According to a recent study, more than half of Americans would like to work from home. And your nursing, medical technology or healthcare education can provide you with several work-from-home opportunities. If you are among those who want your commute to be from your bedroom to your desk (or kitchen table,) there are healthcare jobs that can be managed with a reliable Internet connection and phone line. Here are four to consider:
Call Center and Telehealth Nursing
Most nursing jobs are located within a hospital, physician's office, or other healthcare facility, but positions that allow you to work from home are becoming readily available in the area of telehealth. What is Telehealth? Simply, it’s the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Call centers often hire nurses to answer questions, provide instructions before an appointment or procedure, and follow up with patients after a procedure. Facilities that hire nurses who work remotely seek Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses.
Medical Billing and Coding
Physicians’ offices need professionals to assign the proper codes for statements and billing. A medical coder may clarify procedures with a doctor and they will also communicate with insurance companies to determine which procedures are, or are not, covered. They will also often perform basic computer operations, such as utilizing medical billing software. Securing a job in medical billing and coding requires office management skills as well as a knowledge of medical terminology. You may also choose to pursue additional training in medical billing and coding.
Medical Insurance Processing
Insurance companies hire medical professionals to process statements and paperwork from doctors' offices, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. As a medical insurance processor, you will use medical management software systems to classify data from medical records. Training includes matching the
appropriate codes with medical terminology, diagnoses, and healthcare procedures. Processors also work closely with third-party payers and follow standard billing practices.
Another great work-from-home opportunity is medical transcription. As a transcriptionist, you will transcribe doctors’ audio recordings and medical records into digital files. Medical transcriptionists must have specialized knowledge that a regular transcriptionist does not have. For example, they must understand medical terms and jargon that healthcare professionals might use. At Fortis, the Medical Office Administration program includes transcription skills and training. This type of work can be done from home or on a freelance basis.
If any of these jobs sound exciting to you, Fortis can help you get started on your new career path. Visit our website for more information and to a training program near you. Or, call to speak with a representative today.