Michigan is a good state to consider a career in the administrative sector of the healthcare industry.
One such sector is medical coding and billing, which requires training and certification, but not much else.
Read on if you’re interested in starting a new career.
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What is Medical Coding?
Medical coders transform information from medical reports into a shorter code to be used in various ways, at a later time.
Medical conditions, affections, and treatments, and not only, are assigned a shorter code that is easier to use or navigate.
The most important codes for this profession are CPT, ICD-10-CMN, and HCPCS Level II.
These are part of these major code sets:
All these codes, as well as their organization, and the correct way of using them is learned during a training program that doesn’t last for more than 8 months.
AAPC initiated these training programs and is also issuing the CPC certification for this occupation, once the candidates pass an exam.
What is Medical Billing?
The codes above are usually used to create invoices for the patients who benefited from any medical service.
A medical biller usually needs to know the codes as well.
The invoices are needed by 3 parties:
- The clinic or hospital where the treatment was offered
- The patient, so he can pay for the treatments and consultations
- The insurance companies, to be able to cover their part of the bill.
A medical biller has to be quite knowledgeable when it comes to creating an invoice, but their knowledge can’t stop there.
They learn everything they need to know during the 8 months training course created by AAPC for this domain.
Those who complete their training, need to take and pass an exam, then they can receive their CPB certification.
Getting the Appropriate Education and Certification
The training programs above are available to those who obtained a high school diploma or GED.
These candidates don’t need a higher degree or more education than this.
The courses for the CPC and CPB certifications are organized by AAPC.
However, AAPC authorized other educational institutions to also organize them.
In addition to earning a CPC or CPB diploma, you can also earn a degree which opens the doors for a real career.
Here you can see all the schools offering such training in Michigan.
|ALPENA COMMUNITY COLLEGE||665 Johnson St Alpena, MI|
|Altierus Career Education||21107 Lahser Rd, Southfield, MI 48033|
|BAKER COLLEGE||4500 Enterprise Dr Allen Park, MI 48101|
|BAKER COLLEGE||1500 University Drive Auburn Hills, MI 48326|
|BAKER COLLEGE||9600 E 13th St Cadillac, MI 49601|
|BAKER COLLEGE||34401 S Gratiot Ave, Clinton Twp, MI 48035|
|BAKER COLLEGE||1050 West Bristol Road Flint, MI 48507|
|BAKER COLLEGE||2800 Springport Rd Jackson, MI 49202|
|BAKER COLLEGE||1903 Marquette Ave Muskegon, MI 49442|
|BAKER COLLEGE||1020 S. Washington Street Owosso, MI 48867|
|BAKER COLLEGE||3403 Lapeer Road Port Huron, MI|
|DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY||6191 Kraft Avenue S.E. Grand Rapids, MI|
|DELTA COLLEGE||1961 Delta Road University Center, MI|
|DORSEY BUSINESS SCHOOLS||31739 John R Road Madison Heights, Michigan 48071|
|DORSEY BUSINESS SCHOOLS||18660 Ford Road Detroit, Michigan 48228|
|DORSEY BUSINESS SCHOOLS||31450 Gratiot Ave. Roseville, MI 48066|
|DORSEY BUSINESS SCHOOLS||4390 Bay Road Saginaw, Michigan 48603|
|DORSEY BUSINESS SCHOOLS||440 N. Telegraph Road Pontiac, Michigan 48341|
|DORSEY BUSINESS SCHOOLS||19810 West Road, Woodhaven, MI 48183|
|EVEREST INSTITUTE||300 River Pl Dr #1000, Detroit, MI 48207|
|FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY||1201 S State St Big Rapids, MI|
|GLEN OAKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE||62249 Shimmel Rd Centreville, MI|
|GOGEBIC COMMUNITY COLLEGE||E4946 Jackson Rd Ironwood, MI|
|HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE||5101 Evergreen Rd Dearborn, MI|
|JACKSON COLLEGE||2111 Emmons Rd Jackson, MI|
|KALAMAZOO VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE||6767 West O Ave Kalamazoo, MI|
|KIRTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE||10775 N Saint Helen Road Roscommon, MI|
|LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE||419 N Capitol Ave Lansing, MI|
|NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE||1515 Howard St Petoskey, MI|
|OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE||2480 Opdyke Rd Bloomfield Hills, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||4741 Washtenaw Ave Ann Arbor, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||8110 Murphy Drive Brighton, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||44958 Ford Rd Canton, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||815 S State St Davison, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||G3630 Miller Road, Suite D Flint, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||4528 Breton Road, SE Kentwood, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||4106 W Saginaw Hwy Lansing, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||29429 John R Road Madison Heights, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||51133 Birch Street, Ste 100 New Baltimore, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||2887 Krafft Road, Suite 700 Port Huron, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||6235 S Westnedge Portage, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||950 Norton Avenue, Suite D Roosevelt Park, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||4300 Fashion Square Blvd., 2nd Floor, Suite 202 Saginaw, MI|
|ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER||22311 Eureka Road Taylor, MI|
|SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE||18600 Haggerty Road Livonia, MI|
|SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN COLLEGE||58900 Cherry Grove Rd Dowagiac, MI|
|STAUTZENBERGER INSTITUTE-ALLEN PARK||16630 Southfield Road Allen Park, MI|
|WASHTENAW COMMUNITY COLLEGE||4800 E Huron River Dr Ann Arbor, MI|
|WAYNE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT||801 W. Fort Street Detroit, MI|
|WEST SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE||3000 N Stiles Rd Scottville, MI|
Such classes can be held either in a classroom, online, and even a combination of the two is possible.
Undergoing training for both certifications is a good idea because your chances of finding employment will be at least double.
Expected Salary in Michigan and Employment Information
Overall, in Michigan, the unemployment rate is decreasing, and this is good news for those in the medical coding and billing field as well.
Some of the cities in which salaries for this profession are higher, are Warren, Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor, the charter township Clinton, Livonia, and Dearborn.Annual Salary Range:
|Location||Avg. Annual Salary|
Professionals like medical billers and coders have the option to work from home as well, making this field quite attractive.
The largest employers in Michigan, for medical billers and coders, can be seen below:
- Allegan General Hospital was the first facility to offer mobile MRI services.
- Those working here receive benefits such as paid time off including holidays, a pension plan, retirement savings plans, and more.
- Blodgett Hospital has a history of more than 150 years and is now part of the Spectrum Health system.
- The facility offers employee benefits such as paid holidays, several insurance plans to choose from, retirement options, and others.
- Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital is an award-winning facility.
- The employees here are offered a good selection of benefits, such as sick days, paid time off, paid holidays, and life insurance coverage, to name a few.
Read the full guide: How to Become a Medical Biller and Coder