Medical professionals come in many types. Apart from those in physician and nursing careers, many others are working in front and behind the scenes, ensuring patients get the best care. Medical billing specialists are one of those professionals. As part of the allied health field, medical billing specialists work in healthcare environments or insurance offices and handle many tasks. Responsibilities might include reviewing patient records, verifying insurance, submitting claims and interacting with patients.
You can join this exciting career field with interactive, practical training from MedCerts. How do you get started? Let's find out.
If you're ready to start a career as a medical billing specialist, you'll want to consider the skill requirements, course schedule and job prospects.
Most jobs have certain hard skills they require, which you achieve through prior experience, career training or on-the-job training. However, you also need some soft skills. For medical billing, these skills focus on communication, organization, empathy and integrity.
Being part of the allied health field shows you're empathetic and caring. You should also be committed to honesty and doing what's right, following patient privacy practices and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules. Along with these skills, you'll need to be organized and detail-oriented to ensure records are accurate and easy to locate.
Communication is another important skill to master. Since you'll interact with patients, you should know how to address their concerns and speak openly and calmly about their health records.
What do you learn during your studies? Typical courses focus on anatomy and medical terminology to ensure you can excel in your daily tasks. Apart from medical terms commonly used in the healthcare field, you'll learn about different body systems and what role different organs play.
Other equally important courses focus on medical coding essentials and how to verify insurance and communicate patient responsibilities. You'll focus on Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) and HIPAA rules, claim submissions and follow-ups and other essential tasks.
Your medical billing specialist training will also help you gain the soft skills required for professional interactions. From learning about medical ethics and cultural biases to proper office behaviors and appearance, you'll have the skills and understanding to thrive at work.
The job outlook for medical billing specialists is strong, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing an 8% growth outlook for medical records specialists, which includes medical billers. The U.S. average salary is $35,727, with higher salaries reaching $47,347.
The MedCerts Medical Billing Specialist program spans 14 weeks and uses interactive learning, practical applications and assessments to train you to become a medical billing specialist. You'll take three courses:
Professionalism in Allied Health, two weeks
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology, six weeks
Insurance and Billing, and Coding Essentials, six weeks
Each course teaches you different career aspects, giving you tailored yet comprehensive training to excel in this role. At the end of the training, you'll take the Medical Coder & Biller Certification (MCBC) exam administered through the American Medical Certification Association.
When you train to become a medical billing specialist, you'll gain entry into the fulfilling healthcare industry and use your knowledge to converse with patients and streamline the medical claims process. Reach out to a MedCerts education consultant today to see how you can get started.
Dana has over twenty (20) years’ experience in Allied Healthcare and Education, and currently serves as the Chief Product Officer for MedCerts where he is responsible for product vision and strategy, research, and development.
Dana joined MedCerts upon its founding in 2009, and has led the research, development, and production of the entire catalog of programs that have helped MedCerts transform the distance learning landscape. Leveraging state-of-the-art technologies and innovative instructional design practices, Dana and his team have pioneered the development of the MedCerts 12 Elements of eLearning. Each MedCerts program contains a proprietary blend of these engaging, interactive, and entertaining elements that effectively accommodate learners of all types. Dana is deeply in-tune with the needs of today’s healthcare employers and is an expert in careers and certifications related to allied health.
Dana holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (BS) degree from Valparaiso University, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Davenport University. Dana is an avid sports fan and in his free time enjoys mountain biking, woodworking, knifemaking, and spending time with his family and pets.