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Medical Billers and Coders: An Integral Part of the Healthcare Industry

The Behind-The-Scenes Medical Professionals

Doctors and nurses often receive most of the attention in healthcare, but behind the scenes, many other professionals work hard to provide the best patient experience possible. Medical billers and coders are particularly important, and yet, few people understand the crucial role they play.

My friend Monica over at Carrington College made an infographic that I found very interesting and wanted to share with you all. She points out that medical billers and coders do their part to ensure that physicians and other healthcare professionals can pay attention to providing care rather than stress about insurance payments.

Medical Billing vs Medical Coding Infographic

Simplifying the Payment Process

Without medical billers and coders, the payment process would be far less efficient. Their efforts allow doctors to concentrate on treatment and patients to focus on recovery.

Medical billers and coders make payments easier to understand. Coders translate each diagnosis and treatment to one of over 140,000 ICD-10 codes. Billers then use this code to create an appropriate medical bill.

Billers and coders ought to receive a lot of credit for making the healthcare system work. They are an integral part of the healthcare industry, and their services help both doctors and patients.

So are you a coder or a medical biller? I would love to know.  Leave me a comment below.

 

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16 thoughts on “Medical Billers and Coders: An Integral Part of the Healthcare Industry”

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    Thank you for writing this article. The outcome is that they want to know how much it will cost to take care of you through the years. It is the hardest job that use to be the most fulfilling job. Now there is so much to do, the days of just coding are long gone, now you have to recreate the wheel and turn your patient into something that numbers paint their entire picture. Family health , Financial, Every single thing that has shaped you to who you are, is now a code. Think about it. Your weight, how you eat, can you afford to eat, do you live alone, do you have any vices, are you around people with vices, do you have sex, do you have more than one partner, is your partner a he or a she, can we talk all that are involved in your care, I understand it is suppose to help your outcome, but there must be an easier way. And to answer your question, they really have no idea what you do as a coder or biller.

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    I highly appreciate your in-depth explanation abut how medical coding is pretty much essential to ease the way we pay for the service and prescriptions we receive through simplified codes. My nephew is keen on working in the medical field once he’s graduated from high school next year but he’s more interested to work on the technical aspect of it. I’ll ask him to take a closer look into this matter so he can get some proper guidance pretty soon.

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    This is a very purposeful and useful information one should have. The in formation provided above can be seen in only some articles like this. I personally thank the article writer for writing such knowledgeable information with all of us. thank you.

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    Angela Waterford

    It was interesting to learn about medical billers and how they make the payment process much more efficient which helps the medical professionals to focus on their practice instead of worrying about payment arrangements. I didn’t previously know that this kind of job exists, but in hindsight, I would agree that they are an integral part of the healthcare system. I wonder if emergency medical services also outsource their billing system since some of them aren’t part of a hospital or a major practice.

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    Michaela Hemsley

    Thanks for explaining that medical coders help translate your medical experience into specific codes. I think that having people who were good at that would help make sure that a medical practice could have fewer problems and would help it be more organized. Since that seems like a pretty important part of a medical practice, it would probably be smart to make sure to hire people who knew what they were doing so that everything would go smoothly in that area.

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    Medical systems are growing very fast nowadays. And Medical CRM Software can help to manage entire activities. And It will help you to manage patient data in one place. Everyone should read this blog. Thanks to Author for such a nice blog. keep posting…!

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    It is a well-crafted piece . It gave me information on how medical coders make work easy for other professionals. Thanks for sharing important information.

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    When it comes to medical billing, I didn’t know that there were certain codes in use when it comes to differentiating and identifying what the doctor had taken down so that the patients can be billed properly. Another thing that caught my eye is that these codes are also known by insurance companies so that they can compute the total cost of how much the medical services is, and if there’s any extra that would be shouldered by the patient. While I have no experience when it comes to this kind of thing, what I can say about the entire process is that it makes sense, coming from the standpoint of someone who relies on company-provided medical care a lot.

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    Employee Pooling

    Very informative post about the role of Medical Billers and Coders, they are the real player behind the scene!

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    When I bill a nurse visit with a b12 injection, why dont they pay on the nurse visit?

    99211-25
    J3420
    96372

    Thank you

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    Mr.Oliverez,

    Can the Advanced Care Planning CPT Code 99497 be used in a Skilled Nursing facility (SNF) set up?
    If so, can it be appended with modifier 33 for the following scenarios

    New admit to SNF – CPT 99305
    Subsequent Visit – CPT 99308/CPT 99309
    Annual visit – CPT 99318.

    if so how?

    any comments and suggestions

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