Medical billing and coding personnel are an important part of a healthcare facility. They manage payments, insurance information, claims, and collect due payments. In some facilities they might be expected to perform some duties of a medical coder and perform data entry operations.
Medical billing professionals may be expected to collect payment for the services that a facility renders. They are required to keep in constant touch with insurance companies so in order to ensure that claims are paid and that all other dues are managed properly.
You will find medical billers in all areas of the healthcare industry such as clinics, hospitals, hospices and even doctors’ offices. They also work in companies outsourcing medical billing facilities. Medical billers are trained personnel who are required to possess high attention to detail and a good typing speed. Excellent telephone etiquette is also important as medical billers spend a lot of their time on the phone.
Being a medical billing professional entails some important skills that an individual needs to possess before he can be employed in this capacity. Look at some of these skills; these phrases can be effectively utilized in the skills or qualifications section of your resume.
• Extensive knowledge of ICD-9 and CPT-4 codes
• Hands-on experience with EMR, EDI and ERA posting
• Familiar with commercial insurances, HMO’s, Medicaid and Medicare
• In depth knowledge of medical terminology
• Hands on experience in medical transcription duties
• Functional knowledge of insurance companies and claims information
• Great attention to detail
• Profound ability to manage basic accounting functions
• Excellent negotiation and critical thinking acumen
• Some knowledge of human anatomy
• Computer: Microsoft Office and medical billing software
• Proven ability to maintain patient confidentiality
• Excellent knowledge of legality and ethics of the medical field
• Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively
• Professional phone demeanor