Is Medical Billing and Processing Distracting You From Your Patients?

Written by Small Business Magazine on December 12th, 2013. Posted in Medical billing outsourcing, Medical billing software, Medical coding and billing

Advanced billing

Did you know that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical coding employs an estimated 179,500 Americans? Medical coding and billing can be extremely complicated, and often distracts doctors and physicians in small practices from diagnosing and treating patients. What exactly does a medical billing and coding specialist do, and how do small practices benefit from using third-party medical billing services?

What is a Medical Coder?

Most companies staff separate employees to handle medical coding and billing. Why? Medical coding often requires a stringent certification exam. Coders will translate doctors’ diagnosis and medical tasks to ICD-9 codes. The ICD-9 codes may be used to document patients’ medical history, determine insurance coverage or reimbursement, and ultimate