Medical billing/coding specialists typically works in hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities. They are responsible for handling billing information and associating bills with patients, and working with physicians and other members of their facility. Some day-to-day responsibilities expected of medical billing/coding specialists include keeping up to date with codes and regulatory standards of the medical industry, assisting with audits, and entering and verifying demographics of patients into the system. They also review and verify codes of diagnosis and procedures that are performed in the facility and update patient information on the computer.
These individuals typically work full time in an office setting, and they must be able to work at a computer for an extended period of time. However, they may spend some time moving around their office to talk to patients and physicians.
The minimum educational requirement for this position is typically a high school diploma or equivalent. Up to two years of relevant experience may be necessary depending on the employer. A Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification is also needed. Billing coding specialist must have knowledge of medical terminology and the ability to type quickly. They must also pay attention to detail, have good communication skills, and be able to understand and follow directions.
Medical Billing/Coding Specialist Tasks
Record and process patient data including treatment records, insurance information, bills, and payments.
Set-up payment plans for patients.
Organize and verify patient records, bills, and statements.
Code patients' diagnoses and requests payment from insurance companies or individuals.