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 company representative in the country.
Without medical billing and coding professionals, the health care industry would not be able to function smoothly. Explore the links below to learn more about the different careers in this complex field, including salary information and job descriptions for both billers and coders.
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Medical Billing & Coding Employment
Medical billing and coding professionals held over 179,500 jobs in 2010, according to the US Labor Bureau. Over 50% of them worked in doctors’ offices or hospitals, while most of the rest were employed by other health care practitioners. (See … Continue reading
Medical billers are one half of a complex system that comprises the communication structure between health care providers and insurance carriers (the other half being medical coders). Medical billers are responsible for passing information between the health provider and the … Continue reading
Medical Billing & Coding Salary
Salaries for medical billers and medical coders vary by region, as well as by industry, experience and education level. Fifty percent of medical billers and coders in the US earn approximately $32,350 annually, or $15.55 an hour. The highest-paid 10% … Continue reading
Medical coders provide the necessary translation of patients’ medical conditions and doctors’ treatments into a universal medical coding language, in order to facilitate the passing of information between health care facilities and the insurance operators that pay them. This ensures … Continue reading