Medical Billing Coding FAQ

1. What does a Medical Biller and Coder do on the job?

Medical Billers or Coders organize and manage health information and insurance data. Duties may include patient chart analysis, insurance reimbursement, medical coding using a government classification system, claims adjustment, payment entry, and more associated with the use of health information technology.

Currently, the government has updated the classification from ICD-9 to ICD-10 which becomes effective October 1, 2015.  ICD stands for International Classification of Disease and is the U.S. health system’s list of up to seven-character alphanumeric codes to describe diagnoses. Standardizing codes improves consistency among physicians in recording patient symptoms and diagnoses for the purposes of payer claims reimbursement and clinical research. There are different codes for hospitals versus physician offices.

2. Where does a Medical Biller and Coder work?

A Medical Biller or Coder works in a hospital, physician’s office, insurance company or company that manages electronic medical records (EMR) or healthcare billing and coding.

3. What is the Employment Outlook for a Medical Billing and Coder/Medical Records and/or Health Technician?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (, “Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.”

4. How long is the typical training to become a Medical Billing and Coder?

Typical training for a Medical Biller and Coder is 1 – 2 years, depending upon program depth. Beckfield College offers a Diploma program which typically is a 1 year program for full-time students. Beckfield College also offers an Associate Degree which typically takes 2 years for full time students and prepares graduates for coding needs in both physician offices and hospitals (advanced coding).

5. Are there any certifications or licensures needed to work in this field?

Certified Professional Coder (CPC) – Beckfield College’s Associate Degree program prepares students for this exam through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).  Beckfield College’s deep curriculum includes advanced coding, along with a thorough understanding of both hospital coding and physician/outpatient coding.  This exceeds the national standards set forth by the AAPC.

Billing and Coding Specialist Certification (NHA-CBCS) – Beckfield College’s Diploma program prepares students for this exam through the National Healthcare Association.

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