Denelle Cruikshank in Las Vegas, Nevada said:
Billing is usually the claim follow up, calling insurances on denied claims, answering patient questions about bills, etc.
Coding is abstracting information from the patients chart or medical record and turning them into the codes for diagnosis and procedures that are accepted by insurance companies.
I am just a coder, have ZERO interest in dealing with patients or insurances, but that is me, not really a people person.
the easiest and cheapest route is a medical billing/coding certificate, they are usually about 8-10 months long and pretty much everyone offers it. the downside, is that you will probably have a hard time finding a job. since the market is kinda flooded with coders right now, most employers want 2-3 years of experience PLUS certification.
there are also degree programs in Health Information Management, you can get a 2 year or a 4 year degree. and then can sit for the RHIT or the RHIA certifications. i have been seeing a lot of employers looking for these certifications. it is a longer program, but it might yield better results.
definitely research both options, this is a great field and i love it, plus after you gain experience and certifications, you can make pretty good money. but, a quick search of indeed forums alone show that there are a lot of people trying to get into this field and are having some trouble.......