Becoming a Medical Billing Specialist

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					The field of medical billing is one where a person works in a medical
field but does not work directly with patients. In fact, it is one that
is more to do with correctly encoding data that is understandable
throughout the health industry. If you are interested in the career as a
medical billing specialist, there are a number of things you can do.To
start off, you should at least have a high school diploma, preferably
having taken science, health and math classes in high school. Although
most companies prefer hiring degree holders, some do take in candidates
with high school diploma and teach them about their duties and
responsibilities throughout the job training. However, as said, degree
holders are much more preferred because they would have been properly
equipped with the knowledge to properly code billing information, as well
as carry the understanding of the medical field, which can be much more
cost-saving to the institution.Hence, one should look for accredited
programs on medical billing and coding, which can be an associate or
bachelor's degree. Throughout the program, a person will learn a wide
array of related subjects, including general education, anatomy,
physiology, statistics, medical data coding, computer science, and
medical law. In the meantime, taking part time jobs or internships with
medical centers can be advantageous since most employers prefer
candidates that have had some working experience in the field as well.To
become certified as a medical billing specialist, one can obtain the
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification, which is
offered by the American Health Information Management Association
(AHIMA). However, in order to attain this certification, one will need to
have completed two years of a degree from an accredited program and pass
the AHIMA exam. You can check out the Commission on Accreditation for
Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) website
to find out which programs are accredited. If you were trained on the
job, or had attended an unaccredited program, you will not be allowed to
take the exam to get the credentials.Apart from that, if one has had
their general training and have gathered enough experience, they can
choose to specialize in specific medical fields, for example, nephrology,
chemotherapy, radiology, cardiology, or vision care. With specialization,
specialists have higher pay, plus have better advancement opportunities.
On the other hand, a medical billing specialist can work directly from
home since most of the work can be completed on the computer without the
need to actually see patients in person.

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