What is Medical Billing?

Medical billing is the practice of submitting medical claims to the insurance companies that pay doctors and other health care providers for the services they provide patients. The process also involves medical coding, which assigns universal code numbers to all known medical conditions, diagnoses and procedures. Medical coding ensures that each condition and treatment appearing in a patient’s medical records is universally understandable to any doctor or insurance comany representative in the country. Without medical billing and coding professionals, the health care industry would not be able to function smoothly.

Medical Billing Schools and Education

Training in medical billing and coding is fast and highly focused, usually being completed in 12 to 24 months. Medical billing schools provide real-world skills and medical knowledge that graduates can apply directly to the work world. Common subjects taught in a medical billing class include:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy
  • Types of Health Insurance
  • Data Coding
  • Computer Science

More detailed information on medical billing training can be found on the training page.

Medical Billing Employment

Medical billing techs work in many settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Specialty clinics
  • Surgery centers
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Dental offices
  • Consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Insurance companies

For more detailed medical billing job information, see the medical billing careers page.