Medical Billing and Coding: how is it different from other administrative work?
November 30, 2010
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Medical billing professionals deal with insurance companies, patients and lawyers to ensure that the services are paid in full. The medical biller is responsible for making sure that the private or federal insurance provider has a complete account of the patients’ medical record and the specifics of the services.
Medical coding deals with the same part of the health care process ad medical billing and the skill set needed for medical billing are similar to those of a medical coding professional.
There are specific codes for different medical procedures, pharmaceuticals, doses of medicines, diagnoses, and different parts of the body. The medical coder takes all of the relevant information that the physician has recorded on the patient’s charts and translates them into this specific code so they can be consistently and easily communicated to all the different parties involved in billing like insurance providers.
Medical billing and coding is a job that is in demand at all different kinds of healthcare facilities including hospitals, physicians’ offices, specialists’ offices, and extended care centers. Almost anywhere that medicine is practiced, medical billing and coding is performed.
If you’re interested in preparing for a career in these fields, check out Sanford-Brown’s many locations for Medical Billing and Coding Programs: http://www.sanfordbrown.edu/Areas-Of-Study/Allied-Health-Technicians-And-Therapists/Medical-Billing-And-Coding
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