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Medical Billing Clerk

   

Medical Billing Clerks are responsible for compiling and maintaining records of charges for goods and services rendered at any health care facility. Once they calculate the total amount due from a patient, they must prepare invoices to be sent out and ensure prompt payment. Another major responsibility for a medical billing clerks is to contact insurance companies to determine what goods and services will be reimbursed and for how much. Most medical billing clerks use sophisticated computer programs that allow them to calculate charges and print bills in one step. These programs also serve as a safety net because the biller has to verify the information that is entered and correct any errors before the bill is printed and sent to the patient. Other responsibilities may include handling follow-up questions from patients, resolving discrepancies or errors, and ensuring that all billing and accounting records are kept in a safe place. Billing clerks may work part-time or full-time, as well as evenings and weekends depending on the type of employment. Individuals interested in medical billing must be highly organized, pay close attention to details, have good analytical skills, and be able to work well under pressure.


Work Environment:

 

Medical billing clerks work in a variety of different health care settings. These include hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, insurance agencies, long-term care facilities, consulting firms, government agencies, and private industries.

High School Preparation:

 

Students interested in pursuing a career in medical billing should take high school courses in algebra, biology, computer skills, English, typing, data processing, and health occupations/medical professions education.

 

College Requirements:

 

Students interested in medical billing must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Many employers prefer individuals with at least some college course work in business and/or accounting. Formal certification or registration is not required to become a medical biller, but billing clerks may be required to complete continuing education in order to stay current with the newest computer programs that are used in this profession.

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Career Outlook:

 

The health services industry will continue to be the largest employer of billing professional. Employment opportunities for medical billing clerks are expected to grow modestly of the next decade. Growth for this sector will result from health care facilities putting greater emphasis on getting bills out faster and getting payment in quicker. Balancing out this growth will be more reliance on computer technology that will continue to simplify the billing process, and therefore require fewer billing clerks to handle the workload.
 

 

Salary:

 

Average Annual Salary

$25,300

 

Salary Range

$18,200 - $30,100

 

Professional Organizations:

 

The Medical Association of Billers

2701 N. Tenaya Way, Suite 190
Las Vegas, NV  89128

Phone: (702) 240-8519

Fax: (702) 243-0359

Web:

www.physicians

websites.com

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