What is Medical billing and coding
This all seems way too technical: “medical billing and coding”. So what is this? Actually it’s a simple procedure going on every time, every day, at almost every medical unit. You, as a patient, know that you have to pay your medical insurance and in some cases pay the doctors for their services. On the other hand, for doctors, things aren’t this easy. It all gets complicated when you have your insurance. It’s logical if you think about it, once you get your insurance, your doctor would work for free. But since nobody works for free, it’s more than normal that the doctor gets paid by the insurance company. So we have defined medical billing and coding: a doctor asking for the payment of his/her services and the answer from the insurance company.
However, life isn’t that simple, since insurance companies often waste time or refuse to pay the doctors for their services. This is when medical billing and medical coding, as a job, comes into picture.
Okay, so, what do I do if I want to work with medical billing and coding?
First of all you need to learn everything. You need to learn which patients are those who have insurance companies that are trustworthy. Even if the insurance companies are trustworthy, you need to analyze the type of insurance and ask yourself: will this insurance cover the help of the doctor? If yes, to what level? This is important to know, because you somehow represent the doctor’s benefits and protection. It’s more than obvious that you have to refuse every patient with a medical insurance that seems not to qualify by your overview.
Once you are qualified to do medical billing or medical coding (or both), you need to think about the various opportunities. As a matter of fact, medical billing and medical coding can be considered two distinct positions. However, it is quite common for one person to handle both of them. To differentiate medical billing from medical coding, we’ll now give two short definitions. The medical coder will write the request in the form of a claim for payment. On the other hand, the medical billers do everything related to the bills. Some people who jump into this career decide that they love the medical world and sometimes decide to pursue a master’s degree in nursing which will give them more job security since they have multiple talents and skills. You can make a decent salary with either career but employers look for employees that are very valuable. Continue reading