How much does a medical biller make? Medical billers earn an average salary for their services. Billing and posting clerks and machine operators, often called billing clerks, create and process financial records, calculating financial charges, creating bills, and preparing the bills to be mailed to medical customers. Medical billers may use computers and specialized billing software when creating and processing medical bill, which help medical billers to calculate charges and prepare bills in one step. Medical billing clerks verify the entry of billing information, checking for errors before the computer prints the final bill. Medical billers review the final bill for accuracy before sending it to the patient. Medical billers may be asked to handle follow-up questions from customers regarding their bills, as well as resolving discrepancies or errors found on patient bills. Medical billing is one of the few health-related occupations with no direct hands-on patient care.
Medical billers must be organized, accurate, and detail oriented. Medical billers must be good at working with numbers in order to avoid making errors and to recognize errors in billing. Medical billers should be trustworthy and discreet because of their frequent contact with confidential material. Medical billers must understand and follow regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), enacted to maintain patient confidentiality of medical records.
According to careerplanner.com, 35 percent of billing and posting clerks and machine operators are employed in the health care industry. Billing clerks are employed in an office environment, although a growing number of medical billers work from home.
Billing clerks typically receive on-the-job training from their supervisor or another senior worker. Some formal training may be needed, such as training in the specific medical billing computer software used by the company. Community and career colleges often offer certificate programs in medical billing, with courses covering basic anatomy, biology, and physiology in addition to computer billing software coding and training.
Medical billers may require only a high school diploma; however, most employers would prefer to hire workers who have completed some college courses or a degree. Medical biller jobs will have a lower than average employment growth expected since an increase in automation of billing services will reduce the need for billing clerks. Medical billers employment is expected to grow more slowly through 2016, slower than the average for all occupations, however job prospects will remain good as workers leave the industry, creating job openings.
How much does a medical biller make per hour?
A May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows the median hourly wages for billing and posting clerks and machine operators was $15.82.
Industry And Hourly Wages
Offices of Physicians $15.84
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $15.79
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $14.84
How much does a medical biller make per year?
The median yearly salary for billing and posting clerks and machine operators according to a May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report was $32,900.
Industry And Annual Wages
Offices of Physicians $32,940
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $32,840
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $30,870