Medical Billing and Coding Salary in New Hampshire
- 1,000 Number of Medical Billing and Coding Employees in New Hampshire
- $34,930 Average Medical Billing and Coding Salary in New Hampshire
- $52,930 90th Percentile Salary
- $24,300 10th Percentile Salary
Salary Averages in New England Region
New Hampshire is slowly but surely seeing economic improvements. Its medical billing and coding industry seems to be headed in the right direction as well for three reasons. First, medical billers and coders are kept busy. New Hampshire is one of the many states that allows patients to make amendments to their medical records, which often adds to the coding and organizational responsibilities of medical billers and coders working in the state. Second, New Hampshire is expected to see an increase in employment. It is one of the few states currently pushing to form nonprofit organizations separate from the government that would manage their state health information exchange network. While this change would require a great deal of legislative steps before going into effect, the sheer volume of work required to bring these medical records up to date will mean a large influx of new jobs for medical billers and coders seeking employment in New Hampshire.
Third, future employment outlooks in general are positive. According to the BLS, U.S. employment for the medical billing and coding industry is expected to increase by 21% from 2010-2020. The BLS states that this will result from an increased demand the nation’s aging population will put on the healthcare industry. And given that the U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2010 that New Hampshire’s senior citizen population rate (13.5%) is slightly higher than the national average, New Hampshire is sure to see an increase in billing and coding employment in response to its population’s healthcare demands.
Most employers require their medical billing and coding employees to possess Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification. In addition, an associate degree can increase one’s job opportunities, although not always a requirement. The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) offers three entry-level and two advanced-level CPC certifications. In order to obtain certification, one must become a member of the AAPC, pass a 150-question multiple choice exam, and either prove that one has two years of medical billing and coding experience, or completed 80 hours of coding education and one year of professional experience. The AAPC recommends, but does not require, that exam-takers possess an associate degree. Training to take the exam can take place in a traditional classroom setting, through online education, or through an associate degree program. Some training programs even allow students to sit for the exam before they have completed the training program.