Working with medical records is an important responsibility
Many people are deciding to pursue a career in medical billing and medical coding. With the need for electronic health records and accurate record-keeping, these professionals play an important role in today’s modern healthcare system.
If you are considering going to medical billing and coding school, it’s a good idea to take some time to think about this career choice. What are your strengths that make you a good fit for the job? Will your qualities be a good match for the demands of the job?
There are five important traits that are important for this job, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Take a look inside yourself, and think whether these traits describe you!
Qualities of medical billers and coders
1. Detail-Oriented. Paying attention to the small details is an important aspect of being a medical biller or medical coder. You will be processing health insurance claims, completing Medicaid and Medicare forms, assigning important medical codes, and taking care of patient billing. Mistakes can result in bills not being paid or reimbursements not being made. Being accurate is a critical part of your job.
2. Analytical Skills. In medical billing and coding school, you will learn about the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) system for coding patients’ charts, as well as the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) system. These coding systems require accuracy and attention to detail. Some people say the job of a medical coder can sometimes be like detective work. While much of your work will be routine, sometimes you need to do some sleuthing to determine the appropriate medical codes for patients’ diagnoses and medical procedures.
3. Technical skills. In today’s digitized world, medical coding and billing is done through specialized software programs. Most healthcare facilities will have an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system that is used to record patient medical information, insurance information, and billing/payment information. If you aren’t a computer whiz, don’t worry! You will learn about these programs during your training program and have plenty of opportunity to get comfortable with them.
4. Interpersonal skills. The ability to communicate well with others will serve you well in this field. You may have to talk with colleagues in your own department when you are trying to figure out a difficult coding problem. Or you may have to interact with physicians and nurses if you have questions about diagnoses or procedures. For this reason, your interpersonal skills need to be strong, and you have to be comfortable talking in a respectful and professional manner with your co-workers and supervisors.
5. Integrity. The importance of patient confidentiality is something you will learn in medical billing and coding school. Being honest goes hand-in-hand with handling people’s medical records. If you want to work in this field, you must have integrity and appreciate the importance of patient privacy.
If you think you can develop these qualities, then pursuing a career as a medical biller or coder may be in your future. Remember, your schooling will help you become stronger in these areas, and will prepare you with the skills and know-how you need to start your career.
This article was provided by the Harris Casel Institute. If you're looking into medical billing and coding schools, our Medical Billing and Coding program is open to students in the Melbourne, Florida area. Find out about this and other programs by contacting us online.