My name is Ceete Sheekels, I began my career in the healthcare in 1993 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Due to my LPN certification I was no stranger to the medical field, and since then I have since moved on to obtaining my Ph.D in Health Services and then moved on to obtain my medical billing and coding certifications. My first position as a Certified Professional Coders (CPC) and Certified Evaluation & Management Coder (CEMC) was at the same hospital I worked at as an intern. I have the following certifications:

  • Certified Coding Specialist Physician Based (CCS-P) from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
  • Certified Medical Professional Coding Curriculum Instructor (PMCC) from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

Many medical students looking to start their career ask me what I found it takes to become a good medical billing and coding specialist and the answer I was able to give them was that you have to assess what type of personality you have. If you find that you are more of an independent thinker and decision maker and are comfortable with limited interaction with the general public then coding is for you, however if you find yourself to be more of a people person, answering their questions and essentially being their buffer between themselves and the insurance company then being a medical billing specialist could be the best path for you.

I began AboutMedicalBillingandCoding.org to help you on your path to becoming a medical billing and coding specialist. These articles are here to help you better understand the medical billing and coding career, the ups and the downs. As a medical coder with over 18 years of experience in the healthcare field and as a former Certified Professional Coder Instructor (CPC-I) I have made it my job to continue to offer up my knowledge and expertise as a professional in this vocation.

Once again I would like to take this time and thank you for visitingAboutMedicalBillingandCoding.org. I hope the information here will help you further understand the intricacies of the medical billing and coding field. Good Luck in all of your endeavors!

Citation And Resources I have Used

1. Center for Medicaid and Medicare Service
2. SuperCoder.com Expert Coding Help
3. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act: Know the Facts
4. Medicare Training
5. American Academy of Professional Coders
6. American Medical Billing Association
7.Medical Billing Software Advice

Works and Research Papers To Read

Economic Analysis of an Automated Billing System for Physicians’ Services
Emmanuel Mesel, David D. Wirtschafter and Diane M. Ramsey-Klee
Medical Care
Vol. 14, No. 12 (Dec., 1976), pp. 1037-1051
(article consists of 15 pages)
Published by: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3763253

Extra-Billing and Physician Remuneration: A Paradox
Herbert C. Northcott
Canadian Public Policy / Analyse de Politiques
Vol. 8, No. 2 (Spring, 1982), pp. 200-206
(article consists of 7 pages)
Published by: University of Toronto Press on behalf of Canadian Public Policy
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3550156

Changes in Medicare Billing Patterns: Implications for Physician Payment Reform
Nelda McCall and Sande Kiriluk
Journal of Public Health Policy
Vol. 13, No. 4 (Winter, 1992), pp. 472-484
(article consists of 13 pages)
Published by: Palgrave Macmillan Journals
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3342535