How To A Create Strong LinkedIn Profile For A Healthcare Worker

LinkedIn Profile For A Healthcare Worker

LinkedIn is an amazing tool for finding your dream healthcare position. Not only does it allow you to connect with thousands of potential employers, it also allows you to leverage your social network to find connections with those employers. The trick to using LinkedIn effectively is to make sure you optimize your profile, so that it highlights your strengths and abilities to prospective healthcare employers. To help you find your perfect healthcare position, we’ve put together some tips on how to strengthen your LinkedIn profile. Optimizing Your Profile Include a Photo: Your photo is the first part of your profile..


Working From Home As A Medical Biller And Coder

medical biller Working From Home

Medical billing and coding, by its very nature, is a career that is well suited to remote working. Much of the work of a medical biller and coder is largely performed on a computer workstation, using specific software, and does not require a fixed place of work. Proof of this can be seen in the number of companies who are adopting remote working practices or outsourcing their medical billing and coding needs overseas.   While pursuing your chosen career from the comfort of your own home might seem ideal, there are a few factors that need to be taken into..


What is Medical Billing and Coding?

Medical coding and billing

Medical billing and coding is a two part system that is a fundamental function of the modern healthcare system. By codifying medical treatments, healthcare providers can bill insurance companies or individuals for the services they perform. This process in known as the “reimbursement cycle.”   To make things simpler, let's split billing and coding into two seperate sections and explain what they are, and how they affect the larger healthcare systems, in a little more detail. What Is Medical Coding? At its simplest, medical coding is the practice of giving every injury, diagnosis, and medical procedure a numeric, or alphanumeric,..


Medical Ethics in Billing and Coding

Medical Ethics in billing and coding

Medical ethics is, or should be, on the minds of all of those providing or billing for medical services. For the medical biller, especially when choosing diagnostic or procedure codes, it is of the utmost importance to learn and follow the guidelines posted in the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision as well as in the Current Procedural Terminology reference material.   There are many edits in computer based programs today used by insurers to flag improperly billed claims. This can cause post-payment review audits, resulting in a practice having to repay thousands of dollars in improperly billed claims.  Using..


Distance Education versus Blended Programs

Full distance education program

If you are considering a new career path which is leading you to furthering your education, there are many options available today. Many colleges offer full distance education programs; these programs allow you to access all of your materials online and do not require you to be present on campus during your program. Although this option allows you the freedom to create your own schedule, it does not provide the ability to receive hands on, one-on-one help with an instructor or the college experience of fellowship with your classmates.   In blended programs such as the Medical Billing and Coding..


Medical Billing and Coding Certification

Medical-Billing-and-Coding-Certification

One important reason to attend an accredited Career College like Northwest is the nationally recognized certification exam you will sit for at the completion of your program. The National Healthcareer Association’s Certified Billing and Coding Specialist Certification communicates to prospective employers that you are serious about your career. The requirement for continuing education credits to maintain your certification tells them you will take it upon yourself to stay current in the field.   Many students ask if it is necessary to become certified in Medical Billing and Coding. Quite frankly, a certification is not mandatory to obtain an entry level..


Combination Codes in ICD10

Combination Codes in ICD10

When the switch to ICD10 (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision) occurred officially on October 1, 2015, many changes to the way coders have been assigning codes went into place. One of the changes is the addition of combination codes. A combination code is a single code used to classify two diagnoses, a diagnosis with an associated secondary process (manifestation) or a diagnosis with an associated complication.   In the ICD10 Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, combination codes are identified by referring to sub term entries in the alphabetic index and by reading the notes in the tabular list...


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..