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What to Document Each Day as a Medical Coding and Billing Associate

As a medical coder and biller, a great way to keep all of your coding activities on the up-and-up is to spend some time each day writing down (or typing up) what you work on each day. You should keep a [more…]

Medical Coding and Billing: Keep Patient Info Private

The moment you sign on for your new medical billing and coding job keeping patient information private becomes vital. Most healthcare providers require employees and vendors to sign confidentiality agreements [more…]

Medical Coding and Billing: Levels of Insurance Coverage

As a medical coding professional, it is important to understand various insurance coverage levels. The more the individual contributes to the cost of medical insurance, the better the coverage. Say, for [more…]

Medical Coding and Billing: Types of Insurance Coverage

In order to properly code and bill for medical procedures, it is important that you understand the various types of insurance policies. An insurance plan seems to exist for just about every situation, [more…]

Medical Billing and Coding: COBRA Health Insurance Extension Benefits

No medical insurance? No problem. Though it’s not that simple when it comes to medical billing, that’s what you’re supposed to think when you hear the word [more…]

Medical Billing: Health Insurance Networks

Some health care payers and providers participate in networks. You will encounter many networks in billing for medical procedures. A network is essentially a middleman that functions as an agent for commercial [more…]

How to Deal with Third-Party Administrators for Medical Billing

Third party administrators (TPAs) are intermediaries within the medical billing system who either operate as a network or access networks to price claims. TPAs often handle claims processing for employers [more…]

Medicare for Medical Coder/Biller

Four types of Medicare exist — Parts A through D — and each serves a particular purpose, which makes it complicated for medical coding and billing. The different types of Medicare and the fact that participation [more…]

Medical Coding and Billing: Medicare Supplement Policies

Medicare supplement policies cover the charges that Medicare doesn’t pay, so it is important to know if a patient has supplemental policies for medical coding purposes. Normally, Medicare pays 80 percent [more…]

How to Code and Process Medicare Claims

It probably comes as no surprise to you that coding and processing medical claims for Medicare billing can get pretty confusing, dealing with a large bureaucracy. [more…]

How to Code and Process Medicaid Claims

As a government program, Medicaid claims must follow specific medical coding processes in order to bill for procedures. Medicaid’s purpose is to assist low-income people pay for part or all of their medical [more…]

How to Code and Process Military Medical Claims

Medical coding for current and former military personnel follows certain fee schedules through two separate programs: Tricare, which funds medical claims for active military and their dependents, and CHAMPUS [more…]

How to Code and Process Workers’ Compensation Medical Claims

With Workers’ Comp claims, not only are you billing and coding for the benefit of the medical provider or payer, but you are also coding something that will affect whether someone receives proper compensation [more…]

How to Choose a Medical Coding Credentialing Organization

The two primary credentialing organizations for medical coding and billing professionals are the AAPC (formerly the American Academy of Professional Coders) and the American Health Information Management [more…]

How to Figure Return on Investment for Medical Coding Certification

It really does pay to be a certified medical biller/coder, no matter what designation you choose to pursue. Surveys conducted by the AAPC indicate that coder salaries have continued to increase despite [more…]

How to Weigh the Pros and Cons of Multiple Medical Coding Certifications

You may be wondering, since medical coding certification offers so many benefits, whether you can compound your advantages by having more than one certification. Very possibly. But before you begin signing [more…]

How Medical Coders Can Choose an AAPC Certification Level

The basic medical coding certification level for the AACP is the CPC certification. This certification indicates proficiency in reading a medical chart and abstracting the correct diagnosis codes, procedural [more…]

Medical Coding and Billing Certification Exam Preparation Bundles

The AAPC offers an Online Bundle course for those training for medical coding and billing certification through either the CPC (Certified Professional Coder) or CPC-H [more…]

How to Avoid Bad Medical Coding and Billing Training Programs

One of the biggest drawbacks to the increasing need for medical billers and coders is the rise of programs that are nothing but diploma mills. These unscrupulous companies take your money and leave you [more…]

How to Get the Most Out of Medical Coding and Billing Continuing Education

As a medical coding and billing professional, you often need to earn CEUs on your own time (and your own dollar), in which case you want to make sure you’re getting the most benefit for the cost. [more…]

How to Find Free Continuing Education Resources for Medical Coding and Billing

Some free CEU resources are available for maintaining your medical coding and billing association membership if you know where to look. Read on to find out more. [more…]

How to Study for Medical Coding and Billing Exams: Develop a Strategy

Your first reaction when you begin to study for a medical billing and coding exam is likely to be, “Where do I start? There is so much information!” True, you do need to know a lot. Here are some helpful [more…]

How to Learn Proper Pronunciation for Medical Coding and Billing Terms

It’s no secret that many of the words you encounter in the medical billing and coding world don’t exactly roll off the tongue (consider acetabulum or olecranon [more…]

Continuing Education for Medical Coding and Billing Professionals

Regardless of which medical coding and billing certification(s) you choose, you’ve got to participate in some continuing education to maintain it. The healthcare industry is constantly evolving. Codes [more…]

Medical Coding and Billing Certification from BMSC and PAHCS

The AAPC and AHIMA aren’t the only games in town when it comes to certification for medial coding and billing. Although they are perhaps the most well-known, you may discover that your professional goals [more…]

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