Medical records clerk s are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of patient records for purposes of diagnoses, medical billing and patient follow up. Within the field, there are specialties for medical records clerks. Billing and coding specialists are responsible for using the proper medical and billing codes to ensure proper billing. These types of medical technicians also have the ability to work from home. Because they typically process their information using electronic health records, the need to be in the office to do their job becomes less and less important.
The benefit of working in medical records is that more and more hospitals, clinics and insurance companies are switching over to electronic health records, putting trained professionals in the medical records field in high demand. The average starting salary for medical records clerk is about $32,000 per year. Most medical records clerks work in hospitals, but there is also a need for these professionals in doctor’s offices, insurance companies, even in law offices. Medical records clerks are necessary for every aspect of health care, including nursing homes, home based medical care and mental health facilities.
The training for a medical records clerk usually only takes a year or less. Besides that, the potential for job growth into a management position increases greatly if you also take the time to be certified as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). To increase your salary even more, having a bachelor’s degree on top of your RHIT certification makes your chances of landing a management job even better.
While earning your bachelor’s degree can increase your earning potential, it is not required to begin working as a health information technician. If financing your education is a concern, then sticking with a short certification training program that costs a couple thousand dollars may be wiser for you than investing in a four year degree and you can still move up the ladder.