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April 26, 2023

Become A Medical Coding and Billing Professional

by Pete Dulin

Medical Coding and Billing Professional certification available from MedCerts and UMKC TalentLink.

Do you have in interest in a healthcare career and possess these skills – active listening, attention to detail, and problem-solving? You could be a natural fit for a career in medical coding and billing.  

Medical Coding and Billing Professional Specialists serve an important role in the healthcare system.

What does a Professional Coder and Biller do?

In short, they help collect reimbursement for the care provided by doctors and other medical professionals.  A professional coder reviews clinical documentation and translates medical procedures, diagnosis, supplies, and services into codes. Those codes are submitted on a medical claim to payers for reimbursement. A coder serves a vital role in the financial wellbeing of their employer and indirectly influence patient outcomes through accurate medical coding.

A professional biller utilizes the codes assigned by the medical coder to process, submit, and track medical insurance claims. An individual with both medical coding and billing knowledge and training often fulfills both roles, assigning medical codes and processing healthcare insurance claims.

How Do I Become a Medical Coding and Billing Professional?

Hundreds of well-paying jobs are available at hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, telemedicine, and other healthcare employers in Kansas City and elsewhere. Medical Coding and Billing Specialists need knowledge of basic practices that can be obtained with training. Certification confirms your preparedness and credentials.

MedCerts’ Medical Coding and Billing Professional program trains students in 28-weeks (seven months, 448 instructional hours total) with instruction in four courses. You’ll study

  • Professionalism in Allied Health: A review of expectations and skills needed to support providers in the healthcare field
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology: An overview of the terms that students will need to work with healthcare documentation
  • Insurance and Billing, and Coding Essentials: An introduction to billing policies, claim submission and the medical revenue cycle
  • Medical Coding: A 224-hour course that helps students understand coding guidelines and apply them to medical documentation

Students in the program learn about the three most common coding systems – the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), and the current International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM).

During the seven-month Medical Coding and Billing Professional online program, students learn the three most common coding systems and other essential knowledge that can help them launch a career with healthcare employers.

What Skills Are Needed?

Your soft skills such as active listening, problem-solving, and organization will naturally help you excel. Students in this program learn to create and code medical bills. You’ll learn how to find the right information in a chart and choose the most appropriate code for each procedure or diagnosis.

As a medical biller, you’ll have the skills to create, submit, and track claims to insurance companies. Learning both skills help you to expand your earning capacity and provide value to a busy medical practice.

Become A Medical Coding and Billing Professional with training from MedCerts available through UMKC TalentLink.

Why Consider a Medical Billing and Coding Career?

Experts believe that over the next 10 years, the medical billing and coding industry will add 2.5 million new jobs. Qualified professionals in this industry can earn an average starting salary of $38,000 a year and work almost anywhere in the country.

How Do I Get Started?

Build a rewarding career in billing and coding with this dual-certification program. Learn more about what materials are covered by MedCerts and eligible certificates.

Learn more by requesting information from our partner at MedCerts.