In October 2019, the U.S. unemployment rate in the healthcare industry was at a staggering 2.1% with job growth in the sector predicted to climb for the foreseeable future. The medical coding and billing profession alone is expected to grow 11% through 2028, much faster than the average rate of 5% for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An aging population, coupled with the nearly universal implementation of electronic health records (EHRs), is driving the demand.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were over 1.4 billion patient visits in 2016. If there were just six pieces of coded information per visit–an extremely low estimate, that would be over 8 billion individual pieces of information coded in 2016 alone. In a system loaded with data and medical claims, it is no wonder that more medical coders and billers are needed to facilitate the efficient transfer of immense amounts of information.
With the U.S. unemployment rate at historic lows and the need for medical coding and billing professionals on the rise, healthcare employers need to keep pace with world-class HR organizations and modernize their staffing processes. eSkill’s suite of sophisticated technology tools for hiring makes vetting top medical and billing professionals effective and efficient.
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A new report from the Hackett Group found that by adopting technologies, such as automation and smart data capture, HR departments can cut costs by 17% and decrease staff hours by 26%. And in fact, world-class HR organizations already utilizing these technologies operate at a 20% lower cost and with 31% fewer employees than typical HR organizations.
Although the thought of adopting advanced technologies may feel overwhelming, outsourcing an expert employment assessment company such as eSkill makes the process seamless and, ultimately, saves your organization time and money.
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Medical coding is a highly technical position that requires hiring managers to evaluate candidates’ skill sets thoroughly. Medical coders must translate the diagnosis and treatment a patient receives into alphanumeric codes and enter the correct sequences into patients’ EHRs. Medical coders must be able to read and understand medical terminology and convert it into medical code accurately and efficiently.
Similar to medical coding, medical billers have a complex job that includes many tasks, such as creating patient bills from medical codes, creating and processing medical claims, issuing Explanations of Benefits to patients, and following up with patients about unpaid balances. Medical billers must also understand the intricacies of Medicare, Medicaid, and HIPAA.
By utilizing eSkill’s medical billing test and medical coding test for employment, your hiring team will be able to obtain an objective evaluation of candidates’ potential for success without possessing expert knowledge of the complexities of the positions. eSkill’s assessments can be sent automatically to all applicants, and thanks to smart data capture, once completed, the results appear on your hiring team’s dashboard. Test scores can then be compared across candidates to make data-driven hiring decisions.
Use Accurate Predictors of Candidate Success
eSkill’s user-friendly platform makes accurately evaluating medical coding and billing professionals’ skill sets simple. Easily administer out-of-the-box, job-specific skills tests.
eSkill’s Medical Coding test for employment measures candidates’ knowledge of medical coding, covering several topics, including anatomy and physiology, general coding guidelines, medical terminology, and legal aspects.
eSkill’s Medical Biller test measures candidates’ ability to work with patient payments, communicate with patients and insurance companies, and navigate relevant computer software. The test covers several subject areas, including medical terminology and coding, customer service, accounting and bookkeeping principles, collections, legal and ethical concepts, and digital literacy.
Evaluate Industry and Job-Specific Knowledge
While eSkill offers out-of-the-box medical coding and billing job-specific skills tests, these tests are easily edited and combined with in-depth single subjects to create an assessment that matches the exact requirements of a particular position.
For example, you can easily choose additional medical billing terminology test questions to add to eSkill’s Medical Biller test. eSkill’s library of medical billing terminology test questions include Medicare descriptions and characteristics, classification of denied claims, managed care, and types of health insurance.
Additional modular subjects available to bolster medical coding and billing tests include customer service in healthcare, ICD – 10 medical terminology, HIPAA – health insurance coverage, and collections. And there are hundreds of sub-topics available, such as disability benefits eligibility, Medicare Part D out-of-pocket costs, classifying rejected claims, and E code prioritization.
eSkill’s expert staff will help your hiring team choose the skills tests that meet your organization’s hiring goals. With 24/7 customer support available to you and your test-takers, adding automated skills testing to the hiring process is simple.
You can rest assured that the skills tests you are administering are legally defensible. eSkill boasts a perfect 15-year record of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission compliance with skills tests that are both reliable and valid indicators of candidates’ potential performance.
Stay ahead of the evolving talent acquisition landscape and adopt eSkill’s innovative solution for streamlining the hiring process. Utilizing eSkill’s pre-employment medical coding and billing tests allows organizations to make better hiring decisions leading to increased employee retention and productivity without impacting the bottom line.
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