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Medical Billing and Coding Jobs in South Dakota

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

Rapid City Regional Hospital

  • Address: 353 Fairmont Blvd., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Email Address: info@regionalhealth.com
  • Phone Number: 605-719-1000
  • Website: www.regionalhealth.com

Incorporated in 1973, Rapid City Regional began with 280 licensed beds and 80 physicians. It currently has a 329 inpatient bed capacity. The hospital’s services and specialties include bariatrics, weight management, cancer treatment, diabetes, heart and vascular, intensive care, and labor and delivery. Employee benefits at Rapid City Regional feature flex spending accounts, medical, dental and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, a 403b retirement package, a pension, and other benefits.

Black Hills Surgical Hospital

  • Address: 216 Anamaria Drive, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
  • Click here to access the hospital’s contact form.
  • Phone Number: 605-721-4700
  • Website: www.bhsc.com

The rate of employment has remained fairly steady in South Dakota when considering the most-recent stats available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Overall, the economy is healthy, with an unemployment rate of 4.3% as of May 2012, compared to 8.2% for the nation as a whole. From May 2011 to May 2012, employment has increased 0.5%.

BHSH employs nearly 300 professionals. Specialties include orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, general surgery, gynecology, podiatry, urology, dermatology, ophthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, single incision laparoscopy surgery, vein stripping, and weight loss surgery. The benefits at BHSH include gourmet meals, 403b and 401k plans, short- and long-term disability, health, vision and dental coverage, tuition assistance, paid time off, paid holidays, and other perks.

Brookings Health

  • Email Address: Click here for the hospital’s contact form.
  • Address: 300 22nd Avenue, Brookings SD, 57006
  • Phone Number: 605-696-9000
  • Website: brookingshealth.org

Brookings employs more than 275 professionals in a facility that houses 49 licensed hospital beds and 79 licensed nursing home beds. Their services include surgeries, imaging, women’s health, emergency care, sleep studies, and varicose vein laser therapy. Benefits at Brookings include shift differentials, health, dental and life insurance, short term disability, paid time off, a retirement plan, AFLAC, and discounted meals.

Medical Billing and Coding Salary in South Dakota

The medical billing and coding field in particular is expected to see considerable growth through 2020, according to the BLS, due to the aging U.S. population, which will demand more medical tests, treatments, and procedures and the professionals to help process them. South Dakota has already seen growth in the medical field, with employment in the education and health services fields increasing 2.5% during that May 2011 to May 2012 period. The state also fares slightly better than the national median salary for medical records and health information technicians, which was $32,350 as of May 2010. For an idea of how professionals are doing salary-wise in the state, refer to the figures to follow, courtesy of the BLS.

Medical billers and coders can improve their employment prospects through certification. According to the BLS, most employers of medical coders prefer to hire those who are credentialed. Medical billing certification is available through the AAPC, the nation’s largest medical coding training and certification association for medical coders and medical coding jobs, and requires passage of an exam. Online medical billing and coding programs often prepare students for this exam, and may even allow them to take it during the program.

Top Cities in South Dakota for Medical Billing and Coding Careers

Listed below, compiled with information from the BLS, are the top cities for medical billing and coding employment in South Dakota.

  1. Sioux Falls, SD

    Forty percent of medical billers and coders in South Dakota can be found in Sioux Falls. There are approximately 400 workers who make an average of $16.76 hourly and $34,850 annually, according to the BLS. The tenth percentile wage is $23,070 annually, and the ninetieth percentile wage is $53,910.

  2. Rapid City, SD

    There are 170 medical billers and coders who work in Rapid City, according to the BLS, making an average of $16.31 per hour and $33,930 per year. The annual tenth percentile wage is $21,720. The annual ninetieth percentile wage is $49,580.