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5 Reasons to Become a Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS)

Updated: Apr 25, 2023

Billing & Coding Specialists review and manage a patient’s electronic medical records and assign codes to a patient’s diagnosis as well as procedures the patient has had. A large part of a billing and coding specialists’ role is to make sure that third-party payers are billed correctly so that healthcare providers can get reimbursed.


Let’s talk about five reasons to start a career as a billing and coding specialist:


1. The training period is short and fully online


If you want to become a Certified Billing & Coding Specialist, you do not need to receive a degree or take classes for several months. KLR Certified Billing & Coding Specialist School offers a fully online, 8-week course where students attend instructor led classes via zoom from the comfort of their own home. During week 8, students sit for the national exam in order to earn their credentials.

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2. There is a growing need for this profession in the healthcare industry


As the United States population continues to age, healthcare jobs are quickly increasing. A career as a Certified Billing & Coding specialist allows you to work in the healthcare field without working directly with patients, going to school for an extended amount of time, or working with blood or needles. As a CBCS, you will directly impact your employer’s revenue cycle, ensuring that payments are being made in a correct and timely manner.


Job growth

3. The United States currently has a shortage for this profession – and it’s growing


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for medical secretaries, under which medical billers and coders fall, are projected to grow 22% through 2026 – this is above average rate than many other occupations. If you are someone who enjoys the healthcare industry, working in an office setting, and you want a career that is ever-changing and growing, this might be the route for you!


High income potential

4. You have potential to work from home


Of course, when you first begin, you will need to gain experience in an office setting, but once you have this under your belt, you’ll be able to begin applying to jobs that allow you to work from the comfort of your own home if that is something that appeals to you.


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5. There are several ways to advance in your career as a Billing & Coding Specialist


Gaining your CBCS credentials is just the beginning. This will allow you to get your foot in the door, but you don’t need to stop there! There are several different credentials that you can earn afterwards that will allow you to advance in your career, skills, and knowledge. You can view The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) website at https://www.ahima.org/certification-careers/certification-exams/cca/ for more detailed information on the following certifications.


Certified Coding Associate (CCA) – demonstrates coding competency across all settings including hospitals and physician practices


Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) – demonstrates a practitioner’s tested skills in data quality and accuracy as well as mastery of coding proficiency


Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) – demonstrates mastery-level proficiency in coding of health services delivery beyond the hospital setting.


Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) – Often specialize in coding diagnosis and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research.


Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) – demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of medical, administrative, ethical, and legal requirements and standards related to healthcare delivery and privacy of protected patient information


Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP) – demonstrates expertise in clinical documentation within patient health records


Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) – demonstrates knowledge to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret, and transform data into accurate, consistent, and timely information


Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) – demonstrates advanced knowledge of the privacy and security dimensions of HIM to include best management practices


Kickstart your career today by registering to earn your CBCS credentials! Visit our website at www.klrcertifiedbilling.com for more information or to register for our next session!


KLR certified billing & coding specialist


59 Comments


Binta Watson
Binta Watson
Oct 12, 2023

What are two ways you can advance you career as a CBCS?

I'm able to work from home and further my career in the healthcare medical field.

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Shantell Laster
Shantell Laster
Oct 11, 2023

one reason that stands out to me is being able to be in that field working , and communicating with co-workers being able to use my ability to be friendly , and being able to make people happy!

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Kayonna
Kayonna
Oct 05, 2023

One reason that stands out to me is being able to work from home.

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  • What is one reason to become a Billing & Coding Specialist that stands out to you? a reason this position stands out to me is because if you love being in healthcare, you can work in the industry without having physical contact with patients and still have a chance to advance your knowledge and make more income and because it is remote.

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Jonnika Lewis
Jonnika Lewis
Oct 04, 2023

One reason why billing and coding stand out for is that I don't have to have a degree in this field and it'll allow me to grow and continue on my journey doing it. One way I can advance in this career as a cbcs is by getting my cbcs credentials

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