Medical billing and coding is one of the best careers for people who enjoy working with numbers and want to be involved in the medical field. Billing and coding can be learned through a specialized career or vocational school and does not require a four year degree.
What Is Medical Billing and Coding?When a patient visits a doctor for an exam, has a procedure or has a test, the doctor's office files a claim with the patient's insurance company. The medical office works with both the patient and the insurance company to receive payment for the exam, procedure or test.
In order to file the insurance claim, the medical office staff must use standardized codes which all medical facilities and insurance companies use. These codes indicate the patient's diagnosis and the treatment received.
The medical office's billing and coding staff use the appropriate codes to file claims with the insurance company and bill the patient if necessary. Without this coding and billing, the doctor's office, lab or hospital could not be paid for services provided.