It is not about billing customers.
That is what professors in Bryant & Stratton’s Medical Reimbursement and Coding degree program say many new students think of when they think medical coding.
But crunching numbers is not how graduates in this field will spend their days.
Instead, reimbursement and coding specialists immerse themselves in understanding biology and medical terminology. They have to understand how the body works, what diagnosis is linked to that body part and then learn to correctly code those so that insurance companies can accurately pay each claim.
Students will pick one of two tracks to study: hospital (inpatient) or physician’s office (outpatient).
Once the claims are coded, the billing side of the operation then submits the claims. Depending on the size of the employer, there may be a separate department for each step in the process, meaning employees may only code or only bill. In a smaller physician’s office, a much smaller staff may be tasked with the entire process.
This field also offers a huge ability to work from home and potentially work for yourself, completing coding assignments for different physicians. However, that requires experience and becoming well-known in medical circles.
Basic facts for Medical Administrative Assistant and Medical Coding, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (for 2012, the last available data)
Median Pay: $34,160 per year ($16.42 per hour)
Number of jobs, nationwide: 186,300
Rate of job growth: 22 percent per year
What will you study: physiology, biology, HIPPA laws
Growth Opportunities: Some doctors will hire experienced employees without credentials, if you have any dreams of moving up in the industry, or working from home as a contractor, you have to become credentialed and work toward earning more certifications to add to your degree.
Professional Resources: To learn more about careers as a medical reimbursement and coding specialist, check out these professional associations related to the field. Each of these organizations can help you find information, connect with mentors and research job opportunities.
The Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists, http://www.pahcs.org/
American Health Information Management Association, http://library.ahima.org/xpedio/groups/public/documents/web_assets/bok_home.hcsp
Sometimes things around the office can get a little hectic, especially for our admissions team. Between helping students get into class, speaking with interested students who are ready to enroll and handling any other responsibilities each day, our admissions representatives have a lot on their plates.
That’s why Senior Admissions Representative, Elizabeth Evans can be found at the river by her house from spring to fall relaxing with a fishing pole in the water.
“I love to go fishing,” she said. “Well, I love to sit on the bank and pretend I know how to fish. There’s something relaxing about ending the day watching the sun set over the river.”
Elizabeth also shares something in common with each and every one of our online students, she took online classes with Bryant & Stratton College as well. She enrolled in a Paralegal Certificate program just over a year-and-a-half ago and lived the life of an online student as she worked towards completion.
Of the many lessons she learned, the one that stood out the most to her was the importance of knowing your day-to-day schedule each week. She noted that having a plan of attack for each day and week will ensure that you manage your time properly and get all of your work done in a timely manner.
“As an online student you’re faced with new tasks and responsibilities that you didn’t have previously,” she said. “But if you’re prepared from the get-go, you’ll know exactly when you will have time to get work done and will be set up for success.”
Elizabeth’s first-hand experience as an online student has paid off in each and every relationship she forms with students. She said that working closely with her students is her favorite part of her job and playing such a large role in a stranger’s life is extremely rewarding.
For over three years Elizabeth has been helping guide students towards their educational goals. Hopefully you’ll have a chance to build a relationship with her just like so many students before you.
One of the workplace capabilities listed on each supplemental syllabus is perseverance. Perseverance requires a level of patience and maturity. In the long-term, perseverance is what allows someone to complete a degree. However, in the short-term, it is what helps us work through the smaller obstacles that can ultimately derail a career path. Perseverance means going through the sometimes frustrating process of working through technical issues, continuing to grapple with tough course material, and completing projects when there is every possible distraction.
What will perseverance look like in the workplace? It will mean attempting to resolve issues with challenging co-workers, spending time researching a case or file, and being able to stay focused on long-term goals such as a promotion. Thinking about how your coursework will help you cultivate perseverance will be a great strength to showcase in an interview. Being able to specifically demonstrate focus on long-term goals will make you that much more appealing to future employers, and more confident in your own abilities. Read More…
If you are looking for a career that includes a wide range of duties, a medical administrative assistant degree is a great choice. The list of tasks each day will be widespread and may change according to the type of doctor you work for. Medical administrative assistants do patient intake, schedule appointments, basic office paperwork, organize files and may even expand into billing and coding.
Students at Bryant & Stratton attend a type of billing bootcamp at the end of their degree program to prepare for the medical and billing specialist exam. The best part is, the entire expense is covered by the university. If students pass, they will be certified as medical and billing specialists and will be able to earn more money on their first job with that certification and their associate’s degree. Read More…
Many students enter the continuing education arena with the belief that an associate degree program and a certificate program are the same thing. While associate degree programs may prepare a student to obtain certification in their chosen area or career field, it is not the same thing as a certificate program. In general, an associate degree is a very broad term, encompassing a varied educational platform. Certificate degrees are extremely focused in their objective(s) and are related to a specific job or career niche.
Besides this general difference, there are three main differences between the two: the requirements to begin the program, the length of time towards completion, and the number of transferable education units earned at the end of the program.
Bryant & Stratton College Online is proud to have produced nearly 400 graduates in 2015. One of the most unique aspects of our Online campus is that we have students in every corner of the United States. many of our students are making their way to Buffalo, NY to cross the stage as part of the Class of 2015.
Just over 20% of our Online graduates will be making their way to Buffalo while nearly 23% will travel to other Bryant & Stratton College graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks. Our graduates will cover 23,134 miles in total as they travel to Buffalo with some students traveling over 2,000 miles to cross the stage.
The infographic below details even more about where our Online graduates are coming from this year as they travel for the tassel (right click and select View Image to see the full size graphic). Read More…
In today’s job market, it’s not enough for recent graduates to simply have a strong academic record. Companies are looking to hire individuals who can grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of their workplace over time. Skills like critical thinking, problem solving and the ability to communicate effectively are now a crucial part of any job applicant’s resume.
The higher education community has taken note – colleges and universities are looking for ways to better prepare students for careers after they graduate. At Bryant & Stratton College, we’ve launched our EmployableYOU program to do just that. Read More…
Job hunters: to be competitive in this job market, you must pay special attention to showcasing your hard skills and soft skills in a balanced way. No longer is it sufficient to only demonstrate your hard skills.
To be clear, hard skills are job functions or tasks that can be measured, require specific knowledge and abilities, and can be taught. Examples are: accounting, software development and medical treatment. Hard skills will help you make the cut, but all things being equal in that area, employers will whittle down the remaining candidates by evaluating their soft skills.
Soft skills are more related to personality, how one interacts with others and how one performs his or her work.
In an April, 2014, survey by CareerBuilder, 2,138 hiring managers and human resource professionals identified the top ten soft skills they are looking for in job candidates. They are: Read More…
Most courses at Bryant & Stratton College contain a portfolio project. The portfolio project is critical because it allows you to apply the knowledge from the course to a project your will create. Also, in many cases the project is similar to something you will create when working in your field. Devoting time to the portfolio project will help you get the most out of each course.
The first step in succeeding in the portfolio project is viewing the directions for the project as soon as they are available. Be sure to check for them each week in the Activities folder. Sometimes they are available as early as week 1, as many projects will have some element of the portfolio project, such as a draft or outline, due before the final project.
If possible, print the directions so you can highlight or make notes. After reading, ask yourself: Do I understand each part of the assignment? Do I know what I need to do earn a high score in each category of the rubric? If any part of the project is unclear, email your instructor right away. The next step is to look at the “deliverables” for the project. This could be a topic selection activity, outline, or rough draft. These deliverables are a great opportunity for you to receive feedback from your peers and instructor. It’s also a way to ensure you are working towards the project over time and not putting it off until right before the final project is due. Read More…
At Bryant & Stratton College, we understand busy students want to fast-track their new career by pursuing the fastest online degree possible. There are several things students can do in order to accelerate their academic journey from point A to Point Z. With a little planning and careful attention to detail, receiving an online degree in their desired field of study may require less time than students think.
Here are tips on how to acquire the fastest online degree to enhance your career and amplify your earning potential. Read More…