As a medical biller you will be given an important office position, where you will be actively contributing to the health care industry. Your job will entail a number of responsibilities and you will often be the liaison between patients, medical institutions and various insurance companies.
The job description for medical biller is best suited for an individual who can pay close attention to minute details. It will be your responsibility to complete insurance invoices, review the information and then submit these forms to the appropriate agency. In today’s medical world there are HIPPA rules about obtaining, releasing and transmitting personal information. These submissions must be done electronically and you will need to make certain that all of the data and signatures are in the correct places.
A medical billing specialist will often be found working in a physician’s office or at a large hospital. However these jobs are also available in numerous health care related facilities such as a free-standing medical clinic, a nursing home, rehab center or physical therapy office. There is an increasing need for individuals with the necessary skills to handle the billing between health care providers and health insurance agencies. Sometimes the job requirements of a medical biller and coder will be combined together.
The duties for medical billers could include the following tasks
- Reviewing patient bills for accuracy
- Reviewing claims that are sent directly to Medicare/Medicaid
- Checking to make sure that proper payments have been received
- Resolving any billing discrepancies
- Checking insurance policies for any secondary/tertiary benefits
- Helping patients understand their insurance benefits plan
- Calculating the amount that the patient might be charged for health care services
- Tracking and resolving any unpaid insurance claims
Skills needed to become a medical biller
- Broad, detailed knowledge of insurance payment guidelines
- Ability to do research online (regarding payment benefits)
- Interpersonal skills to deal with the public
- Multi-tasking capability
- Computer skills
- Knowledge of medical coding
- Familiarity with various medical billing software programs
You should be comfortable working with computers and interacting with others. This job will require you to think on your feet. You should be organized and efficient. Much of the day you will be sitting at a desk, but you may need to file papers, retrieve necessary documents and have an eye for details.
Depending upon your employer the job assignments could even require you to occasionally function as a receptionist or help with other office tasks. The majority of the time your duties will be completely focused on making sure that the billing invoices are being completed properly and submitted in a timely manner.
- You should have a HS diploma or GED
- Completion of a Medical Billing Training Course
- An Associate’s Degree in Business Administration (ora comparable field)
It is helpful to have at least 6 months-1 year of office experience that involved working in a health care setting such as a doctor’s office or hospital.
Medical Billing as a Life Career
This field is growing at a rapid pace and offers many opportunities for individuals who want to choose medical billing as their career. In most situations this is a job with standard Monday-Friday (9-5 or 8-4) scheduling requirements.
The average salary for medical billing associates is $14/hr. Average yearly salary is $30,000-$45,000. Some jobs will include profit sharing, stock options, retirement programs and other perks.