The unemployment in Texas appears a bit higher than in other states, but the demand for professionals outside the agricultural field is on the rise.
The healthcare sector saw a steady need for personnel, even in the administrative sector.
Medical coding and billing are one of the easiest and surest professions to find a job in, and here you can learn more about it!
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Medical Billing – Requirements, Exam, Certification
Patients would not be able to pay for their medical bills if it wasn’t for the professionals preparing them.
The requirements for this profession are:
- Graduating from a specific training program
- Having an Associates degree
- Knowing anatomy
- Knowing medical terms
- Pathophysiology knowledge
- AAPC membership
- Obtain a minimum score of 70% on the certification exam
AAPC is the institution that created the medical billing field.
AAPC also administers the medical billing exam which costs $399, but candidates can retake it for free in less than 12 months.
A passing score means receiving the certification as a professional biller (CPB).
Medical Coding – Requirements, Exam, Certification
AAPC also created medical coding which made the billing process faster and easier.
Medical coders need to translate the information from medical records into shorter code which can then be used in other reports, to create invoices, and not only.
There are 4 types of coding specialists:
- Certified Outpatient Coder
- Certified Inpatient Coder
- Certified Risk Adjustment Coder
- Certified Professional Coder
In all these specializations, the coder will use these following codes the most:
- HCPCS Level II
If you want to become a medical coder, you must:
- Have a high school diploma – it can be replaced by GED
- Know anatomy
- Know medical terms
- Earn the AAPC certification
Scoring at least 70% on the test overseen by AAPC is how you’ll earn the medical coder certification, regardless of specialization.
The exam comes with 150 questions and a time-frame of 5 hours and 40 minutes.
This is an open-book type of exam, and the books allowed are:
- AMA’s CPT Professional Edition
- An ICD-10-CM code manual
- An HCPCS Level II code manual
As a future medical coder and biller, you’ll find the best source for training at AAPC, but other schools and colleges also provide good classes for these professions.
The classes include:
- Medical billing
- Medical coding
- Medical terms
It’s very common for individuals to want to earn the certification for billing and for coding at the same time.
To do so, you’ll need to enroll in both training programs and pass both exams mentioned earlier.
While enrolling at one of the schools below, you can also earn a degree, which can help with your future career.
|AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT||5930 Middle Fiskville RdAustin, TX|
|BLINN COLLEGE||902 College AveBrenham, TX|
|CANNON INSTITUTE OF HIGHER LEARNING||8500 N Stemmons Frwy Ste 3030Dallas, TX|
|CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE||6200 West Central Texas ExpresswayKilleen, TX|
|COASTAL BEND COLLEGE||3800 Charco RdBeeville, TX|
|COLLEGE OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONS||240 Northwest MallHouston, TX|
|COLLEGE OF THE MAINLAND||1200 Amburn RoadTexas City, TX|
|COLLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT||3452 Spur 399McKinney, TX|
|CONCORDE CAREER COLLEGE||305 W. Interstate 20Grand Prairie, TX|
|FORTIS INSTITUTE||401 E Palace Pkwy Ste 100Grand Prairie, TX|
|FORTIS INSTITUTE||450 N Sam Houston Pkwy E Ste 200Houston, TX|
|HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE||3100 Main StreetHouston, TX|
|INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COLLEGE||1155 N Zaragosa Rd Suite 100El Paso, TX|
|INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COLLEGE||5700 CromoEl Paso, TX|
|KAPLAN COLLEGE||6115 Eastex FreewayBeaumont, TX|
|KAPLAN COLLEGE||6410 McPherson RoadLaredo, TX|
|KAPLAN COLLEGE||6441 NW Loop 410San Antonio, TX|
|LEE COLLEGE||511 S WhitingBaytown, TX|
|M T TRAINING CENTER||1801 S. Great Southwest ParkwayGrand Prairie, TX|
|MCLENNAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE||1400 College DrWaco, TX|
|MIDLAND COLLEGE||3600 N GarfieldMidland, TX|
|MILAN INSTITUTE-AMARILLO||7001 I-40 WestAmarillo, TX|
|MOUNTAIN VIEW COLLEGE||4849 West Illinois Ave.Dallas, TX|
|NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY||13801 Burnet Road, Suite 300Austin, TX|
|NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY||6800 Westgate Blvd, Suite 101Austin, TX|
|NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY||1015 W. University Avenue, Suite 700Georgetown, TX|
|NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY||11757 Katy Freeway Suite 600Houston, TX|
|NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY||475 Highway 121Lewisville, TX|
|NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY||18600 LBJ FreewayMesquite, TX|
|NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY||300 North Coit Road Suite 225Richardson, TX|
|NORTHWEST VISTA COLLEGE||3535 N. Ellison DriveSan Antonio, TX|
|ODESSA COLLEGE||201 W University BlvdOdessa, TX|
|PANOLA COLLEGE||1109 W Panola StreetCarthage, TX|
|PARIS JUNIOR COLLEGE||2400 Clarksville StParis, TX|
|PCCENTER||1229 E Pleasant Run Ste 302DeSoto, TX|
|PROFESSIONAL CAREERS INSTITUTE||6666 Harwin Ste 160Houston, TX|
|QUEST COLLEGE||5430 Fredericksburg Rd Ste 310San Antonio, TX|
|REMINGTON COLLEGE||1800 Eastgate DrGarland, TX|
|REMINGTON COLLEGE||300 E. Loop 820Fort Worth, TX|
|REMINGTON COLLEGE||3110 Hayes Road Suite 380Houston, TX|
|REMINGTON COLLEGE||20985 Interstate 45 SouthWebster, TX|
|REMINGTON COLLEGE||11310 Greens Crossing Blvd, Ste 300Houston, TX|
|RGV CAREERS||1200 West Polk AvenuePharr, TX|
|SAN JACINTO COMMUNITY COLLEGE||8060 Spencer HwyPasadena, TX|
|SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE||3201 W PecanMcAllen, TX|
|SOUTHEAST TEXAS CAREER INSTITUTE||975 Hwy 327 ESilsbee, TX|
|SOUTHERN CAREERS INSTITUTE||2301 S Congress Ste 27Austin, TX|
|SOUTHERN CAREERS INSTITUTE||1424 W Price Rd Ste KBrownsville, TX|
|SOUTHERN CAREERS INSTITUTE||2422 Airline RoadCorpus Christi, TX|
|SOUTHERN CAREERS INSTITUTE||603 Ed Carey DrHarlingen, TX|
|SOUTHERN CAREERS INSTITUTE||1414 N. Jackson RdPharr, TX|
|SOUTHERN CAREERS INSTITUTE||6963 NW Loop 410San Antonio, TX|
|SOUTHERN CAREERS INSTITUTE||238 SW Military Drive, Suite 101San Antonio, TX|
|SOUTHWEST UNIVERSITY AT EL PASO||1414 GeronimoEl Paso, TX|
|ST PHILIP'S COLLEGE||1801 Martin Luther King DrSan Antonio, TX|
|TEXAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS||3208 Fm 528Friendswood, TX|
|TEXAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS||711 East Airtex DrHouston, TX|
|TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE||300 Homer K. Taylor DriveSweetwater, TX|
|THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONS||6630 East Highway 290, Suite 180Austin, TX 78723|
|THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONS||4248 North FreewayFort Worth, TX|
|THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONS||4738 N. W. Loop 410San Antonio, TX|
|THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONS||7322 Southwest Freeway, Suite 110Houston, TX 77074|
|TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE||1400 East Fifth StreetTyler, TX|
|VALLEY GRANDE INSTITUTE FOR ACADEMIC STUDIES||345 S. Texas Blvd.Weslaco, TX|
|VERNON COLLEGE||4400 College Dr.Vernon, TX|
|VIRGINIA COLLEGE||6301 E Highway 290Austin, TX|
|VIRGINIA COLLEGE||5005 50th StreetLubbock, TX|
|VISTA COLLEGE||6101 Montana AveEl Paso, TX|
There is a difference between studying at AAPC and at a college, and that is the ability to study at your own pace.
The classes a future medical biller will have, include:
- Medical codes
- Types of insurance plans
- Local and national coverage determinations
- Payer policies,
- Billing rules and regulations in the healthcare industry
- The life cycle of a medical bill claim
No matter the type of diploma future medical coders will earn, their coursework includes:
- The sets of codes they’ll work with
- The rules these follow
- The organization of the code
- Medical terms
Expected Salary and Other Information
In Texas, the average salary for a medical biller and coder is pretty low compared to the rest of the country, but accumulating more years of experience and having 2 certifications will reflect in a higher salary.
The cities where the salaries are higher include Houston, Dallas, Plano, and Austin.Annual Salary Range: Annual Salary by Location:
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Residents of Texas who received certification for medical coding and billing can seek employment at these facilities first:
- Austin Surgical Hospital
- Abilene Regional Medical Center
- Big Bend Regional Medical Center
These employers offer perks such as time off, at least one retirement plan, usually the 401(k), along with various health and life insurance plans.