What Does It Take to Be a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist? | Harris Casel Institute Melbourne FL
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What Does It Take to Be a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist?

Harris Casel medical billing and coding, photo of women in health care officeThis program could help you lay a foundation for a new career in healthcare

Are you aware of a profession called medical billing and coding specialist? If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, you might want to look into whether this could be a good field for you.

The Harris Casel Institute offers a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program. This often appeals to people who want to work in the field of healthcare, but don’t want to have direct contact with patients. If an office environment is more your style, read on to find out  career in medical billing and coding is like and whether this might be a good fit.

Our prospective students frequently ask questions such as:

What does a medical billing and coding specialist do?
These professionals process claims on behalf of healthcare providers, so they can be reimbursed by a patient’s insurance (either private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare). Medical billers and coders can work in a number of environments, from hospitals and outpatient care centers to nursing homes and doctors’ offices.

The job requires that you become familiar with the coding system for diagnoses and treatments, and then apply these codes accurately to individual patient charts. Then you submit this information via an insurance claim. Other responsibilities include checking the accuracy of the medical billing codes, handling billing that goes to patients for payments they’re responsible for, and following up on any insurance claims that are not paid in a timely fashion.

What does the training program require?
In addition to learning about various health-care delivery systems and information services as well as ethical and legal responsibilities, you will receive training in proper billing and coding procedures, information for reimbursement of patient services, and how to transcribe doctors’ orders and progress notes into readable text. The program also covers anatomy and physiology, the use of appropriate medical and scientific terminology, and the rules of English grammar and punctuation. Like any professional training course, in order to succeed you will need to show dedication to your studies, attend classes, do your homework consistently, and prepare for exams.

Will I get any hands-on experience in the field?
After completing their other courses, students do an onsite externship for several weeks. There they have a chance to use an encoder as well as code books to assign codes to real patient medical records. This provides excellent exposure to what it’s like to work in this capacity “in the real world.”

Does this range of responsibilities appeal to you? It could be well worth your time to dig deeper and learn more about this career choice. A good place to start is the Occupational Outlook Handbook’s career description, or you could start researching training programs in your area—like the one at the Harris Casel Institute!

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This article is part of the Harris Casel Institute’s weekly blog. We offer a range of career training programs at our campus in Melbourne, Florida. Reach out to us directly to learn more about all that we have to offer.