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Medical Billing and Coding Jobs in Oregon

Three significant employers of medical billing and coding professionals in Oregon are:

Three Rivers Community Hospital

Three Rivers Hospital’s key services include cancer treatment, neonatal care, emergency medicine, hospice care, imaging, and physical therapy. Benefits at Three Rivers include medical and dental coverage, flex spending accounts, a matching 403b life insurance, long-term disability, earned time off, educational assistance, a vision plan, and more.

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital

The seven physicians at SLCH provide a variety of services such as cancer treatment, da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery, heart and vascular care, integrative medicine, neurosurgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, weight loss surgery, and women’s services. Benefits at SLCH include paid time off, health insurance, a personal choice account, retirement plan, life and disability insurance, education reimbursement and a college savings plan.

Mercy Medical Center

  • Address: 2700 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, Oregon 97471
  • Phone Number: 541-673-0611
  • Website: www.mercyrose.org

Opened in February 1909 with 25 beds, Mercy Medical now employs more than 1,000 nurses, physicians, specialists, and support staff. Its services include ambulatory therapy, a birthing center, imaging, emergency care, heart services, hospice, respiratory care, and more. Employee benefits include a retirement plan with employer match, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, medical, dental, vision, health and life insurance, and more.

Medical Billing and Coding Salary in Oregon

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately 3,340 medical billers and coders work in the state of Oregon. While the state does not have a particularly large population of medical billing and coding professionals compared to other states, it does have a relatively high concentration. According to the BLS, there are 1.87 billing and coding professionals per thousand jobs.

The BLS reports that the unemployment rate in Oregon has decreased slightly over the past year, from 4.9% in September 2016 to 4.2% in September 2017. Education and health services jobs, in particular, have increased by 3.4% during the same time period — a positive sign for those in the medical billing and coding profession. Find more details about employment and wages for medical billing and coding professionals by city below.

Beyond simply earning an accredited degree in the field, earning a medical billing and coding certification can help an individual gain entry to the field, or advance in the workplace. The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) offers several different types of certification; however, the most common is the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification. To earn the CPC credential, the AAPC recommends that applicants possess at least an associate degree, requires that they have two years of medical billing and coding experience, and that they pass an exam. Many degree programs in medical billing and coding will have curriculum designed to prepare them for the exam, while others may include the examination at the end of the program.

Top Cities in Oregon for Medical Billing and Coding Careers

Below is a list of the top cities for employing medical billing and coding professionals. The information is adapted from resources supplied by the BLS.

  1. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

    Approximately 2,470 medical billers and coders are employed in the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro area, which is more than half of all of the medical billers and coders working in the state’s metro areas. The wages in this area are the second highest in the state, with the average worker making $22.11 per hour and $45,980 per year.

  2. Eugene, OR

    Approximately 220 medical billers and coders work in Eugene, and the average wage for these workers is $20.02 hourly and $41,650 annually.

  3. Salem, OR

    There are around 210 medical billers and coders in Salem who make an average of $20.51 per hour and $42,650 per year.

  4. Medford, OR

    In Medford, about 150 medical billers and coders are employed. They make an hourly mean wage of $18.48 and an annual mean wage of $38,440.

  5. Bend-Redmond, OR

    In Bend, there are about 120 medical billers and coders who make $20.25 hourly and $42,120 annually, on average.

  6. Corvallis, OR

    Corvallis employs around 40 medical billers and coders who earn the highest average wages in the state’s metro areas. The average employee makes $24.73 per hour and $51,450 per year.