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Medical Billers and Coders transform verbal descriptions of disease, injuries, examination results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods, and all other healthcare provider services and procedures into standardized numeric or alphanumeric designations which then could be turned into a bill for the payment or insurance reimbursement. You would also be prepared for processing claims for commercial insurance companies, government medical claims such as Medicare, medical and workers compensation, Tricare and disability insurance claims as well as Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Medical Billers and Coders duties may vary with the size of the facility they work for.
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WHAT DOES A MEDICAL BILLER AND CODER DO?
Medical Billing and Coding is a vital part of the health care industry and one of the greatest careers among the medical field. Medical Billers and Coders play an important role among health care providers, patients and insurance companies, to ensure that health care providers get paid for the services they perform.
What is the difference between a Medical Biller and Medical Coder?
Medical Coding is a translation of medical procedures. Medical Coders learn how to translate a doctor’s diagnosis, medical procedures, outpatient procedures or even prescriptions into a numeric or alphanumeric code. For every injury, diagnosis, and medical procedure, there is a corresponding code. Medical Billing is turning these information and timely submission of bills to insurance companies, to pay the providers for the services rendered.
Now is a very good time to look at a career in Medical Billing and Coding. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Medical Billing and Coding is one of the nation’s fastest-growing careers ( 13% from 2016-2026 ), and the median salary for coders and billers to start was $18.40 an hour in 2018.
Medical Billers and Coders perform a variety of duties which include but is not limited to:
- Submit claims to insurance companies for patient procedures and treatments
- Obtain insurance referrals and pre-authorizations for patient procedures
- Understand insurance guidelines, including those for HMO/PPO, Medicare, and Medicaid
- Review patient bills for accuracy and fill in any missing information
- Check payments for accuracy
- Talk with insurance companies about payment discrepancies
- Collect delinquent accounts
- Answer phone inquiries from patients and insurance companies
- Use medical billing software to bill insurances
- Know Fair Debt Collection Practices
- Translate diagnosis and medical information into codes
- Interact with physicians and assistants to ensure codes are accurate and ready to be converted into a medical
- Maintaining patient confidentiality and information security
Medical Billers and Coders can find employment at a variety of healthcare institutions, including:
- Physician’s offices
- Nursing care facilities
- Home health care services
- Urgent Cares
- Insurance Companies
PROGRAM QUICK FACTS (SUMMARY)
|Program Duration||36 Weeks|
|Externship Duration||8 Weeks|
|Program Tuition and Cost||$9,775|
|Required National Testing||None|
|Certification Awarded||Diploma in Medical Billing and Coding|
COURSES YOU WOULD TAKE FOR THIS PROGRAM
|AH100||Allied Health Intro||80 Hours|
|MB 101||Commercial Claims||80 Hours|
|MB 102||Government Claims||80 Hours|
|MB 103||Managed Care, Claims, Patient Accounts, Collections||80 Hours|
|MC 101||Diagnosis Coding||80 Hours|
|MC 102||Procedure Coding||80 Hours|
|MC 103||Coding From Source Documents||80 Hours|
|MBC 200||Externship||160 Hours|
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- Grant available for US citizens.
- “Work Source” help with tuition for unemployed.
- California Department of Rehabilitation.
- Workers Comp Vouchers
- I-Train, WIA, ETPL, and other similar organizations.
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