This week, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is hosting its ICD-10-CM/PCS and Computer-Assisted Coding (CAC) summit in Baltimore.
That might not strike you as the top news story of the day, but the fact is that computer-assisted coding (CAC) could have a much bigger impact on your life than today’s baseball scores or tonight’s weather report.
Why? Because medical billing and coding has become one of the most critical skills in America today. Medical billers and coders are specialists who submit medical diagnostic codes to insurance companies. Without enough of these trained professionals, our entire healthcare industry would be crippled. The AHIMA conference in Atlanta is all about the latest computer technologies that help medical billers and coders submit their reports more quickly, accurately, and efficiently. That’s why the conference really is big news.
Why is the demand for medical billers and coders rising so dramatically? One reason is that the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that was passed by Congress will increase the demand for trained professionals. Now that all Americans will be required to have medical insurance coverage, the demand for medical billers and coders will increase steadily.
But there are other reasons too. Only a few decades ago, most Americans relied on just one physician to provide their medical care. Today, the variety of medical practitioners has increased dramatically. Here are some of the healthcare providers that require the services of medical billers and coders today . . .
- Chiropractors, massage therapists and other specialized care providers
- Correctional facilities
- Dialysis centers
- Immediate care centers
- Independent physicians
- Insurance companies
- Medical practice groups
- MRI and other testing centers
- Short-term-stay surgical centers
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers
That explains why the demand for medical records and health information technicians is projected to grow 29% by 2018, according to the U.S. Government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS also reports that 172,500 people worked in the profession in 2008 and their number will grow to 207,600 by 2018.
What if you are interested in learning to become a medical biller and coder? You can learn more by taking some StraighterLine courses like these . . .
- Anatomy & Physiology I with or without a lab
- Anatomy & Physiology II with or without a lab
- Introduction to Nutrition
- Introductory Biology for Nonmajors with or without a lab
- Medical Terminology
- Pharmacology I
- Pharmacology II
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