Medical Coding and Health Care Reform

Learn how changes in the United States health care system will affect medical coding jobs.

medical coding and health care reform

In 2009, the Obama administration pledged $19 billion in American stimulus funds to health care information technology.

And in 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which may help an additional 32 million Americans become insured in the coming years.

To serve these newly insured Americans, health care providers will need to use the most efficient medical billing system. As a health care professional, you'll have an edge in joining this reform.

Maintaining accurate patient records is a crucial aspect of patient care. And as insurance coverage expands under health care reform, the unique skills that a medical coding and billing specialist brings to the table will be vitally important to health care providers.

 

With legislation on the horizon that will potentially provide for a public insurance option and create reforms that impact the private insurance industry, health care information specialists could see a significant impact on their industry. This could include changes that affect industry code standards and work volume, which can help you expand your business.

If a medical coding and billing career is in your future, now is the perfect time to pursue that goal. Education can help you prepare for success in the evolving world of health care.

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