So if you’re someone like me who has little to no knowledge about the medical field, I think it’s safe to say that you might not know too much about what medical billing and coding is. Sure, we all pretty much know that phlebotomy technicians draw blood and home health aides take care of the disabled and certified nursing assistants do pretty much what their name suggests they do: assist nurses. Medical billing and coding, however, sounds a lot more vague. So let me enlighten you.
What Exactly is Medical Billing and Coding?
A medical biller and coder will have an important role no matter where they are hired, whether it be in a clinic or a hospital. He/she will play the vital role as the connection between health care providers, patients, and the insurance companies. As a medical biller and coder, you will have to read patient charts to determine medical history including previous diagnoses and treatments that were given. After these facts are determined, you will use a set of established medical codes to transcribe patient history into “shorthand” language that will be used by the health care providers and the patient’s insurance company.
In short, a medical biller and coder will read and analyze patient records, determine the correct codes for the patient records, use those codes to bill insurance providers, interact with physicians and assistants, keep track of patient data, manage detailed and specifically-coded information, and maintain patient confidentiality and information security.
How to Pursue a Career in Medical Billing and Coding
For such sophisticated work, it’s not hard to get certified for medical billing and coding at all.You would just have to enroll yourself in a vocational program to get the certification and you’d pretty much be on your way to becoming the primary liaison between medical reports and the health care providers! While a multitude of institutions offer medical billing and coding classes, E&S Academy truly provides a convenient approach for all prospective students. If you’re too busy to commute to any of our three campuses in South Plainfield, Lawrenceville, or Elizabeth, it won’t be a problem! We offer the courses online. Better yet, if you’re not the best at keeping up with deadlines (we’ve all been there), it’s not a problem either because we started offering registration for online courses every Monday!