While the terms medical billing and medical coding are often used interchangeably, they actually refer to two very distinct but related practices. The key to understanding the different responsibilities associated with each practice is to know the different tasks associated with each role.
How are They Both Related?
Medical billers and medical coders both work together to keep a healthcare practice running smoothly. Because of the important roles both of these providers play, individuals are often highly trained and prepared for success on the job. Both roles are critically important to the healthcare practice, and if either of them is not performed correctly, the results can be very detrimental to both patients and the healthcare agency. The modern healthcare industry heavily relies on skilled and certified medical billers and coders to record and manage each patient’s healthcare billing account.
What Does a Medical Coder Do?
Medical coders are health professionals who analyze a patient’s records to figure out what procedures were performed by a doctor, nurse, surgeon or related healthcare professional. They closely analyze these procedures in order to assign the right procedure or diagnosis code for any services received by the patient. This is a very important process in order to ensure the correct procedures are being performed and the correct diagnoses are being given. Because of the important role medical coders have in the healthcare services industry, they are often relied upon to get more info about a patient’s medical history.
What Does a Medical Biller Do?
Medical billers are involved in entering these into data logs and processing insurance claims. They are responsible for making sure that every patient is not being billed incorrectly. Medical billers often use highly advanced billing software for this process, which allows inputting medical codes and insurance claims to be sent to the insurance company for payments to be made. Because medical billers deal directly with insurance companies, they are expected to have a thorough understanding of the claims process and all other requirements that must be submitted in order to process the claim. They are also responsible for making sure the correct information was submitted to the insurer and that the billing format, all corresponding fields, and any supplemental documents to support the claim were included in the reports.
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