Specific Specialty Experience Enhances Career for Billers & Coders!

Even though a medical billing and coding salary level comprises of various factors – experience, geography, skill, employer, references and so on; however being an expert in one specific field is one of the means to demand the highest salary in the medical billing profession.

Industry standards: Advanced Specialty Certification Jobs are known to be the next step to help increase the salary of medical billers and coders who are already close to the top of their pay scale.

Why choose specialized coding? … Gaining specialized knowledge provides an upper hand and benefits:

  • Reduction in competition
  • Lesser areas to assess in ICD-10 transition compared to general coding
  • Increases your value as a medical biller due to specialized knowledge
  • Indispensable to the employer’s practice
  • Helps attain maximum medical billing and coding knowledge in that specialty
  • Helps you stand out -  with unique skills & abilities not easily available

The reason behind acquiring a high salary can be attributed to the difficulty faced in sourcing staff due to increased knowledge and specialization. Further not only a small percent of physicians but also very few medical billers choose to opt for specializations.

Considering a Specialty?

Determining the volume of work – Specializations which involve smaller co pays equal to a higher volume of business proving to be an advantage.

The Average salary of medical coders varies by type of credential and specialty, like:

Credential & Specialty Average Annual Earnings
Certified Emergency Department Coder (CEDC) credential $50,000
Certified Interventional Radiology Cardiovascular Coder (CIRCC) credential  $45,595
Physician & hospital Certified Professional Coding (CPC) credentials  $39,953 - $45,750

Source: AAPC

Take initiative and acquire knowledge on particular specialty before enrolling for certification-

  • Pick an area of interest preferably one which is in high demand
  • Independent research and learning - internet and public library
  • Attend online forums & seminars – speak to a high profile physician on a subject of interest

Pick a Specialty: The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) currently offers certifications in 20 specialties; some of which include: Anesthesia and Pain Management, Cardiology, Chiropractic, Evaluation and Management, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery and Rheumatology.

Getting the salary you deserve!

Various Medical biller and coders hesitate in attaining specializations in coding mainly due to limitations like - time restrictions and less funds available to enroll in expensive courses. However enrolling your time and money in a specialization may be viewed as an investment to many as it a sure way in achieving the maximum medical billing and coding salary.

MBC offers regular monthly and weekly updates to their expert coders on various specialties. Our billing and coding experts are regularly updated and trained in their varied specialties have been providing services to specialist as well as general physicians. Through our job board you can explore various career opportunities with a wide range of specialties to pick from depending on your area of expertise; besides acquiring expert advice in your particular area of interest from our billing expert panel, before choosing your specialty.

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