what is medical billing and coding

Any time you have gone to the physician, and you have medical insurance, after leaving your physician a claim is filed on your behalf for reimbursement. The medical insurance billers and coders will submit and follow up on any claims submitted on your behalf, in order to receive payment for services rendered by the health care provider to you.

What skills do Medical Billing and Coding Specialists need to have?

On the side of the medical insurance billers and coders, this involves learning many CPT and ICD codes, each one representing a procedure, symptom, medications and diagnoses, in order to process the claim properly.

Medical billing and coding workers are the health care professionals in charge of processing patient data such as treatment records and related insurance information. Medical insurance billers and coders are tasked with coding a patient's diagnosis along with a request for payments from the patient's insurance company.

The health care industry depends on skilled, qualified medical insurance billers and coders to accurately record, register and track of each patient's account.

CHCP’s Medical Billing and Coding Degree Program

Medical billers are responsible for making sure all medical claims are billed correctly. This process involves talking with patients and/or health insurance companies on a regular basis to make sure all invoices are paid on time. The biller must have a solid understanding of the coding language and how to read medical records.

Medical coders do not have a lot of direct interaction with insurance companies or the patients. The medical coder and biller often work together to make sure all claims are paid properly and on time.

Accuracy is extremely important for a medical insurance biller and coder. You should have an eye for detail, be a team player and possess a professional attitude. It involves organization and detail-oriented work. A medical insurance biller and coder must possess both academic and technical skills such as medical terminology and anatomy, medical billing software, medical documentation interpretation, basic business math, keyboard and computer skills, and a working knowledge of medical administrative duties.

What are typical jobs for Medical Billing and Coding graduates?

Administrative Assistant

Insurance Benefits Assistant

Insurance Examiner’s Assistant

Hospital Admitting Clerk

Medical Office Bookkeeper

Medical Records Clerk

Insurance Claims Clerk

Come visit a CHCP campus near you and find out how to start your new career in Medical Billing and Coding!