Medical Billing: What It Takes to Break into The Field
Are you interested in a career in healthcare, but on the business end of things? If you’d rather work behind the scenes on the operations and management side of the industry (rather than handling patient care), a career in medical billing may be of interest to you. Medical billers work in facilities’ administrative offices to help their organizations prevent medical billing errors, keep costs down and update patients’ medical records. If you’re interested in exploring the field of medical billing, here’s how to get started:
Evaluate your skill set. Like many jobs, medical billing requires a very specific type of skill set to excel in the job. Some of the top skills required to be a successful medical biller include strong communication, attention to detail and ability to multitask. Working in a fast-paced medical setting will require that you can handle a variety of responsibilities with accuracy and precision. From avoiding coding errors to serving as a liaison between patients, doctors and insurance companies, you’ll be expected to juggle a constant flow of tasks involving a mix of interpersonal skills and computer literacy while upholding HIPPA privacy standards.
Meet educational requirements. The baseline educational requirement for medical billing is a GED or high school diploma. From there, you can then choose whether to pursue a certificate program or an associate degree program. Many year-long certificate programs will help you get up to speed about basic medical terminology and healthcare regulations. However, if you’re looking for more in-depth education, you may pursue the associate degree option. Keep in mind you do not need to earn an associate degree specifically in medical billing; you can opt for a degree program in another related field such as health information management or medical coding. While having an associate degree isn’t required for a medical billing career, it can put you at a competitive advantage when applying for jobs.
Get certified. As you undergo your preliminary education, you should prepare yourself to earn your medical billing certification. While there are many different certifications available, it’s best to earn your certification from a reputable organization. Some of the best medical billing institutions that offer certification options include American Billing Association (AMBA), American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Keep in mind that every certification course has different requirements. It’s important to research each option thoroughly so you can prepare yourself accordingly and find the best certification for your career goals.
With the right planning and preparation, the medical billing field can offer you a fulfilling and rewarding healthcare career. It’s time to take advantage of everything medical billing has to offer!
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