Top 5 In-Demand Work-From-Home Healthcare Jobs
By Leona Werezak MN, BSN, RN
One of the best-kept secrets in the healthcare industry is the number of work-from-home jobs available in healthcare administration right now.
Many of these jobs offer competitive salaries with the flexibility of working from almost anywhere. Better yet, some don’t require a college degree -- although having one can open up higher-paying healthcare administration positions.
In this guide, we’ll cover:
- Who work-from-home jobs are a good fit for
- The top work-from-home jobs in healthcare administration
- How much they pay
- Education/experience/certifications required
- Where to look for these jobs
Is Working From Home Right for You?
While some people are more productive in person and prefer the social atmosphere of an office setting, others find it easier to work from home.
Working from home allows for a flexible schedule and an easy commute. Work-from-home positions are especially suited for people like:
- People with disabilities
- Semi-retired people
- People living in rural or remote areas
- Entrepreneurs or others wanting to boost their income
- People changing careers
Top 5 Work-From-Home Jobs in Healthcare Administration
1. Medical Credentialing Specialist
Medical groups, hospitals, healthcare organizations, and credentialing agencies all employ medical credentialists.
These specialists confirm that the ongoing educational and certification requirements required of healthcare professionals are up-to-date according to federal and state law. Also known as credentialing specialists, this role involves tracking paperwork and updating databases to ensure practice requirements remain current.
Becoming a medical credentialing specialist often requires an associate or bachelor’s degree in healthcare or other equivalent recognized education. However, sometimes a high school diploma and experience as a medical administrative assistant is sufficient.
Salaries range from $36,981 to $46,506 according to Salary.com, with an average annual salary of $41,174.
2. Medical Coder & Medical Biller
Medical billing and coding offers well-paying jobs that don’t require a lot of education.
Medical coders review patient files and translate the information into universal codes insurance companies use to process claims. Coded information includes patient diagnoses, treatments, supplies used, and unusual circumstances surrounding patient visits or treatments.
The role of a medical biller is to process and follow up on medical insurance claims. However, billers don’t determine what codes are assigned to patient information like coders.
Sometimes the same person performs both roles of medical coding and billing, but only if they have the education and training to do so.
Other titles for medical coders and billers include:
- Health Information Technician
- Health Claims Specialist
- Healthcare Information Specialist
The future for both positions is bright. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 11% jump in job growth over the next 10 years and salaries are expected to climb with demand.
Medical coding and billing positions usually require postsecondary education or an associate's degree. Many positions also require certification as a medical coder and/or biller.
According to the AAPC, both certified and non-certified medical coders earn an average salary of $54,890 -- a 5.8% increase over last year’s salary of $51,889.
3. Medical Review Specialist
A medical review specialist's role is to review medical records for patient histories and treatments administered. This information is then shared with insurance companies so they can process or resolve disputed claims.
Medical review specialists also audit electronic data for accuracy and completeness of medical records.
Other names for this role include:
- Medical Reviewer
- Medical Review Editor
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a growth rate of 8% for these jobs between 2019-2029, a “much faster than average” job growth.
Becoming a medical review specialist requires an associate's or bachelor’s degree in health informatics or health information. Certification isn’t necessarily required.
According to ZipRecruiter, the annual salary ranges from $22,500 to $94,000 with the average salary being $47,582.
4. Health Informatics Officer
The main job of a health informatics officer (or health informatics specialist) is to keep patient medical records and information secure and private.
These healthcare specialists oversee electronic health record (EHR) systems and software. They’re also responsible for finding more efficient and secure ways to handle increasingly large volumes of health records as more facilities and medical practices move from paper records to EHRs. Developing and updating policies for how these records may be accessed is also one of their responsibilities.
Becoming a health informatics officer first requires a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Bachelors in Healthcare Administration degree, followed by a Master’s in Healthcare Administration or health informatics.
According to Payscale, health informatics professionals earn between $45,000 and $111,000 with an average salary of $68,382.
5. Wellness Program Administrator
Also known as social and community service managers, wellness program administrators identify specific populations -- such as homeless people or children -- and ensure public and/or private organizations are meeting goals to help these groups of people.
The responsibilities of this role vary greatly and often include:
- Overseeing teams of employees
- Writing grant proposals
- Gathering community feedback
- Reviewing policy proposals
- Preparing needs assessments
Some examples of public health wellness program initiatives include:
- Veteran support and services
- Obesity prevention
- Addressing ongoing hunger
- Mental health and addictions support and services
- Diabetes prevention
A bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration is typically the minimum requirement for this position. However, a master’s of healthcare administration or public health is desirable.
Salary.com reports a salary range of $54,643 to $73,196 with the average salary being $60,427.
How to Find a Work-From-Home Job in Healthcare Administration
Contacting local healthcare facilities, insurance companies, and medical groups may turn up some surprising opportunities in your own community.
Online job search engines are another great place to look for healthcare administration jobs. These sites are particularly helpful since you can search for a specific job title rather than having to scour company sites for specific positions.
Because these sites bring up several job opportunities according to your specific search, it’s easy to search for remote work positions and then compare salary, educational requirements, job responsibilities, work hours, and benefits.
The following sites are an excellent place to start your job search.
Be sure to check out these “remote-friendly” companies currently hiring healthcare administration professionals as well. Those include:
With the ever-growing demand for these and other work from home jobs in healthcare administration, you’ll likely find a job that fits your career and salary goals.