Medical Billing and Coding

Are you interested in an office-based career in the health care industry? Are you detail-oriented and analytical? If so, medical billing and coding may be the career for you. Medical billers and coders (also called health claims specialists) are responsible for processing insurance claims for healthcare facilities.

Medical billing and coding is a vital function for any healthcare facility where insurance is accepted. The healthcare industry relies on medical billing and coding specialists to keep accurate records, including patient treatment records, insurance information, payment plans, outstanding bills, and payments received.

As a medical biller and coder, you will be trained in medical terminology, insurance forms, diagnostic codes, procedural codes, and procedures for processing medical claims. In this profession, you may work for a doctors. office, hospital, extended care facility, diagnostic center, or insurance company.

The Medical Billing and Coding/Health Claims Specialist program at Branford Hall helps prepare students for taking the Certified Professional Coder exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders. Certification demonstrates your commitment to your new career, and may provide you with better career opportunities.

    A Day in the Life
    As a health claims specialist, you will handle medical billing and coding responsibilities. In a typical day, you can expect to:
  • Use a computer-based system to assign codes for reimbursement
  • Process insurance claims and submit to insurance companies
  • Check and re-submit any claims that have been rejected
  • Organize health insurance claim forms
  • Input data into patient databases
  • Review patient bills and statements
  • Manage Electronic Health Records (EHR)

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