It is common knowledge today that careers in the allied health care services are among the fastest growing. Among these allied health care services is medical billing and coding.
Medical billing and coding is a career that involves managing the health care revenue cycle. The professionals in this field takes care of properly converting to medically accepted codes all of the health care services availed by insured patients. They must also see to it that bills and insurance claims for all the health care services are appropriately filed and submitted to the health insurance company for settlement.
The medical billing and coding professional makes sure that the health care service providers are rightfully reimbursed for services they rendered to insured patients. If there are no medical billers and coders to perform billing and collection, health care service providers won’t be able to solely focus on providing critical medical care but will also focus on the revenue cycle which will still be possible but will not be the best thing to do because health care service providers are working long hours on clinical procedures and most of the time they are saving lives.
The above shows an ideal career as a medical billing and coding professional. It shows how valuable medical billers are in the health care system. They are not directly involved in the clinical side of health care but they are critical in the administrative side of the health care system.
However, like most careers in the allied health care service, professional training is required before anybody can apply and work as a medical biller and coder. There’s good news though. Medical billers are not required to get a certification exam. It is recommended and ideal but if you already have proper training and actual experience, a certification is not necessary.
Still, just in case you still want to take a certification exam after your formal training, the two exams you can focus on includes CMRS and RHIA. These certification exams are not required but ideal for those working in the field.