, IL|
|KANKAKEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE||100 College Drive Kankakee, IL|
|KISHWAUKEE COLLEGE||21193 Malta Rd Malta, IL|
|LAKE LAND COLLEGE||5001 Lake Land Blvd Mattoon, IL|
|LEWIS AND CLARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE||5800 Godfrey Rd Godfrey, IL|
|LINCOLN LAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE||5250 Shepherd Rd Springfield, IL|
|MADISON MEDIA INSTITUTE-ROCKFORD CAREER COLLEGE||1130 South Alpine Road Rockford, IL|
|MCHENRY COUNTY COLLEGE||8900 US Hwy 14 Crystal Lake, IL|
|MIDSTATE COLLEGE||411 W Northmoor Road Peoria, IL|
|MIDWEST TECHNICAL INSTITUTE-EAST PEORIA||280 High Point Ln East Peoria, IL|
|MIDWEST TECHNICAL INSTITUTE-SPRINGFIELD||2731 Farmers Market Road Springfield, IL|
|MIDWESTERN CAREER COLLEGE||20 North Wacker Drive Ste 3800 Chicago, IL|
|MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE||9000 W. College Parkway Palos Hills, IL|
|OAKTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE||1600 E Golf Rd. Des Plaines, IL|
|OLNEY CENTRAL COLLEGE||305 N West Street Olney, IL|
|RASMUSSEN COLLEGE-ILLINOIS||6000 East State Street, 4th Floor Rockford, IL|
|REND LAKE COLLEGE||468 N Ken Gray Pky Ina, IL|
|RICHLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE||One College Pk Decatur, IL|
|ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE||3301 N Mulford Rd Rockford, IL|
|SHAWNEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE||8364 Shawnee College Rd Ullin, IL|
|SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE||15800 South State Street South Holland, IL|
|SOUTHEASTERN ILLINOIS COLLEGE||3575 College Road Harrisburg, IL|
|SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS COLLEGE||2500 Carlyle Ave Belleville, IL|
|SPOON RIVER COLLEGE||23235 North County 22 Canton, IL|
|WAUBONSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE||Rte 47 at Waubonsee Drive Sugar Grove, IL|
|WILLIAM RAINEY HARPER COLLEGE||1200 W Algonquin Rd Palatine, IL|
AAPC is the institution that created these certifications and the only body issuing them.
The training courses for this medical specialization are available at several other colleges as well.
Generally, the classes are organized both in-person and online, and even a combination of the two is possible at times.
To ensure you’ll find employment as fast as possible, verify that the school offers support with this aspect, after graduation.
Employment and Salary Information
Experience is the main factor that has a say over how much money you make on any position, including medical coding and billing.
The cost of living in certain states and cities are other major factors having an influence over your paycheck.
There are about 8,000 active medical billers or coders in Illinois, a state with a rather low unemployment rate in recent years.Annual Salary Range:
|Location||Avg. Annual Salary|
It’s a good idea to check out your future possible employers before you start on a new career path.
Here are Illinois’ main seekers of medical billers or coders:
- Alton Memorial Hospital: Most employees here benefit from tuition assistance when working more than 30 hours per pay period.
- Central DuPage Hospital: The staff here gets paid time off, retirement plans, and health insurance.
- Decatur Memorial Hospital: This century-old hospital employs more than 2,500 individuals and offers them many bonuses.
It’s worth noting that those who have a hard time commuting, for whatever reason, can work as medical billers or coders from home as well.
Read the full guide: How to Become a Medical Biller and Coder