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Posted on January 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Medical billing is a good option for those looking to build a career in the healthcare industry. In this job, people get to work within the field, but they do not have to deal directly with patients. It is a great job to have, especially for those who have solid organizational skills.

Here are the steps involved in becoming a medical billing specialist.

First,you need to get a degree or certification. Employers expect applicants to have a basic knowledge of the medical billing process. Although a degree is not required, it is still an ideal way to get a good understanding on how medical procedures work. If that route is not taken, people can earn a certificate instead. These certificates will show employers that extensive training has already taken place. There are numerous places that award these, which include academic institutions.

If you‘«÷re opting for a certificate program, do make sure it is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CHAIIM). You‘«÷ll need to take an exam at the end of the course to be certified. A score that is passing is required before any certification will be awarded.

If you‘«÷re not careful about the program you choose and opt for an unrecognized one, you‘«÷ll not be permitted to take the American Health Information Management Association exam. You need to pass this exam to be a registered health information technician ‘«Ű quite an important criterion when you embark on that job hunt..

Another way to get a foot in the door is to work as a secretary in a medical office. You‘«÷ll gain relevant work experience, learn about the medical field you‘«÷re in and understand what takes place in the administrative setting.

After general training, medical billing specialists can expand their horizons by specializing in a particular field. For instance, you can choose to specialize in cancer management. Typically, specialty programs will take two years to complete. This option will lead to better pay and more valuable opportunities, including supervisory positions

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