Healthcare Professional Services

When you think of a career in the healthcare field, you might think of a nurse or a physician, a job that requires a medical or science-related degree. But healthcare functions like a business with a lot of similar areas like accounting and administrative roles. A position in healthcare professional services is great for those who have a passion for health and helping people but want to be more behind the scenes ensuring the organization’s operations are running smoothly.  Jobs require minimal education such as a high-school diploma or GED, to bachelor’s or master’s level for more managerial and financial roles. Learn more about the variety of positions in healthcare professional services and the average salaries.

In-Demand Healthcare Professional Services Positions

  • Accounts Receivable Specialist
    Accounts receivable specialists manage the day-to-day billing for the healthcare organization where they are employed. Some of their daily duties involve reviewing claims, communicating with insurance companies and patients, and ensuring payments are collected on time.  
     
  • Accounts Payable Specialist
    An accounts payable specialist handles paying the invoices for the organization. They analyze and prioritize bills and communicate with suppliers. If there is a discrepancy, they are the ones to get to the bottom of it.
     
  • Medical Biller/Billing Specialist
    A medical biller, also known as a medical billing specialist, summits medical claims to insurance companies, Medicare, and Medicaid. If there is an error with a claim, they fix it and re-submit it. A medical biller job is perfect for those who are detailed oriented and like to solve problems.
     
  • Controller
    Controllers are in charge of reporting the organization’s finances both internally and externally. Controllers manage the financial books to control the organization’s expenses and funds.
     
  • Insurance and Billing Clerk
    Insurance and billing clerks are in charge of setting up payments for patients and collecting payments. They collect the patient's insurance information for invoicing and communicate with insurance companies. 
     
  • Credentialing Coordinator/Specialist
    A credentialing coordinator, also known as a credentialing specialist, verifies that health professionals' certifications and licenses are up to date. They also ensure that the organization’s services meet government regulations and maintain important records.   
     
  • Medical Coder
    A medical coder communicates with insurance companies and healthcare providers to apply the correct codes for billing in the computer software. They need to know basic medical terms to be able to do their job well.
     
  • Medical Receptionist
    A medical receptionist is the first face you see when you enter a physician's office or a healthcare facility. They perform administrative and clerical tasks such as scheduling, phone calls, answering phones, greeting patients, and collecting patient information to make sure everything is up to date.
     
  • Surgery Scheduler
    Surgery schedulers assist healthcare staff in scheduling surgeries and other important appointments for the patient. They also do some clerical tasks, having similar duties as a medical receptionist.
     
  • Registered Health Information Technician
    A registered health information technician makes sure the patient’s records are accurate and current. They are in charge of processing records and sending charts and information to healthcare staff when needed.
     
  • Registered Health Information Administrator
    Registered health information administrators collect patient information for providers. They have more of a managerial role than registered health information technicians. They also have more advanced knowledge of medical and legal requirements.

Average Salaries for Healthcare Professional Services Jobs

Average salaries for healthcare professional services can range anywhere from $35,000 to $97,000 a year depending on the level of education required for the position. Here is a list of the median salaries and hourly rates for jobs in healthcare professional services:

Education Requirements

  • Accounts Receivable Specialist
    Accounts receivable specialists need a high-school diploma. Employers may look for candidates that have taken additional college education courses.
     
  • Accounts Payable Specialist
    To be an accounts payable specialist all you need is a high-school diploma but an associate degree may help you land the job.
     
  • Medical Biller/Billing Specialist
    A job as a medical biller or billing specialist requires a high-school diploma and an associate degree or graduation from a specialized program. Programs can take anywhere from a year to two years to complete.
     
  • Controller
    A bachelor’s degree in business, finance, or accounting is needed to be a controller. A controller needs a solid financial background. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure may also be needed for the position which requires passing the CPA exam.
     
  • Insurance and Billing Clerk
    To be an insurance and billing clerk a high-school diploma is all that is required, but most employers prefer an associate or bachelor’s degree in health information technology.
     
  • Credentialing Coordinator/Specialist
    Credentialing specialist positions require a high-school diploma with on-the-job training, and associate degree, or a bachelor’s degree in healthcare or business administration. Credentialing specialists may also apply to become certified through the National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS). If you are organized and able to meet deadlines you would make a good credentialing specialist.
     
  • Medical Coder 
    A job as a medical coder requires a high-school diploma and an associate degree or graduation from a specialized program. Programs can take anywhere from a year to two years to complete. Medical coders require an attention to detail.
     
  • Medical Receptionist 
    You can be a medical receptionist with a high-school diploma or associate degree. A receptionist must be organized, friendly, and able to multi-task. Computer skills and professionalism are also needed in this role.
     
  • Surgery Scheduler 
    A high-school diploma or GED equivalent is sufficient for a job as a surgery scheduler. Prior experience with administrative and clerical tasks is often desired by employers. Customer service and some technology skills will also help you get a job as a surgery scheduler.
     
  • Registered Health Information Technician  
    Registered health information technicians need at least an associate degree in health information management. They must also be accredited by the American Health Information Management Association through a program and passing an exam.
     
  • Registered Health Information Administrator 
    Registered health information administrators need a bachelor’s or master’s degree in health information management. They also require accreditation and certification through the American Health Information Management to become registered.
     

Common Healthcare Professional Practice Settings

Roles in healthcare professional services are typically found in physician offices, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, agencies, insurance companies, or other healthcare facilities. Because they are more administrative in nature, they work in the office setting of many healthcare facilities. These positions tend to have more regular hours than other medical jobs like 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
 

Where can I find healthcare professional services jobs? 
ProLink Staffing can assist you to find a job in healthcare professional services. We source a variety of positions in the healthcare field. Here is a list of other sources to find jobs in your area.