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Medical Billing and Coding Jobs That Can Satisfy Your Wanderlust

September 15, 2014 Medical Billing and Coding, General 0 Comments

If you envision medical billing and coding jobs as positions where you're stuck in the same cubicle every day, think again. Plenty of medical coders have positions that allow them to do extensive traveling. It takes some work and experience to find these positions since they are more prevalent for medical coders than billers, who can also transition to travel work. Use the following tips to know where to look and the steps to take so you can realize your dream of traveling while enjoying a satisfying career.

What Is the Difference Between Remote and Travel Medical Billing and Coding Jobs?

In this case, there are two different types of placements. Medical billing and coding jobs done outside an office are known as "remote" positions, whereas jobs on a contract basis are known as "travel" jobs. If you are looking for a remote position, check for jobs that don't require your home office to be located in the same area as your company. Because you aren't tied to working at that location, you can be creative. Do you want to travel to a tropical location or catch the last of the winter ski season? You can do so and still work from that home on contract.

Medical Billing and Coding Jobs That Can Satisfy Your WanderlustConsider the Logistics

However, it is important to consider access to the Internet and Skype or another video chat platform before you commence your around-the-world remote trip. Your employer will require you to have the basics and be able to access its database system and infrastructure. You should also factor in time differences so you'll know whether you may have to work odd hours.

Who Needs Travel Coders and Billers?

Contract placements can run anywhere from four weeks to six months long, according to Randstad Healthcare, a placement agency for medical service providers. These placements allow you to travel the country and live in different regions and cities.

Judy Wilson, board director of the mid-Atlantic chapter of the American Academy of Professional Coders, said that claims are expected to increase through 2022. This means there will be more opportunity for medical coders.

Healthcare facilities also use contract coders and billers to add support if they're backlogged or a regular employee goes on maternity leave, according to Ashley Parker, a recruiter at Excite Health Partners, which places contract and remote coders.

The best place to look for jobs like these are through staffing agencies that specialize in healthcare staffing. One such agency, On Assignment, works with medical coders to place them in contract, contract-to-hire or direct-hire jobs. You should make sure to search these agencies for contract work to find the best travel jobs.

How to Get a Travel Job

Most employers will ask for a certain level of experience and multiple certifications when hiring. The best way to find jobs like these is to:

  • Have one to three years of prior experience in coding.
  • Become certified with more than one coding certification. Parker said good certifications for placement include those for certified technology specialists, certified professional coders or emergency departments.
  • Be strategic and research placement opportunities that can increase during busier times of the year, such as flu season or allergy season, depending on the area of the country.
  • Look for large placement agencies with several locations, where your placement options will be broader than a regionally based company.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile so recruiters searching for your skills can contact you.

If this kind of career path and freedom to travel appeals to you, consider enrolling in a quality certification program to bring you one step closer to your dream.

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