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What Does a Medical Records or Health Information Technician Do?

Keeping track of medical procedures at a doctor’s office or hospital and relaying that information to insurance companies requires a lot of juggling, but it’s a job that medical records technicians do with ease. Sometimes referred to as health information managers, these workers handle patient data, insurance claims and other forms of physician reimbursement. They determine which medical procedures are covered by insurance. They also work with patients to create payment plans for procedures that aren't covered. They commonly work in hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices.

Some specialize in specific areas, including coding specialists, who ensure that patient data is coded properly, or cancer registrars, who work with cancer patients and pathology.

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4,700+
A medical records technician helps keep track of patient data
A good medical records technician knows how to bring order to the chaos of patient data. (Credit: Logoboom/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Review patient medical history
  • Check eligibility and benefits verification
  • Prepare and transmit claims using billing software, including electronic and paper claim processing
  • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases
  • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
  • Follow up on unpaid claims 
  • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for insurance reimbursement
  • Call insurance companies regarding any discrepancy in payments
  • Maintain confidentiality of patients’ records
  • Set up patient payment plans
EDUCATION + TRAINING

Most employers require a high school diploma and previous experience or some postsecondary education. Typically, that means an associate degree program in health information technology, which includes courses in medical terminology, anatomy, health data standards, coding systems, reimbursement methods, statistics and computer systems. Employers often require certification.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Have good customer service skills
  • Work well in a team environment
  • Have good problem-solving skills
  • Are patient and calm
  • Have the ability to multitask

Medical Records and Health Information Technician training in your area

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Medical Administrative Support Certificate

Everett Community College
Everett (0.0 Miles)

Medical Coding Diploma

Saint Paul College
St Paul (0.0 Miles)

Office Services Certificate

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
Baraga (0.0 Miles)

Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certificate

Midlands Technical College
West Columbia (0.0 Miles)

Health Information Technology Certificate

Shelton State Community College
Tuscaloosa (0.0 Miles)

Medical Billing Certificate

Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills (0.0 Miles)

Health Information Technology, A.A.S.

Carroll Community College
Westminster (0.0 Miles)

Medical Coding and Billing Certificate

Middlesex County College
Edison (0.0 Miles)

Medical Assisting - Administrative & Clinical Certificate of Achievement

Pasadena City College
Pasadena (0.0 Miles)

Medical Office Administration - Medical Billing and Coding - Degree

Isothermal Community College
Spindale (0.0 Miles)

Health Information Technology, A.A.S.

Pitt Community College
Winterville (0.0 Miles)

Medical Billing/Receptionist Skills Certificate

Schoolcraft College
Livonia (0.0 Miles)

Find Medical Records and Health Information Technician Jobs in Your Area

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Coding Analyst

Change Healthcare
Remote ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Coding Analyst

Change Healthcare
Remote ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Coding Analyst

Change Healthcare
Remote ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Outpatient Coder Anesthesia Group

Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Modesto ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Professional Coding Educator

St Luke's University Health Network
Allentown ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month ago

Pre-Reg Registrar

LifePoint Hospitals
Sylva ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Third Party Recovery Specialist I

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
Bethel ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Coder II

Southcoast Health System
New Bedford ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago