How to Become a Medical Biller

How to Become a Medical Biller

By Manhattan Institute
Posted in Medical Billing and Coding on March 21, 2016

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If you enjoy working with numbers and people and want to make a difference in your community,you should consider a career as a medical biller. Medical billers are responsible for keeping hospitals, medical practices, and other healthcare facilities running by making sure bills are paid. Wondering how to become a medical biller?

Read on to learn the steps necessary to become a medical biller:

Educational Requirements

Medical billing is generally open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED, but many employers only hire those who have received certification. Medical billing certification courses typically require you to have a high school diploma or its equivalent in order to enroll. Depending on the program, there may be other admissions requirements as well. Many of them can be completed in less than a year, even if you are working full-time while you attend school.

What You Learn in a Medical Billing Course

Medical billing courses are separate from standard degree programs. They may be taught online or in traditional classroom settings. Most can be complicated in months. Be sure to choose an accredited program that will prepare you for certification exams. Once enrolled, you will learn basic medical terminology and diagnosis, procedure, supply, and medicine codes. You will also learn about healthcare laws and regulations, including the Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

On the Job Training

You will learn a lot in your medical billing course, but you will still receive additional training on the job. You will learn about the specific state and county laws that may apply to your jurisdiction and the differences between insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid (depending on what is accepted at your healthcare facility). You will also become familiar with the technology and procedures specific to your healthcare facility.

 


For more information about becoming a medical biller, check out Manhattan Institute’s course description. We’d love to help prepare you to enter this growing field!