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What’s What: Medical billers and coders provide the critical link between health care providers, patients, and insurance companies. If you have some background working in medical offices or think you would enjoy it, medical billing and coding is a growing field with a lot of open jobs.
Amava Take: There are thousands and thousands of codes for medical procedures, outpatient procedures, and diagnoses. Without this crucial step done correctly, doctors don’t get paid and patients get erroneously billed. Your job would be to read patients’ charts to determine medical history, diagnoses, and treatments given. You’ll then use a set of established medical codes to transcribe that information for health care providers and insurance companies.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?
People with excellent oral and written communication skills along with great customer service mannerisms and fast keyboard skills.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Make sure you’re familiar with the specific procedures of each provider and insurance carrier.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
You make your own hours as long as you adhere to deadlines.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?
I like to read all of the interesting cases and see what the physicians did. I also like the challenge of finding codes that are uncommon.
How would you describe the hard parts?
The job is very detail-oriented and you have to pay attention to what you’re doing at all times.
What surprised you the most about the experience?
It can take months or years to get certain claims resolved.
Special Requirements: You do not need certification to work as a medical biller and coder but getting your Certified Professional Coder credential could help you stand out as an applicant. Some employers prefer a medical or nursing background as well. Most coding programs take about 6-9 months and can be done at a community college, technical school or online. Some positions require a college degree. The American Medical Billing Association and Advancing the Business of Healthcare offer information, conferences, networking, and certification information. Medical Billing and Coding is another association offering information on how to get started and earn your certification.
Finding a Position: Job boards also list positions for billers and coders and it’s a side hustle you can offer as an independent contractor once you have some experience. Often, companies will hire directly for these positions.