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PMRNC in Plattsburgh, New York

62 months ago

Stay at home medical billing mommy in Phoenix, Arizona said: You say it is a joke its not. Obviously you don't know what your doing for that career. I took the same class and it worked for me they lesson's taught you everything. I am stariting to work from home and I finished that class in January after having a baby, so it isn't a joke.

Those who claim this is a joke usually just don't know how to sell themselves. Not only are you selling yourself but your selling BENEFITS and if you are not prepared to get out there and market yourself and your services/benefits, you might as well not start a business. The same goes if your trying to find a job. Jobs will not come looking for you. it's up to you to sell yourself and if it's a position that requires experience to which you do not have you may find yourself in a position where you must take a lower entry-level job to get your feet wet. It takes TIME and PATIENCE for this business (whether you are looking for a job or starting a business)

Linda

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Jennifer in North Salt Lake, Utah

62 months ago

PMRNC in Plattsburgh, New York said: Your contract and just knowing what you are doing is NOT even remotely good reason for not having Errors & omissions insurance. We live in a time where anyone can sue anyone for anything. What that means is that EVEN if you do EVERYTHING right, in order to defend yourself you will need to be financially ABLE to defend yourself. I don't know about you but most medical billing companies don't have thousands of dollars sitting around just in case you need to hire a lawyer to defend yourself. Again, this doesn't matter who's right or wrong, it costs you money to even have to defend yourself, that's what E/O insurance is for.

Hi PMRNC,

My contract with doctors stated that they were responsible for all coding of services. We share the same web-based PM software and they billed every charge into the system. It was my job to collect on the charges once entered. If a claim had a coding issue it would go back to the doctor or front office for review and they would update accordingly. Therefore I did not need E&O insurance since it was the doctor's responsibility to code his services.

So, if a patient were to sue it would be the doctor and not my business. As I stated before my contract protected me.

Have a beautiful day!
Jennifer

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monical in Saint Louis, Missouri

61 months ago

I would like to know what is a medical claim review specialist what job title is this
exactly and what classes can i take to get this training.

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luv2bead in San Clemente, California

61 months ago

Cyndeew in Sulphur, Oklahoma said: Danalee:

MediSoft is NOT something you need to be concerned about. It is a program that many billers used to utilize for claims processing, but that was before there were a lot of choices. In the past several years, there have become a lot more effective programs available and many MediSoft users are no longer using that program as they have switched to something that better meets their needs either financially or practically.

Have you actually review the Better Business Bureau reports for these companies? That's something you really should do as a matter of research.

Good luck to you.

Cyndee Weston
American Medical Billing Association
www.ambanet.net/AMBA.htm

Dear Cyndee,

I'm curious as to what AMBA can offer me. Do doctors that are looking for a billing service advertise with AMBA? I have thought about joining but not sure if it would be worth the money.

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Cyndeew in Sulphur, Oklahoma

61 months ago

We do have physicians and other healthcare providers that contact us looking for a biller on a regular basis. We try to match them up with a biller that meets their needs. If the provider doesn't have any specific criteria, we post the ad on our private forum for everyone to see. But what is an even better benefit is that we list member webpages and often, providers contact our members directly. Some members have signed 8-10 clients off of their AMBA listing. If that's the only benefit you're interested in, then you probably shouldn't join AMBA.

We have a host of other benefits unlike other association in this industry that just have a newsletter and a forum. We have discounts on several industry related products/services, E&O insurance availability, networking opportunities, webinars, seminars and conferences and much more.

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monical in Saint Louis, Missouri

61 months ago

that would be the only benefit that I am interested in is trying to get a contract with a doctor

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cookie1234 in Hollywood, Florida

61 months ago

power for a purpose in Franklin, Tennessee said: I have a very lucrative home based business that is very exciting. It is in the medical field. If I can help, please contact me for further information.

16 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN MEDICAL BILLING AND COLLECTING FOR MULTI-SPECIALTY PRACTICES ALSO SOME CONSULTING WANT TO WORK FROM HOME.

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constance callaway in Baltimore, Maryland

61 months ago

im new to the medical billing specialist field. im soon to be finished with school. just 5 lessons to go. my gade point average is 98%. im anxious to land a job asap. i really enjoy processing claims this is very fun and im very good at it. is there anyone out there know of a or any companies i can apply to. i look forward to working from home. can someone direct me to the right agencies and or companies to process claims. thank you,constance

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BAZGHA MAJID in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

61 months ago

HI

I MANAGE MY HUSBAND OFFICE HE IS A DOCTOR , MEDICAL BILLING IS VERY HARD FOR I HAVE TWO BILLER AND HOW CAN I KEEP ALL RECORDS THAT NOT BEING PAID FROM INSURANCE COMPANY

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mommyworking in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

61 months ago

i have worked in the health insurance industry for 25 years and am looking to work from my home. all these medical billing schools and stuff do not work. there are major federal and state laws for privacy that everyone has to go by. if i am in the business and can not find a job then guess what.....you can not either. do not waste your money or time!

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PMRNC in Plattsburgh, New York

61 months ago

mommyworking in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania said: i have worked in the health insurance industry for 25 years and am looking to work from my home. all these medical billing schools and stuff do not work. there are major federal and state laws for privacy that everyone has to go by. if i am in the business and can not find a job then guess what.....you can not either. do not waste your money or time!

That is not completely true. If you are looking for a "JOB" working from home, yes you will not find anything. However if you should decide to start your own business you have an advantage with your years of experience, and there is MORE opportunity for medical billing and practice management companies with all that is going on in the industry. So while those that are wanting "employment" vs. Starting a business, they will have a tougher time.

Linda Walker
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FJames in Chino, California

60 months ago

monical in De Soto, Missouri said: I just started my medical billing business from home and I am having the hardest time trying to get a doctor to sign up did you work in the field before you got started please give me some tips on how to get a doctor I am trying to find networking groups to join but i do not know which ones to join

Marketing your medical billing business is hard because the most of us are not used to selling ourselves. You get good at it overtime but that doesn't mean you can't give yourself a good head-start by reading what other medical billing business owners are doing to secure new clients to add to the profitability of their home based medical billing business.

Here are the resources that helped me get over my fears and made me the confident deal closer I am today (they have been mentioned here before you may not have taken the time to search through all the posts):

12 Medical Billing Marketing Strategies = This ebook gives you 12 proven
marketing strategies to sell and market your new home based medical billing
business (it includes phone scripts, letters, and other resources) =
www.urlfreeze.com/medbill/How_To_Market_A_Medical_Billing_Business_Book/

Secrets to Signing up Your First Doctor = Everything you need to know before you
step foot into the first doctors office = www.urlfreeze.com/medbill/How_To_Sign_Your_First_Doctor/

As for where to network I took the liberty of copying the following from the Home Based Medical Billing Beginners Book that I purchased some time ago and the author was kind enough to supply this information making it easy for me to reach out and contact fellow medical billers and business owners.

Since there is not enough room remaining to add the networking info I will do an additional post to follow.

Felicia
medicalbillingbooks.tripod.com/

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SAHM in Kalamazoo, Michigan

59 months ago

Shay in Vandalia, Ohio said: US Career Institute is a joke, Went there and NO JOB in the Medical Billing field. I work
in A Nursing Home. Please that is a waste of money and time.

You must not be trying hard enough to get a job in that field then. I had a job with in two days of completing the course and happily work from home.

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SAHM in Kalamazoo, Michigan

59 months ago

SAHM in Kalamazoo, Michigan said: You must not be trying hard enough to get a job in that field then. I had a job with in two days of completing the course and happily work from home.

I even went through the US Career Institute! and they have a A+ rating through the BBB

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weiler in Las Vegas, Nevada

59 months ago

also try PuremedicaljobsDotCOM ! gl

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ashli in San Antonio, Texas

53 months ago

Stay at home medical billing mommy in Phoenix, Arizona said: You say it is a joke its not. Obviously you don't know what your doing for that career. I took the same class and it worked for me they lesson's taught you everything. I am stariting to work from home and I finished that class in January after having a baby, so it isn't a joke.

i am looking into starting careeer institute hae 2 kids and wana work from home. can u email me and let me know how it is going for u, working from home. thank ashli gomezashli@yahoo.com

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none of your business in Dayton, Ohio

53 months ago

Stay at home medical billing mommy in Phoenix, Arizona said: You say it is a joke its not. Obviously you don't know what your doing for that career. I took the same class and it worked for me they lesson's taught you everything. I am stariting to work from home and I finished that class in January after having a baby, so it isn't a joke.[/QUOT

Yes I do know what I am doing. I went elsewhere and now I have a job so please stay at home mommy get your facts straight!

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none of your business in Dayton, Ohio

53 months ago

SAHM in Kalamazoo, Michigan said: I even went through the US Career Institute! and they have a A+ rating through the BBB

Good for freaking you.. I hate that place and I went elsewhere and I have a job now. I have my certifications and I have a job, US career Inst didn't do that for me!

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valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

53 months ago

SAHM in Kalamazoo, Michigan said: You must not be trying hard enough to get a job in that field then. I had a job with in two days of completing the course and happily work from home.

must admit, I don't believe this story at all. I have been in this field for 4 years, and
a) i don't believe you found a coding job at home
b)IF you did, and it was a scam and now you are too embarrassed to admit, so you put down others to make yourself feel better for it.

no LEGIT coding company hires someone right out of school, with NO experience, to work from home.

nope, don't believe this story for one minute.

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aplus in Rowland Heights, California

48 months ago

I am starting my own Dental Insurance Billing Service, Im wondering if anyone has any information on any other dental billing service around that can point me in the right direction.

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alison kilgore in Apex, North Carolina

47 months ago

BAZGHA MAJID in Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: HI

I MANAGE MY HUSBAND OFFICE HE IS A DOCTOR , MEDICAL BILLING IS VERY HARD FOR I HAVE TWO BILLER AND HOW CAN I KEEP ALL RECORDS THAT NOT BEING PAID FROM INSURANCE COMPANY

you can scan them into a pdf file and store them on your computer all our Eob's and stored for at least years then we archieve.

If you have any questions please contact me. Also why are your claims being denied and has someone worked the denied claims for you

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alison kilgore in Apex, North Carolina

47 months ago

Its funny I started my own medical billing company called t.e.a.m.Medical Billing services,
Marketing my business has been easy With all the new changes out there happening you have to keep up with all the changes going on. That what i have been doing I have been looking over all the new ICD-10 that is coming into place. All the new trends With Medical Billing you have to stay on top of things.
I am thinking of taking a course in dental billing

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momm2500 in Havertown, Pennsylvania

47 months ago

if you do them electronically-billing; you will have a print out every time you send them. so you will have a record. you can scan all the eob's or just add them to a patients chart.

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Busykid508 in Kerrville, Texas

45 months ago

That is not exactly true. I have been in the profession of medical billing and coding for over 25 years and I work for several clinics, private practices and hospitals. I know of 10 convicted felons who work in these various medical practices in billing and coding and have done so for years. In fact two of these convicted felons were in insurance fraud and they are excellent workers.

So, I will have to disagree with you about your assessment of convicted felons.

Cyndeew in Sulphur, Oklahoma said: Unfortunately, I don't know of any doctor that would turn over their billing to you.

As a part of a biller's compliance plan that is required to detect and prevent fraud and abuse, employers and providers are supposed to check anyone that works for them to see if they have been excluded from submitting claims to the Medicare and Medicaid program and to pre-screen employees as a reasonable step to implement in your compliance plan. Best practices would exclude you as a convicted felon.

I do think that you might get away without disclosing this fact to some extent, but this is something that would likely come back to haunt you and the providers you were to work with. You definitely would not be eligible for errors & omissions insurance, which you would want to have.

I don't think it is realistic to believe you could own and operate a professional and successful billing business or be hired to work in a provider or billing office with your background. I know this is probably not a popular answer, but it's an honest one.

Good luck to you.

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seeking career change in Kalamazoo, Michigan

44 months ago

I am stating my research in the medical billing and coding field. i would love to be able to work from home. I am a person who is very skeptical and I just want to make sure I am making the right decision. I currently work for the state as a case worker so i deal alot with medicare and medicaid so i understand alot about those two. But my biggest concern is what happens after i complete the course at us career institute. I am living in michigan so if anyone is in this area i would also like to know salary wise how things are going for you. I just want to make sure i will be able to find work. If anyone has any advice or ideas for me, please email me or comment. I would like to hear from as many people as possible to help me with my decision. Thank you.

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Fam Perez in Morgan, Utah

44 months ago

Shay in Vandalia, Ohio said: US Career Institute is a joke, Went there and NO JOB in the Medical Billing field. I work
in A Nursing Home. Please that is a waste of money and time.

Well, I study there, and now Im earnign 25 dollars per hour.It took me about 4 months to recieve my certificate. So well, if that is a joke for you, im laughing a lot.

Thanks!!!

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KC in Little Rock, Arkansas

44 months ago

Hey all! I'm trying to break into starting my own home based medical billing buisness. Any suggestions on how to start networking??? I would love to get actual email address & contact info from anyone I can really get some help with on this.I have about 10 years experience in medical claim services.Including claim denial/appeal processes, claims adjudication.Dealing with Commercial, 3rd party insurance and State specific/Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement procedures.Also the revenue cycle procedures.I'm sitting for the the CPC in July (SO keep your fingers crossed*)
SERIOUS FEEDBACK PLEASE!! Thanks!

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Grink in MA & FL

42 months ago

KC in Little Rock, Arkansas said: Hey all! I'm trying to break into starting my own home based medical billing buisness. Any suggestions on how to start networking??? I would love to get actual email address & contact info from anyone I can really get some help with on this.I have about 10 years experience in medical claim services.Including claim denial/appeal processes, claims adjudication.Dealing with Commercial, 3rd party insurance and State specific/Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement procedures.Also the revenue cycle procedures.I'm sitting for the the CPC in July (SO keep your fingers crossed*)
SERIOUS FEEDBACK PLEASE!! Thanks!

Hay KC in Little Rock,
I want to be on that list of networking, I plan to be going for the certification in August or sooner. I'm in between states so I need an internet business. I've had several years of business exp with finances, taxes, insurance, a few other arenas. So, I'm up for it. I'll keep looking on the blog, but keep me in mind if you would.Thanks

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shane-savannah in Miami, Florida

42 months ago

can anyone help me I starting a home course in medical billing spcialist with uscareer institute, i am alittle afraid that after completion I will not be able to find a job. I want to work from home but does that mean I have open my own business or can I work at home via a company or agency? Not sure I want to do this course if I will not get to work at home. any and all information is appriciated.

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Camiyaw07 in Nashville, Tennessee

38 months ago

Hi

AUDREY in Austin, Texas said: DOES ANYONE HAVE A ROUGH FIGURE/PERCENTAGE OF THE NUMBER OF PHYSCIANS WHO OUTSOURCE THEIR MEDICAL BILLING? I AM INTERESTED IN STARTING MY OWN HOME BASED MEDICAL BILLING BUSINESS AND AM TRYING TO COVER ALL MY BASES!

Hi email me at camiyaw07@yahoo.com I am interested in started my own medical billing and coding business maybe we can partner or work together and help each other out

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brown55 in Satellite Provider

38 months ago

cindy in Cheshire, Connecticut said: you could email www.uscareerinstitute.com . they have a nice medical billing specialist course with low monthly payments and plenty of support for you. i only have 2 more months and im done:)

Yes they have a WONDERFUL program! I recently graduated and it was perfect for me. I am 9 months pregnant and wanted to be able to be a stay at home mom and work from home as well. My husband and I are both thrilled :) I wish you the best of luck!

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a plus dental billing in Pomona, California

37 months ago

Hello just want to have some feed back on the Billing Business, does anyone do Dental Billing from home?

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alison kilgore in Wendell, North Carolina

37 months ago

I AM LOOKING INTO DOING DENTAL BILLING ALONG WITH MY MEDICAL BILLING BUSINESS

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Rita Ohio

37 months ago

Shay in Vandalia, Ohio said: US Career Institute is a joke, Went there and NO JOB in the Medical Billing field. I work
in A Nursing Home. Please that is a waste of money and time.

I went there also. I graduated with high marks my GPA 96. I did the whole Claims and billing Specialist program that included the office management. I wanted to work from home. This was July 13, 2006. I still can't find a job I have sent out a hundred resumes and nothing. I have applied at all the local places that I know to apply. I feel the same way it was a waste of my time and money.

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Rita Ohio

37 months ago

What I am finding out is that you have to have 2 years of in field experience before you can do the billing at home but it's kinda hard to get the in field experience if you can't get a job in the field. No medical facility will let you have their billing account if you don't have the work experience.It doesn't matter if you went to college and graduated with top grades they want to know that you are going to do the billing correctly and get them their money.

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Rita Ohio

37 months ago

I love the ppl @ US Career Institute. All of the ppl that I dealt with plus my instructor were great and helpful. I just can't land a job, but I don't think I can blame it on the school. The problem that I have been running into is the places that I have applied to and the ones that have responded back to me tell me that I am over qualified! why? because I have the office management degree and they aren't looking for a billing office manager.

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Samantha H in Cody, Nebraska

35 months ago

Shay in Vandalia, Ohio said: US Career Institute is a joke, Went there and NO JOB in the Medical Billing field. I work
in A Nursing Home. Please that is a waste of money and time.

I finished that course with top grades and have had no help what-so-ever with helping find a job or even resources on anything! I wish that I would have done a little more research on it before signing up. Now I have monthly payments that we can't afford, I don't get my "certificate" until all the payments are made, and I can't get a job anywhere. Beware US Career Institute!!

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kim todd in Austin, Texas

30 months ago

AUDREY in Austin, Texas said: THANK YOU SO MUCH- I WILL GET RIGHT ON THIS! I WILL BE LOOKING FOR AN INCOME OF ABT $3000/MO.- I ANTICIPATE A SLOW START UP- HOWEVER, SLOW AND "STEADY" WORKS FOR ME AT THIS TIME. WHAT HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED THUS FAR?

AUDREY

So do you have your business started up? We are looking for someone do do some credentialing for a small OT and PT business.

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Alison Kilgore in Raleigh, North Carolina

30 months ago

Hi there we are a Medical Billing Company in North Carolina we are BBB Accredited business if you are looking for anyone to do Credentialing Please check our Website out www.teammedicalbilling.com

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jackie in Sulphur Springs, Texas

29 months ago

I live in TX and what is a good online site to get certified for med billing?

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Kirk in Bend, Oregon

29 months ago

Hi Jackie, Have you looked at Medicalbillingcourse.com ?

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dcheatwood

28 months ago

Lorelys in Miami, Florida said: I am single mom that wants to spend more time with my kids. I work to pay daycare and well want to do something from work but don't know how or where to start. Can someone help???

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Mirta Tejeda in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

28 months ago

aplus in Rowland Heights, California said: I am starting my own Dental Insurance Billing Service, Im wondering if anyone has any information on any other dental billing service around that can point me in the right direction.

Hello Aplus,

I started my medical billing and transcription business a long time ago. In 2009 I decided to take my knowledge to the next level and got my medical coding credentials. In my quest to bring in more money for my business I decided to get off my butt in late 2010 and got trained in dental billing and coding. The training I received was well worth it as today (2012)I have several big dental practices that I freelance code for and also do their billing. I have other smaller dental accounts where I only do the billing so I suggest that you check them out as a starting point

Certified Online Dental Billing And Coding Course = bit.ly/K7TrnC

Mirta
The Medical Billing Home Business Bible
medicalbillingbooks.tripod.com/

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Shelby in Watervliet, New York

28 months ago

Terry in Grants Pass, Oregon said: Someone earlier said that the US Career Institute was a joke. Does anyone have an opinion on this or on other correspondence type courses. Who is the most reputable and who does the best job of preparing you for a medical coding and/or billing career?

It is not a joke I completed the Medical Claims and Billing COurse with them in one month. It is very helpful they mail you your certificate out which you have 12 months to complete. They also can you sell you all of your coding manuals and computer program to do billing from home. After you graduate there is a 26 weeks program you do for them to help you either get a office job or find a client to work from hom. If you dont get one of the two at the end of it they will refund you all of your tuition back. I love it they showed me how to do a business card, flyer , letter of introduction to potentional clients and everything. It is not a joke it's a real school and the teachers can be reached ask quick as a phone call or email away.

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PMRNC in Plattsburgh, New York

28 months ago

<<hey also can you sell you all of your coding manuals and computer program to do billing from home. <<

Be careful, because the reality is that doctors do NOT employee workers from home, especially ones fresh out of school, it costs them too much money and the liability is too great. Now if your looking to START your own business, that's a different story. This is not a business you walk out of school from and expect to make it. Jobs are hard to come by so if your looking for a job you will need to start out entry level, if you start a business it takes a lot of hard work and determination along with a good marketing plan to get that first client. To be honest, I've not heard of many good things about these correspondence schools/classes. Just be careful of what they are promising you.

Linda Walker
PMRNC - Practice Managers Resource & Networking Community
www.billerswebsite.com

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New to Medical Billing & Coding in Indianapolis, Indiana

28 months ago

Terry in Grants Pass, Oregon said: Someone earlier said that the US Career Institute was a joke. Does anyone have an opinion on this or on other correspondence type courses. Who is the most reputable and who does the best job of preparing you for a medical coding and/or billing career?

I actually finished Medical billing and coding from Us career. They are working with me on finding jobs, both at home and in an office setting. It is not their fault no one will hire me right away. I enjoyed the course, and I am looking forward to finishing my associates with Mckinley college though them. It's only a joke if you don't do the work, and don't want to find work (not for lazy people!). they never said you would have a job when you finished, but they did say they will help you get a job when you finished. Now, I am behind on my payments right now, but I won't be. Like any other education, just because you have a fancy certification or degree, does not mean you will have a job right off the bat!

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ineedincome2 in North Brunswick, New Jersey

28 months ago

Hi,

What kind of insurance does a work from home medical biller have to have?

Sorry new to the discussions..
I have been thinking about medical billing.. I'm not much of a typist though.. how important is speed?
Of course accuracy has to be perfect..

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PMRNC in Plattsburgh, New York

28 months ago

Ignore the previous post, if it were that easy, we'd all be freaking rich. When owning your own medical billing company you should have both business insurance which protects the physical equipment used in your home office and if you own a home or rent many times you can get a rider on your home owners insurance or renters insurance policy along with a discount. The other type of insurance is referred to as Errors and omissions, it's sort of malpractice insurance. While many billing companies will tell you they don't have it or don't need it, that tune changes if your ever legally challenged or audited. It can be costly and depending on the services you provide you will want to analyze your liabilities.

As for typing.. forget about it. Ignore the Ad's in the back of TV Guide that say you only need to know how to type 28 wpm. Typing has NOTHING to do with it, sure it's handy when you are typing up appeal letters or client letters, etc but it's NOT necessary and your speed has absolutely NOTHING to do with it.

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ineedincome2 in North Brunswick, New Jersey

28 months ago

Hi again..

How challenging is it to learn what a person really needs to know say on a scale of 1 being easiest to 10 being very difficult and challenging?

Also, is it required that medical biller also be an expert at medical coding as well?

Sorry for the basic questions..

Thanks so much in advance

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Cyndeew in Ada, Oklahoma

28 months ago

>>How challenging is it to learn what a person really needs to know say on a scale of 1 being easiest to 10 being very difficult and challenging?

Well, how successful do you want to be? In this business, there are abundant changes happening all the time and the education process never ends. If you want to be successful and credible, you should strive for a 10. You may never reach that level, but the more you know, the better biller you will be. It's not easy, but billers do it because the skill level needed to get claims paid increases regularly.

>>Also, is it required that medical biller also be an expert at medical coding as well?

You don't have to be an expert, but you need to know about coding, h0ow it works, how to look up a code and you need either code books or a coding software. Two years ago, I would have said you don't have to know that much, but having earned two coding certifications, I know I am a better biller for having done so. Billers aren't necessarily coders and coders aren't necessarily billers, but it helps to know about each in order to do a better job.

With all the auditing entities now (RAs, RACs, ZPICs, OIG, etc.) it is more important than ever that claims be submitted accurately and you understand how to determine whether or not your doctor is an outlier. Misuse of modifiers and codes, improper chart documentation and overpayments result in a lot of audits.

And now more than ever, proper use/access of private health information and security of that data is a factor that must be addressed.

One cannot simply buy software and start a billing business. You have many facets that you will have to address and then implement. But it is something that can be done - you just need to realize there is a lot more to this than some will tell you.

Cyndee Weston, CPC, CMC, CMRS
American Medical Billing Association
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