Health Records Technician Career Field

medical biller and coderMedical records technicians specialize in entering and recording medical information for medical patients.  Medical records technicians can also be called medical billers and coders. They organize and manage the health information of medical patients and ensure that the information is correct, safe, and accessible when needed. They work with physicians and patients to ensure that information is recorded correctly. As medical records more and more become electronic or what is referred to as Electronic Health Records (EHR), medical records technicians have increasingly technical professions that require knowledge of computers and health information databases where medical records are entered and saved. Another very critical component of this job is working with insurance companies to ensure that medical procedures and treatments are billed correctly to health insurance companies and patients.

Educational Requirements & Licensing Requirements

Associate’s Degree Medical Transcription/Medical Billing & Information/ or Health Information Field (2 years)
Diploma or Certification in Medical Coding and Billing/Records(Several Weeks to 1 Year)

Employers like to hire medical records technicians with associate’s degree (2 years) in fields like medical coding and billing or medical information. There are also certification programs available through community colleges and trade schools in medical billing and coding. Employers also want to hire medical records technicians that have credentials. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has a credential to become a Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). This certification is only available to those who graduate from a 2-year associate degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and pass an AHIMA-administered written examination.  There are also other national accreditations available in medical billing and coding. It’s also important to remember that most employers and accrediting bodies require employees to upkeep their skills by going to continuing education training regularly to maintain their accreditation.

Educational Courses

Medical Terminology
Coding theory and practicum
Billing theory and practicum

Employment Statistics

Jobs Available In 2008:  172,500
Projected Employment Numbers in 2018: 207,600
Average Yearly Salary of Medical Records Technicians in 2008: $30,610

Great Colleges

Westwood College
HighTech Institute
Brown Mackie College
Everest College
National College

Related Careers

Medical and health services managers
Medical transcriptionists

Article Reference: bls.gov

 

 

 

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