The economy in Arizona has struggled over the past 5 years as the economic slowdown has halted growth and cost the state jobs in nearly every industry. However, health care is not one of these industries. As the population continues to age, Arizonans are finding themselves more likely to see a doctor in an effort to stay healthy. Meanwhile, the loss of jobs and subsequent health insurance benefits have put more and more people in the difficult area of using government entitlement programs to pay for their healthcare. This means that Medical Billers and Coders are relied upon more and more to ensure that patient billing is completed and that physicians and their offices are receiving payment for their services.
Growing Demand For Medical Billers & Coders
The greater Phoenix / Scottsdale area is a great place to be if you’re looking for a career in health care administration positions including Medical Billing and Coding. With no less than eight thousand licensed physicians in the area, there are a significant number of hospitals, clinics and outpatient facilities in need of trained professionals. This number is also expected to grow, according to Indeed.com, an industry information website. The area was also listed as a prime location for Medical Billers and Coders by Yahoo! Education (yahoo.com/education).
Arizona’s older than average population also ensures that its health care facilities will be utilized more than other surrounding ‘younger’ states. The growth in the aging population, along with the expansion of entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid for seniors and low-income individuals and families ensures that the demand for Medical Billers and Coders will continue to grow.
A list of likely work settings throughout Arizona is below:
- Physicians Offices
- Nursing Homes
- Mental Health Facilities
- Alternative Health Care Facilities
- Physical Therapy Clinics
Online and Campus Based Programs
Another benefit of studying Medical Billing and Coding in Arizona is the number of programs available to students in the state. Both campus and online programs are available in many of Arizona’s cities and counties. The benefit of studying in the same area that you plan to work is the ability of the school to provide on-site job placement assistance. Internships and work-study programs are available for many students who wish to get a head start on their career paths while they are still studying. Inquire with any number of schools in your area to find out more about these opportunities.
Continuing Education In Arizona
Another aspect of your training will be that of continuing education. Many programs offer continuing education courses online and at a campus location. Most schools will encourage graduates to keep up with new data through continuing education courses in their area, ensuring that as professionals, they are up to date on any new information that will be valuable to their career and the operations they are charged with performing in their respective health care facility on a daily basis. Lastly, AAPC CPC exams for Medical Billers and Coders are available in a number of cities throughout the state, including Mesa, Flagstaff and Phoenix/Scottsdale.
Find Medical Billing and Coding programs in the following cities: Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tucson, Northern Arizona, Southeast Arizona, Flagstaff, Yuma, Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Prescott.