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December 27, 2012 by Holly Cassano

How Do I Study for the CPC Exam?

Question: (from Gabrielle) I completed my medical and billing program about a year ago. I never ended up taking my test to be certified because I ended up getting a job with the doctors office I had done my internship with as a receptionist. I really want to pursue a career in billing and coding, […]

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December 7, 2012 by Holly Cassano

Is Medical Coding a Risky Job?

Dear Reader, Medical coding is not a risky profession overall. There are no actual patient interventions that would involve exposure to bodily fluids and the only physical exertion involves reviewing medical records, which if not done at a proper office setting either at practice or home office can bring about a few potential concerns, such as […]

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December 7, 2012 by Holly Cassano

How Can Coders and Billers Work More Effectively?

Dear Reader, That is a great question and one that I have discussed often. There is a fine line between medical billers and medical coders when it comes to workflow and responsibilities. Sometimes, you can have an experienced medical biller who is certified and does a great job, yet they may occasionally feel that they […]

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November 30, 2012 by Holly Cassano

What Are the Main Medical Billing and Coding Associations?

There are numerous professional medical billing and coding associations you should be aware of if you’re going to work within this industry. Some organizations, such as the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), offer training programs and certification tests in medical coding, medical billing, auditing, and practice management. Read on to find out about some […]

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November 30, 2012 by Holly Cassano

What Are A Medical Billers and Coder’s Daily Responsibilities?

Medical billers and coders assist with the business side of medicine by performing various data management tasks, either in a facility or outpatient/office setting. Coders translate diagnosis and procedures from patient encounters extracted from the medical record into correlating codes used in databases, for insurance reimbursement, and maintain a patient’s medical history. A medical billing […]

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November 30, 2012 by Holly Cassano

How Do I Find Medical Billing and Coding Jobs?

Finding a job in medical billing and coding when you are newly certified in either or both can prove to be a daunting task if you enter the job search unprepared. Entry-level positions are available, but you must know how to market yourself and where to look. The entry-level positions in this field allow many […]

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November 19, 2012 by Staff Writers

Is Medical Billing and Coding a Good Career?

A career in medical billing and coding can be a great option due to an anticipated growth of employment in the industry and low educational requirements. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) anticipates employment of medical records and health information technicians, which includes medical billers and coders, to increase 21% from 2010 to 2020, […]

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November 16, 2012 by Staff Writers

What Industries Pay MBAC Specialists the Most?

Employment of medical billing and coding specialists is expected to increase across numerous industries, including health care, as medical organizations transition to electronic records. Although the majority of billing and coding specialists are employed at hospitals and physician’s offices, the healthcare industry isn’t among the top paying industries for the occupation. That distinction belongs to […]

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November 16, 2012 by Staff Writers

What Courses Are Common in Medical Billing and Coding Programs?

Although certain classes may vary by institution, there are some universal courses that all future medical billers and coders need to take. Since medical billing and coding specialists need to understand the language and ethical guidelines associated with health care, they are required to take courses in medical terminology, health care ethics, and HIPAA compliance. […]

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November 9, 2012 by Staff Writers

What Skills do Medical Billers and Coders Need?

There’s a lot more to being a successful medical biller and coder than being certified or having the technical skills and knowledge of the trade. Medical billers and coders need to have strong analytical skills to assist with assigning diagnoses and/or procedure codes to a patient encounter. They should also have strong communication skills in […]

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November 7, 2012 by Staff Writers

How Can I Get a Medical Billing and Coding Internship?

Completing an internship while attending courses in medical billing and/or coding is paramount for students simply because it allows them to gain inside knowledge and glean professional experience in preparation for that new job once certification is achieved. Students must understand that the majority of internships are unpaid. The experience acquired on the job is […]

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November 5, 2012 by Staff Writers

What Schools in Texas Offer Medical Billing and Coding Programs?

Medical billing and coding, also known as medical records and health information technology, is a popular profession in Texas. Organizations within the state employed an estimated 16,520 billers and coders in May 2011, making Texas the second largest employer in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Since medical billing and […]

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November 2, 2012 by Staff Writers

How Do I Find an AHIMA Approved Coding Certificate Program in My State?

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a professional organization focused on medical records management that has more than 64,000 members. It provides seminars, continuing education opportunities, a code of ethics for its members, and it’s involved in advocacy and public policy. AHIMA also approves medical coding certificate programs that meet a certain standard […]

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October 25, 2012 by Staff Writers

What States Employ the Most Medical Billers and Coders?

Before I give you any specifics, I will say that the number of medical billers and coders in a particular state is largely tied to the size of the medical industry. Regardless of location, demand for medical billers and coders will increase as the use of electronic health records becomes more prominent. Healthcare organizations in […]

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October 25, 2012 by Staff Writers

What Are the Different Types of Medical Coding Classification Systems?

Two common medical coding classification systems are in use — the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). ICD is the standard international system of classifying mortality and morbidity statistics, and it’s used by more than 100 countries. The system is used by health care facilities to define diseases and allocate resources […]

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June 28, 2012 by Staff Writers

Do I Need a Course or Coding Certification?

Queston: I need to get a degree for medical billing online. Which online course is the best and cheapest route to go? I have been doing medical billing and coding for 7 years now without a degree, but I will never get the money I desire without the degree. I have a question for you […]

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June 28, 2012 by Staff Writers

Is an Associate of Science Enough?

Question: Can I get a job in medical billing if I have obtained an Associate of Science degree in medical billing and insurance coding with a cumulative GPA of 2.83, but am not certified? Dear Reader, Yes, you can obtain a position in this field without certification, but the caveat for you will be that […]

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June 28, 2012 by Staff Writers

Coding Programs in Washington, D.C.?

Question: What are some great programs in the Maryland, Washington, D.C. area? Thank you for your inquiry. Below is a link to some schools in that area and I have also given you some salary information as well. Happy Coding! Holly Schools in Washington, D.C. Everest College Tyson’s Corner Medical Insurance Billing and Coding American […]

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June 28, 2012 by Staff Writers

Demand for Medical Billers and Coders?

Question: Is there a large demand for medical biller and coders? Dear Reader, Yes, there is high demand for medical billers and coders in today’s job market, but first let me speak concerning the profession, as many are under the impression that these two careers are one and the same. Medical billing is one profession […]

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June 28, 2012 by Staff Writers

Is It Hard to Work from Home?

Today is question and answer time on Coding Notes. The first question — posted anonymously — is one that many readers might be anxious about: Question: Is it very hard to work at home? Dear Reader, Working from home in medical billing and coding is perhaps the most appealing aspect of the profession as a […]

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May 8, 2012 by Staff Writers

Where Do Medical Coders Work?

An essential part of the modern healthcare corps, medical coders are employed across the country, from quiet towns situated off the beaten path to the heart of busy metropolitan areas. Few occupations can boast the diversity of environmental options provided by the medical coding field. Across the country, large and small health-related companies require coders, […]

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