Potential remote work opportunities appear all the time. If pop up ads and job forums are to be believed, remote jobs are ubiquitous in the current economy. Job seekers should take care, though, that they pursue legitimate careers. One fast-growing remote work area with high earning potential is medical billing and coding services.
Remote medical billers and coders take a physician’s medical record and translate patient encounters into diagnosis and procedure codes. These codes can then be sent to various payers for reimbursement. In order to complete their work, medical billers and coders will need secure access to the medical records. The information in medical records is necessary to code a patient encounter accurately so the provider can receive reimbursement.
As long as you take the time to do your research, medical billing and coding is one of the easiest careers to work remotely from. Job seekers should be cautious of too-good-to-be-true opportunities. These are often companies who are trying to sell candidates information on how to start their own business.
When you find legitimate remote work, you and the employer will determine whether you will work as an independent contractor or as an employee. Remote medical billing and coding as a career can be done as a part-time job, full-time job, or on a contract basis.
Remote billing and coding offers a lot of flexibility in work hours. In order to be successful working remotely, however, you must have a high-speed internet connection whenever and wherever you will be working. Although you can work remotely while in many different locations, note that medical billing and coding companies require a secure internet connection for HIPAA compliance. Many large companies use remote medical billing and coding. Each one has their own requirements for HIPAA privacy and security.