What an awesome opportunity to kick start your career in just 3 months. Yes, indeed it just takes 3 months to get you ready to work as a medical biller. All you need is a high school certificate to get trained as a medical biller. The medical billers are professionals who process the medical bills in a hospital so it requires a complete knowledge in medical terms, policies and accounting methods used in hospital, clinics and insurance companies. This profession not only ears you a certification and job but also a career growth and development in future.
Scope of a Medical Biller
Medical Billers is more of a medical accounting profession, which has continuous job opportunities in health care industry because of the growth and enormous number of medical records that needs to be recorded and accounted every day. Becoming a medical biller is a first step as an entry-level accountant in a medical organization, which can teach you and take you to higher levels as administrative professional and manager according to your performance and development in the organization.
Step in becoming a Medical Biller
If you have you high school diploma, then you are all set to start in becoming a medical biller. The next important things are to get a medial biller certification and then look for the job. The course duration is 3 months and the students learns all the specifics about the health care terms, billing techniques, accounting, reimbursement methodologies, third-party billing and all information on polices in Medicare and insurance.
1. Choose the certification:
There are two certifications available in medical billing Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) and Certified Medical Billing Specialist (CMBS). Both require few credentials to be met by the person who wants to give the certifications. The syllabus and subjects for the exams include medical terminologies, physiology, anatomy, medical coding, Medicare and insurance processing guidelines, claim refutation and appeals, maintaining records of misuse, false claim and fraud report.
2. Preparing for the certification:
This is an important step in becoming a medical biller. Some may do self-study through textbooks and online resources available while some may enroll for courses online or in colleges that help you to prepare for the test through trained staffs and sample tests. It takes 6 to 8 weeks to prepare and once preparation is done, you can go for registering and giving the test. For CMRS certification, the American Medical Billing Association offers a study guide that can be downloaded from their website and you can take the test online within 45 days of registration and can check the results within no time and confirmation reaches in 3 to 5 business days. In CMBS certification you need to complete six online courses or condensed weekend courses.
3. Maintaining the Certification:
There are Continuing Education Credits (CMU’s) that need to be earned in order to continue with your medical billing certification. You need 15 continuous education credits per year in case of CMRS certification and 12 Continuing Education Credits per year for CMBS certification. These credits can be earned by attending the conferences conducted and approved by the associations, taking approves courses in medical billing and participating in approved developmental and leadership workshop, seminar and program in medical billing and administration.
Once you have the certification in hand, you can start to work as medical biller at a doctor’s office on successful completion. This certification can help you to excel in what you start of and keep on developing your knowledge in the organization and techniques used in medical billing. The continuous development that you get through the CMUs gives a continuous update of the health industry making you a success in your profession.