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General Category => General Questions => Topic started by: MJ on October 23, 2008, 12:20:05 PM

Title: Certification
Post by: MJ on October 23, 2008, 12:20:05 PM
I would like to get my certification as a Medical Biller/Reimbursement Specialist.  Can you advise me of a good online certification course?  I have been a biller for many years, but I would like to get certified.
Title: Re: Certification
Post by: MDO VN on October 26, 2008, 11:53:26 AM
me too. I have been working in billing field for 5 years (just learn via some peers and from mistakes) but no certification yet :( Can you suggest any courses?
Title: Re: Certification
Post by: Alice Scott on October 26, 2008, 06:03:47 PM
Hi Kristy and MJ,

I was hoping someone who had experience in getting certified in coding would answer this question.  I haven't taken either course myself, but I would try either or

Title: Re: Certification
Post by: MDO VN on October 27, 2008, 12:09:44 AM
Dear Alice,

Thank you for your reply. Actually, I'm not a biller yet, I have been completing some parts of billing process for 5 years

    * patient data entry and charge into software
    * posting of patient and insurance payments
    * insurance claim follow up calls (claim status checker)

Sometimes I'm doing my tasks like a machine, I don't create claims, submit claims and don't understand all the meanings of denied reasons. (I'm not in USA)

But now I'm going to take full charge of 2 practices: family practice and anaesthetic practice, so I would like to learn everything from the beginning with basic knowledges of Medical Billing.

Thanks for your helps,
Title: Re: Certification
Post by: lhough on October 30, 2008, 12:40:59 AM
You would be doing yourself a big favor by going to  I just completed their course and like you I did some of the tasks but I never understand deductibles and copays and never did any actual filing of claims.  Now I completely understand the process and it is not as scary as I thought it would be.  I am getting ready to start the task of writing a business plan so I can move forward with starting my own medical billing business.  I completed the course a few weeks ago and received a certificate with honors.  I also just completed the course for Understanding HIPAA and should be getting my certificate shortly for that as well.

There is actually no such thing as a "certified medical biller" as of yet so you really do not need any schooling to begin as a medical biller, but it sure helps.  Now to be a Medical Coder there is a certification process for that in order to work in that field.  Me personally, I did not want to learn all the medical terminology, anatomy, etc.  I did that to become a medical transcriptionist but I have never actually typed any medical reports other than what I learned in the course.  I am a transcriptionist, but I work in the behavioral mental health field.  That will also be my speciality in the beginning when I begin my business since that is the field I am familiar with.

Hope this helps, and good luck!
Lesley :)
Title: Re: Certification
Post by: MJ on October 30, 2008, 10:26:15 AM
In doing a bit more research, it was recommended that I go to the website of "Medical Association of Billers".  They actually have a "Certified Medical Billing Specialist" course.  They also have sample questions that are on the test.  And, you can opt out of actually taking the course if you feel you can pass the test on your experience alone and apply for a "test out" where you just take the test.  It's true you do not have to be certified to do medical billing, but I would sure like that extra effort of getting certified noted on my resume.
Title: Re: Certification
Post by: lhough on October 31, 2008, 08:58:56 PM
I agree with getting the certificate, that is why I did as well.  That sounds really good what you found, if you can just take the test to get certified that is great!  I on the other hand probably wouldn't have passed or barely without taking the course simply because I never actually did any billing where I worked but I knew enough of the "prep" meaning making sure that all the patient demographics and insurance info was accurate, copays, ded., etc.  The course answered a lot of questions I had before.

Good luck and let me know how that works out for you.

Lesley :)