What a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Does
What is Medical Billing and Coding?
Medical Billing and Coding is the process where healthcare services received by patients are submitted for payment/reimbursement from providers. These claims are often sent to insurance companies but they can also be sent to medicare, medicaid, or the patient directly in some cases.
What does a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist do?
A Medical Billing and Coding Specialist may perform a variety of duties, depending upon where they work and the scope of their role. Some of these duties may include:
- Posting charges for healthcare services
- Compile and submit claims for reimbursement
- Submit necessary information to insurance companies
- Track and process claims throughout the billing lifecycle
- Associates the correct ‘codes’ for the services provided
- Work to resolve claims that are denied
- Liaise with a variety of parties such as providers, patients, and insurance companies
- …and more!
Where does a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist work?
Medical Billing and Coding Specialists may work in a variety of settings. This is because every healthcare facility will need to code/bill for services, whether they choose to do it on-site or outsource the task. Some workplaces for Medical Billing and Coding Specialists may be physicians’ offices, outpatient clinics, hospitals, processing companies, and other healthcare facilities.
Will I be able to find a job?
It is important to note that no school can guarantee their students or graduates employment after they have finished their program. At Training Direct, we offer career services assistance to all program completers, however, job placement is not guaranteed.
Is Medical Billing and Coding Specialist hard work to do?
Those who work as a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist should be organized, detail-oriented, have good communication skills, and be good problem solvers. All of these qualities and characteristics are important to their success on the job due to the nature of work a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist performs. There is also necessary knowledge a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist should obtain, often through post-secondary training/education. If you are committed to learning the knowledge necessary and developing the skills needed, a career as a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist may be a good option for you to pursue.
How to Become a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
How to become a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist?
To become a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, one often seeks post-secondary training/education. In addition, after completing a training program, individuals are encouraged to pursue certification. This is because employers often prefer candidates that have attained certification. It’s also important to note that the field of Medical Billing and Coding places value behind experience. This means that some positions and/or employers may require that candidates have some prior experience working in the field.
Is Medical Billing and Coding a good career choice?
Medical Billing and Coding can be a good career choice for several reasons. First, for those who wish to pursue a career in the stable healthcare field, but don’t want to work with blood or needles, Medical Billing and Coding gives them an option to pursue. In addition, for those who are good with details, highly organized, and good problem solvers, Medical Billing and Coding can give those individuals an opportunity to showcase their strengths on a daily basis.
How long does it take to become a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist?
How long it may take to become a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist will vary based on a few factors. One of these factors is the length of time for your training program (or how long it may take you to complete your training program). If you are pursuing certification as well, the timeframe in which you are able to accomplish this may vary from individual to individual as well.
How long is Medical Billing and Coding training?
Medical Billing and Coding training programs vary in length. Some may be just a few weeks, whereas others may be upwards of a year to complete.
How to get Medical Billing and Coding certification?
In order to pursue Medical Billing and Coding certification, you will first want to complete an approved training program. You will also want to ensure you meet the necessary requirements in place in order to challenge the certification exam. Additional fees will likely apply to pursue certification, so a candidate will want to be aware of this as well.
Medical Billing and Coding training at Training Direct
What will be covered in the program?
The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program at Training Direct has been designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and practical experience needed to pursue an entry-level position in medical billing and coding. Topics covered in the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program include:
- Medical Terminology
- Medical Insurance Billing and Reimbursement
- Physician Coding and Compliance
- Hospital Billing
- Medical Coding in Physicians Practices
- Medical Law and Ethics
- …and more!
Is this program hands-on?
Yes, in addition to traditional classroom instruction, students will have opportunities for hands-on practice, such as the opportunity to learn various software/applications used in the field and completing exercises related to medical billing and coding.
Does this program offer an externship or internship?
An externship/internship is not included in the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program. Training Direct does offer career services assistance to all program completers, however, job placement is not guaranteed by Training Direct.
How long is this program?
The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program at Training Direct is designed to be completed in as little as 4-weeks, however, actual completion time may vary based on the class schedule selected.
Who are the instructors?
Our instructors at Training Direct are caring individuals who are also experts in the subjects they teach.
Why choose this Medical Billing and Coding program over others?
Training Direct has been successfully training future healthcare professionals in Connecticut for over 30 years. Since 1990, students have chosen Training Direct for a variety of reasons including our reputation, the hands-on training offered in our programs, and the flexibility we offer.
Which campuses at Training Direct offer classes?
The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program is offered at the following Training Direct campus locations:
How do I enroll?
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Does your program include a certification?
While actual certification is not included in the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program, graduates of this program may go on to challenge a certification exam. Additional fees for certification exams may apply and are the responsibility of the student. Certification exams may require candidates to meet additional criteria as well (such as having a high school diploma or GED), and it is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet these requirements as well.
Will you help me find a job after graduation?
It is important to note that no school can guarantee employment to their students/graduates once they finish their training program. Here at Training Direct, we offer career services assistance to all completers of the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program, however, job placement is not guaranteed.