What is an EOB?

Explanation-of-Benefits form

Medical Billers and Coders along with all Medical Insurance Specialists know what an EOB is. Actually, you probably do too! An EOB is an Explanation of Benefits, that piece of paper you receive from your insurance company after paying a visit to a health care provider. To the layman, EOB’s may as well be written in a language only understood by Martians as they can be quite confusing to the general population, and this is why as a Medical Insurance Specialist you will receive numerous calls from patients asking for an explanation of the explanation!   One of the many..

Continuing Education in the Medical Field

Continuing Education Online Student

Most careers in the medical field today require continuing education hours. This means once you start on your career path, you will continue to attend workshops, seminars and webinars in your field. Completion of continuing education hours is required by most licensures in the medical field including Medical Billing and Coding. The computer age has made fulfilling these requirements much easier and most can be accomplished from the comfort of your own home!   Requirements for these continuing education hours generally consist of a computer and internet access. Depending on your certification or license requirements, you may need to complete..

Working from home in Medical Billing and Coding

Medical billing employe working from home

Many medical billing and coding jobs today require you to be on site; however, it is possible in the field of Medical Billing and Coding to be able to work at least some of the time from home. Many businesses today have found that they can reduce overhead by having employees log in to their computers from their home-based office. It is usually required that you have a minimum of two years of experience in the field before employers consider you for this type of position, but it is definitely a possibility. The first step is to attend an accredited..

Health Insurance and Politics

Man preparing an health Insurance Claim Form

Most of us have at least heard of the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare”.  We may not understand all of the complexities of the program, but we probably are aware of some aspects that impact our own personal coverage and out of pocket expenses. In today’s world, politics has a long arm; it reaches just about every aspect of our daily living from the tax we pay on fuel every time we fill our tanks to the insurance card we carry in our wallet.   In the Medical Billing community, every election has special impact as it may..

Medical Billing and Coding Ethics

Medical Billing and Coding Ethics

What are ethics? What does the word mean when used in conjunction with a profession dealing with protected health information and millions of dollars annually? All those considering a career in the Medical Billing and Coding field should not only understand the term, but also live it. It is widely known that businesses and organizations that employ ethical practices in their every day dealings with the public are more likely to gain the trust and business of these same people. Ask yourself: wouldn’t you rather deal with a business that had a reputation of honesty and integrity? I know I..

Expected growth in Medical Billing and Coding Jobs

Female Medical Billing and Coding expert

Medical Billing and Coding is part of what the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) classifies as Medical Records and Health Information Technicians. According to BLS reports, the Bureau expects much faster than average growth. Demand for Health Information Technicians is expected to increase because of the rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments and procedures to be recorded. With an aging population, it only makes sense there will be an increase in contact with healthcare services. Of course, this growth will require trained technicians to enter demographics, process charges, and insure that the physicians are being properly..

Medical Billing Software

Working in Medical billing software

If you are interested in a Medical Billing and Coding career, you will undoubtedly be working with medical billing software. There are many companies today specializing in software for the medical practice. We at Northwest Career College have partnered with Collaborate MD to use its training version (Claim Gear) to enable our students to practice hands-on in scheduling, demographics, claim submission, payment posting and revenue reporting.   Collaborate MD was developed in 1999 and had processed over 43 Billion dollars in claims, and serviced over 19 Million patients. This hands-on experience using high tech software employed in so many facilities..

The Fear of ICD10


It has been eight months since the long anticipated implementation of ICD10. This is a word that put fear into the hearts of even the most seasoned medical billers and coders. ICD10 includes more than sixty-eight thousand codes compared to its predecessor ICD9 with its mere thirteen thousand codes. The Medical billing and coding program offered at Northwest Career College uses the latest medical coding curriculum offered, including training using ICD10.   The successful transition to ICD10 has been attributed to the preparedness of hospitals, physicians and insurers providing webinars, seminars and newsletters as well as with Career Colleges like..

Medical Billing Education Online


Northwest Career College offers online education for busy adults wishing to either brush up on current skills or venture in a whole new direction.   Deciding to take that step can be exciting, and filled with anxiety at the same time. At Northwest Career College, programs such as Medical Billing and Coding offer students the best of both worlds.   Northwest students not only have access to the latest educational materials online, they also use a simulated medical billing program which is currently used in many medical practices. This double-pronged approach enables the student to experience “hands on” training with..

What is Medical Billing and Coding?

What is Medical Billing and Coding

According to Wikipedia, Medical Billing and Coding is the process of submitting and following up on claims with various health insurance companies in order to receive payment for services rendered by a healthcare provider. The same process is used for most insurance companies, whether they are private companies or government sponsored programs.   Medical Billing and Coding is much like a challenge or puzzle that puts together pieces of a patient’s healthcare with their doctor and their insurance provider. This information should results in payment to the doctor or hospital on behalf of the patient. It’s just not as easy..