Medical Billers and Coders

Medical billers and coders play an important behind-the-scenes role in the health care system. For example, imagine a patient who makes an appointment to visit his doctor because he’s feeling excessively tired. The doctor examines him and orders several tests. 

The biller or coder who works in the doctor’s office must assign a code to each test. Thanks to these codes, the process of communication between the doctor and the patient’s insurance company goes smoothly. Why is that so important? If the codes are wrong, the insurance company might not pay the patient’s bill.

Medical billers and coders communicate between medical offices, patients, and insurance companies. By assigning letters and numbers to diseases, injuries, and medical procedures, they speed up the process of payment.

Did You Know?

Billers and coders must understand the ABCs of medical terminology, diagnosis, and pharmacology.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Use a computer
  • Be careful and thorough so that insurance companies don't refuse to pay bills
  • Work for hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics, medical laboratories, HMOs, or insurance companies
  • Adapt to changing administrative systems and new technology

It Helps To Be...

Good with numbers and memorization, organized, and discreet. When keeping medical records, you will come across a lot of confidential information about patients. You must maintain their privacy while doing your job.

Make High School Count

  • Take plenty of math and science courses.
  • Build computer skills.
  • Volunteer to assist a biller or coder at a clinic or doctor’s office.

Did You Know?

Coding was originally used to show the cause of death on death certificates.

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