Associate Degree in Health Information Management & Coding
Pursue your passion for health care.
A passion for health care doesn’t mean you have to spend years in medical school. With your degree in health information management and coding, a rewarding career awaits. Employment in this exciting field is tracking to increase by 20 percent through 2018, much faster than the average for other occupations.1 Technology is the future of health care – those individuals with a strong understanding and aptitude for new technology will be sought after. This is where a degree from Bryan goes to work for you.
Careers in health care are predicted to surge over the next five years. Within that timeframe, the Federal government plans to spend $20 billion dollars of stimulus funds on electronic health records technology. According to experts, this is expected to ignite significant job growth in the health information management industry.1 Concurrently, in a recent survey of health care providers, almost 75% who manage or employ health information management professionals indicated there are not enough qualified applicants to fill open positions in their organizations.2 The time is now to begin working toward your health care career.
With a degree in health information management or coding you’ve secured an opportunity to work with a variety of health care professionals or facilities. Some of the dynamic settings include:
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Surgery centers
- Home health agencies
- Physicians' practices
Looking for a career with flexibility and freedom? A career as a certified medical billing and coding professional often provides opportunities to work remotely.
A solid salary with great earning potential is just one reason health care information and coding is such an appealing career. Those beginning their career earn approximately $30,000, but with experience, can earn upwards of $51,000.3 Once you’ve secured your degree in HIMC, next comes choosing from the range of career paths.
- Health Information Technician: Perform computer and manual technical and organizational activities with medical records such as: collecting, analyzing, integrating, protecting, securing and managing health care information.
- Healthcare Data Analyst: Work with patients and insurance companies to collect relevant medical information. Input, analyze and monitor this data to identify certain trends or red flags. Tabulate and analyze medical data for administrative, regulatory, and legislative requirements.
- Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist: Assign codes to patient records for different diagnoses and medical procedures. Review billing and insurance claim files and recommend them for approval. Ensure patient privacy, confidentiality, and security of health records.
- Medical Records Technician: Work to organize, monitor, update and maintain healthcare providers' medical records. Assist in setting policies and procedures for medical records processing and make recommendations for upgrades and changes based on available new technologies or legal/insurer requirements. Participate in the design and transition from paper systems to electronic health record (EHR) systems.
- Compliance Auditor/Officer: Monitor hospitals and research facilities to ensure they are following relevant health information laws and best practices.
At Bryan College, we give you a clear pathway to these compelling health information management and coding positions, so that you’re ready to make your next career move as soon as you graduate.
Learn how we put you on the path.
2 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
3 ACINET. (2011). Occupation Profile; Selected Criteria; Medical Records and Health Information Technicians;. Retrieved August 24, 2011, from Career One Stop: Pathways to Career Success
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