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Is It Difficult to Learn Medical Billing & Coding?
Posted: October 31, 2017
Is medical billing & coding hard? That’s the kind of question you might ask as you consider this healthcare career. It can be super scary to try something new, especially if it’s unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. But like most things that seem like a challenge at first, it may be worth it in the end. Here’s what you’ll want to know about learning Medical Billing & Coding:
You won’t get thrown into the deep end all at once. A good career training program in medical billing and coding will start with the basics. You’ll learn what you need to know about anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology so you can build a foundation for a career in healthcare. Those building blocks will help you form a more complete knowledge of the human body, how it works, and the healthcare systems that support it.
Technology is user friendly. Today’s billing & coding software isn’t meant to trip you up while you’re learning or working. It’s designed to help you do an important job as easily and efficiently as possible. It covers billing & coding, but also important healthcare technology concerns like integration and security.
You can use your codebook. There are literally thousands of codes involved in medical billing & coding so it’s easy to understand why you might find the idea of working with them all a little intimidating. But unlike those middle school tests where you memorized a bunch of facts you might never use again, many codes will be used over and over and over. And what’s even better, you get to use your book! Codebooks with official coding rules and guidelines will be your handy reference whenever you have a question.
You’ll learn a lot that just makes a lot of sense. To become a Medical Billing & Coding Specialist, you need to understand some basics of healthcare administration. Patient privacy is super important so you’ll need to know about HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), the law that makes certain everyone abides by the same rules to protect patient confidentiality. There are also rules about Electronic Health Records you’ll need to obey. But most of the regulations are designed to help you do what you probably already want to do: help patients.
Your program should give you experience. Don’t you learn more by doing than just by listening to a lecture? Any good Billing & Coding program will give you hands-on training. The best will include an externship where you get to observe and practice what you’ve learned in a real world setting. What a great way to put your knowledge to immediate work!
If you’d like to learn more about what Medical Billing & Coding is all about, give us a call at
Career Quest Learning Center in Jackson at 877-365-8144 or Lansing at 877-481-4930 to have your questions answered. See just how easy a first step to a new career could be.