Medical Billing and Coding Schools in West Virginia

Medical Billing and Coding Jobs in West Virginia

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

Bluefield Regional Medical Center

Bluefield Regional employs more than 130 healthcare professionals who specialize in a variety of disciplines. Some of these specialties include 24-hour emergency care, cancer treatment, cardiology, maternity care, occupational medicine, orthopedics, and pediatrics. The perks of working at BRMC include dental, vision and life insurance, paid time off, supplemental coverage, and other benefits.

Cabell Huntington Hospital

Opened in 1956 with 236 beds, Cabell Huntington has evolved into a 303-bed facility and is among the largest hospitals in the state. Some of its services are back and spine treatment, breast health, cancer care, migraine treatment, and an ICU. The benefits of working at CHH include dental, vision and life insurance, disability coverage, paid time off, and educational assistance.

Davis Memorial Hospital

Davis Memorial opened in 1903. Its services include acute care, cancer treatment, cardiology, emergency care, physical therapy and rehab, pain management, and women’s health. Employee benefits at Davis Memorial include tuition reimbursement, medical, dental and vision insurance, disability coverage, and medical discounts.

Medical Billing and Coding Salary in West Virginia

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate in West Virginia was 5.3% as of November 2017. The largest growth of employment was seen in the areas of construction (7.6%) and mining and logging (4.5%).

The education and health services field also saw some growth, with employment rising 2.8% during that same time period. In West Virginia, medical billers and coders can expect to make less than the national average salary and hourly wage, though some cities fare better than others. Refer to the figures to follow from the BLS for more employment information.

Medical billers and coders looking to remain competitive in the field would benefit from professional certification. According to the BLS, most employers prefer to hire medical records and health information technicians who are certified. The AAPC, the largest medical coding training and certification organization for medical coders in the country, offers certification, which requires passage of an exam. An online program in medical billing and coding can prepare students for this very exam. They may also be able to take it at the end of the program, before they enter the field.

Top Cities in West Virginia 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. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

    The highest concentration of medical billers and coders in West Virginia can be found in the Huntington-Ashland metropolitan area. According to the BLS, there are 250 workers in the region who make on average $17.19 hourly and $35,750 annually.

  2. Morgantown, WV

    Morgantown is home to about 190 medical billers and coders, according to the BLS, who make a mean hourly wage of $19.93 and mean annual wage of $41,450.

  3. Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV

    The Steubenville-Weirton metropolitan area employs about 60 medical billers and coders, according to the BLS. The average employee makes $16.91 hourly and $31,220 annually. The tenth percentile wage is $18,460 annually and the ninetieth percentile wage is $49,180 annually.

  4. Cumberland, MD-WV

    There are about 60 medical billers and coders in Cumberland, who make an average of $13.46 hourly and $28,010 annually, according to the BLS. The tenth percentile wage is $18,370 annually, while the ninetieth percentile wage is $35,180 annually.

  5. Wheeling, WV-OH

    Wheeling has around 80 medical billers and coders, according to the BLS. An average worker can expect to make $17.31 per hour and $36,010 per year.

  6. Charleston, WV

    Charleston has the second-highest concentration of medical billers in the state with 200 workers, according to the BLS. The hourly mean wage is $15.98 and the annual mean wage is $33,240.

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