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What Is Medical Billing and Coding?

Written by Michelle Ecker on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Posted in Careers, Healthcare

What Is Medical Billing and Coding?

A common misconception about medical careers is that it takes a ton of time spent in school and money invested in degrees in order to join the competitive industry- however that is not the case! If you’re interested in working in healthcare, it’s important for you to realize that you don’t have to spend years at a university and tens of thousands of dollars in order to do so. There are plenty of in-demand healthcare jobs for which you could get certified and start working in within a matter of months.

The demand for formally trained medical billing and coding professionals has been steadily increasing over the past several years as a growing number of people rely on healthcare services with time- and our accredited online Medical Billing and Coding Course will teach you everything you need to know to get started.

The most significant role of a medical billing and coding professional is to carefully go through clinical statements, then assign the corresponding codes to them using industry standard classification systems. That way, any written medical reports taken in a medical office setting can be translated into a code that is standard and internationally recognized throughout the healthcare industry, making processes much more organized and simpler to track and understand. The medical codes you write will not only help healthcare professionals track the condition of any given patient they’re working with, but will also help keep track of any healthcare procedures that are then (or were in the past) performed on said patient.

Medical billing responsibilities are slightly different. To maintain this role, you will be the person who submits and follows up on claims filed through patient health insurance companies. Essentially, you will track the claim process in order to insure that the medical practice you work for effectively receives the payment they are owed from the insurance companies patients filed from.

NYICD’s course gives all students a comprehensive preparation for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered by the National Health Career Association (NHA). This nationally-recognized certification makes sure that your potential employers know you have the skills needed to succeed in the profession. At NYICD, we understand that our students enroll with a career in mind. That’s why the help we provide doesn’t end after you finish your course- or even pass your certification exam. Considering this, the fee you will be charged for the exam you’ll take is included in the price of our course. And after you take your exam, we promise to stick by your side until you start working at the job you had in mind when you first enrolled- from networking with advisors who already work in the medical billing and coding industry to developing your resume with our career experts, we promise to do whatever we can to help you start the new career you’re looking for.

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