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Medical Billing as a Career
Because health care providers are specialists in their field they
do not always have the time, interest or expertise to keep up to
date with the financial aspect of their work. As their income depends
of this, this is where a professional Medical Biller and Coder can
take the pressure off them and free them to do what they are trained
to do. This is specialist work too.
Using Medical Billing as the foundation it is possible to diversify
career skills. This is because a number of other clerical duties
can also be part of the work giving a wider range of work experiences
than is apparent at first. As a result, Medical Billing can be a
starting point for other careers such as accountancy which also
requires accuracy and attention to detail.
Having a stable job enables each individual to further their education
and qualifications in their own time without loss of income. From
this the person can start their own enterprise, work from home or
continue to work for someone else.
What Might a Medical Biller’s Day Involve?
Whether the work is done at home or for a company the day will
be occupied doing the same type of work. Someone who enjoys routine
work will find Medical Billing and Coding a satisfying employment.
There is a five digit procedure code from Current Procedural Database
Terminology which is used to cover each medical process of the interaction
between the patient and the Health Care Provider. These can change
so keeping up to date is important.
Patience and accuracy, as well as the ability to deal with detail
and to be comfortable with reading such detail carefully, are required
to negotiate this complex coding systems for each medical issue
and treatment. Inaccuracies mean the bill will be returned and the
work will have to be done again. This can happen frequently. This
can result in angry, and probably frightened, patients who will
need to be dealt with calmly and patiently.
When the insurance company receives the bill it will be assessed
for patient eligibility, provider credentials and medical necessity
especially if the bill is high. Patient records contain personal
details such as illness, examination details, medication lists,
diagnoses and suggested treatments. The patient is also identified
by name, address, phone numbers, social security number and the
specific insurance policy number. Thus patient confidentiality is
If, as happens, a claim is returned, the process has to be repeated
with each part of the work checked again but it can be resubmitted.
This is time consuming and might take a number of tries before it
is successfully paid. For this reason alone accuracy is important
in an attempt to reduce the time taken to receive payment from the
payee. The complexity of the Coding system requires detailed knowledge
and care. From time to time the Medical Biller and Coder’s
quality of work will be audited to ensure accuracy and competence.
By continuing their education and developing their skills and educational
level, it is possible for someone working in this field to advance
their responsibilities and, therefore. pay. Supervision and management
of others is one way. Specializing in medical coding or cancer registry
is another. If the Medical Biller and Coder works for a company
who will support this education it is an advantage. But it is also
in the interests of the employer to have qualified and competent
This is a growing field of work and for those who are able to work
alone and with detail this is an ideal job. Medical Billing offers
an interesting working life for those who enjoy precision and order
and the possibility of furthering their career.