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    Whether you love the snow or can’t wait until the warmer days of spring, this is a time of year when we all start to get a little stir-crazy, suggests Charlotte Evans. Winter was fun back in December but now the cold temperatures and extra layers of clothing are starting to feel a bit […]
  • Learning and Communicative Strategies March 6, 2012
    Introduction Communicative strategies are systematic techniques employed by a speaker to express his meaning when faced with some difficulty and the difficulty here refers to the speaker’s inadequate command of the language used in the interaction (Faerch & Kasper, 1983:16). On the other hand, the term learning strategies has been defined as “the higher- […]
  • Optimizing Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) March 6, 2012
    Technology transforms virtually all human pursuits, notes Michael G. Hines. In the field of education, the use of audiovisual aids, computers, and telecommunication devices has radically altered classroom dynamics. For ESL and TFL practitioners, the possibilities being opened up by technology are highly promising, with the currently accepted practices alread […]
  • Confessions of a term paper buyer March 5, 2012
    If your student has made the decision to enlist term paper help, then the next rung of the ladder is to establish a dependable and expert term paper writing company from the myriad alternatives accessible online. So, how do our students go about this? One of my students agreed to talk… strictly off the […]
  • Selling textbooks after you’ve finished using them? Here’s some advice February 28, 2012
    These days, being a student is in many ways more demanding than ever. In other ways, though, those attending university have never had it better. The advent of the internet has brought a wealth of information to the modern learner’s fingertips. The advent of sites like Wikipedia has made conducting research and building up […]
  • Want to employ the best teachers? Test them! February 22, 2012
    Are you looking for new teachers? Make sure you do into the process with a clear strategy for how you ensure you end up with the best candidate. Employee assessment tests are extremely important in enabling you as a recruiter of teachers to be able to make measured and well-informed decisions about the type […]
  • Online learning: Do you have the right personality? February 13, 2012
    Research has shown that online learning is better suited to people who are verbally oriented, rather than those who have visual or kinesthetic skills. For this reason, notes Jonathan Ginsburg, whether or not a student is successful in an e-learning course can depend considerably on their personality and their learning type. Before taking an […]
  • Alternative careers: Operations management February 13, 2012
    Tired of the hoi polloi of everyday life as a language teacher? Why not train to become an operations manager instead? An mba in healthcare management is an absolutely indispensable industry qualification which enables those who take it to hone their decision making abilities. The importance of a healthcare mba In today’s bloodthirsty world, […]
  • Can we use dreams to teach English? January 11, 2012
    Dogme ELT is rooted in the experiences of the learner and what they bring with them to the classroom. Our unconscious mind regularly sends us communication in the form of dreams: it is an advantage to understand the meaning of these messages. As our subconscious sends us only constructive information about our existence, it […]

What Can You Expect From Working in a Medical Billing & Coding Environment?

Remember the last time you were in a medical facility waiting room? While you waited, did you notice your surroundings: the staff, the other patients, the lighting and the décor? Did you feel relaxed or tense, apprehensive or reassured by the atmosphere in the facility?

Chances are you felt all those things to some extent. Now imagine that you are behind the desk or working in one of the exam rooms. Working in a hospital means that you will be in constant contact with people who might be frightened or in pain. At the same time, you will be aware that you are there to help them through a stressful situation and that can make the work tremendously rewarding. A high level of energy and purpose are part of the everyday atmosphere in a medical environment, and most jobs involve a certain amount of inherent stress.

One medical job that offers the sense of accomplishment, but involves a lower level of hands-on patient contact is the job of being a medical billing & coding professional. This important job is on the front lines of patient records – the written documents that contain patients’ contact information, histories, diagnoses and treatment. The accuracy and clarity of these records has a direct impact on patient care and hospital billing practices; it’s a vital part of the facility’s effectiveness and economic well-being. Medical billing & coding professionals are highly trained, often at an academic institution. They are expected to pay close attention to the details of patient records, have a high standard for the accuracy of their data and understand how the medical specifics in each document fit into the needs of patients and medical staff.

The job of a medical billing & coding expert starts when he or she receives the notes, written by doctors or other medical staff, which result from a doctor’s visit. This information will constitute the beginning of a patient record or will be added to an existing record. This document includes patient contact information and also details of the doctor’s medical findings or diagnoses and any treatments the doctor has suggested. Professionals in the medical billing & coding department will review the information, confirm it with medical staff as needed, and translate it into a form of code that is easily and quickly understood by the insurance companies who receive this coded information. Becoming expert in this highly complex medical coding is an important part of a medical billing and coding career. ¹

What distinguishes a medical billing & coding clerk from a true professional in the field is the accuracy and timeliness of the final product and the coder’s ability to understand the nuances and importance of their work. Accuracy and speed are easily understood elements, but what does it mean to understand the importance of medical billing & coding?

Patients and medical systems both depend upon a smooth and effective flow of communication as a patient moves through this challenging experience. Highly technical and complicated records need to be simplified and streamlined in order to keep patients and staff informed and knowledgeable at every step of the process. Medical billing & coding professionals are the people who keep vital medical information flowing, in support of patients and medical staff.




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