In the previous post, we explored several jobs that fall under the category of medical records and health information management. Of course, medical biller is the number one job most graduates of medical billing schools pursue, but it isn’t the only one. In this post, we’ll look at some positions that are more distantly related to medical billing, but students who wish to enter these careers can greatly benefit from the knowledge and skills they learn in medical billing programs.
Medical assistants perform both administrative and clinical tasks in doctors’ offices and other health care facilities. They take patient histories, measure vital signs, assist with examinations, and prepare samples for laboratory tests. The office management and administrative skills that are part of the curriculum in medical billing schools are directly transferable to a position as a medical assistant.
Medical secretaries perform secretarial and administrative activities including managing medical records. In small offices, they may also be responsible for billing patients and filling out insurance forms. Because they work in health care environments, medical secretaries need knowledge of medical systems and processes, so the medical terminology, insurance claim processes, and medical coding knowledge learned in medical billing programs are highly applicable to these jobs as well.
Health Information Managers
Students who pursue bachelor’s degrees in health information management as part of their medical billing programs can become health information managers or other types of medical and health services managers. Health information managers maintain patient records by making sure that databases are accurate and secure. They are responsible for protecting patient confidentiality and staying updated on health information regulations and systems.
Health information manager is the only job on the list that requires a bachelor’s degree, but it is a great way for medical billers to advance their careers. Even if you do not opt to pursue a degree the first time around, you may be able to transfer some of the credits you earn in your medical billing program directly into a bachelor’s degree program. As long as the school you attend has proper accreditation, your credits should be transferable.
As you can see, going to medical billing school can actually open up quite a few job opportunities, including a few that you might not have suspected. As the health care field expands, trained medical billers and related professionals are becoming more in demand. And with the new software and other technologies that are available, these jobs are becoming more complex and more specialized. Earning a diploma or a certificate from a reputable medical billing school is one of the best ways you can prepare to take advantage of the many positions that will open up in the next several years.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook.