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Sgradzki

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Interview Friday
« on: February 18, 2014, 03:02:43 PM »
Hi, I'm new to this forum. Beginning of 2008- end of 2009 I was a self-contracted biller for three small mental health practices. I took the billing course from US Career Institute and was lucky enough to obtain these providers right after I completed the course and work from home. The decision to part ways was mine. I've been a stay at home mom since.

Fast forward to today and I'm looking to get back into it. I had an interview at a big hospital but they didn't have any available positions (I got the interview through a friend). I guess they really liked me though because they've kept in touch with me and have been trying to find a position for me since the interview. They emailed me asking me to apply online for a billing rep III position. I did right away. I got a call yesterday from the assistant asking me to come in for an interview on Friday.

I'm assuming this interview will be more job specific. I downloaded a medical billing ebook to refresh my memory but I'm wondering what kind of questions I can expect at this interview. How has the healthcare reform affected the industry?  Any help would be appreciated, I really want this job and want to be as prepared as possible. Thanks!
« Last Edit: February 18, 2014, 03:13:54 PM by Sgradzki »

shanbull

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Re: Interview Friday
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2014, 03:35:36 PM »
I suggest you read about ICD-10, you don't have to memorize any codes, but you should know what the changes mean as far as billing for more specific conditions. As for health care reform, it's still too early to say a lot but the major changes are as follows:

- health insurance plans have minimum coverage requirements (e.g. all plans have to cover a specific set of things, from cancer to childbirth)
- out of pocket expenses are capped at $10,000 a year (or less if the plan specifies)
- yearly well woman/well child visits and preventive care (mammograms, colonoscopies) are not subject to any charges to insured patients, including co-pays, coinsurance or deductibles
- insurers may not ask anyone about pre-existing conditions or price based on pre-existing conditions (this first applied to children, now applies to everyone)
- discriminating based on gender is illegal (women no longer have to pay more just because they are women)
- children may stay on a parent's insurance plan until age 26
- lifetime limits on insurance coverage are illegal
- annual limits on insurance coverage will be illegal after 2014

Due to the expansion of Medicaid and the fact that pre-existing conditions are a thing of the past, expect to see more people who have not received preventive/primary care in a long time. This may create a bit of a bottleneck, although so far it hasn't had a huge effect on scheduling.


*EXCEPTION: the insurance industry managed to whine enough to get some junk insurance plans "grandfathered" even though they don't meet the minimum coverage requirements. Usually these plans are from unfamiliar payers (first tip-off would be you've never heard of the insurer) and are provided by employers too cheap to offer real insurance to their employees. There is also a loophole that allows for these plans as long as they are labeled "indemnity" plans.

Otherwise, I would also suggest you skim the CMS Medicare manual just to see how familiar it seems.


Good luck!
« Last Edit: February 18, 2014, 03:40:13 PM by shanbull »

Sgradzki

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Re: Interview Friday
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2014, 03:48:54 PM »
Thank you so much shanbull. That was very helpful!
« Last Edit: February 18, 2014, 06:10:27 PM by Sgradzki »

Merry

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Re: Interview Friday
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2014, 05:38:24 PM »
You just received some wonderful information. Good luck with your interview on Friday and please come back and let us know how it went.

Merry

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Re: Interview Friday
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2014, 06:18:18 PM »
... I'm wondering what kind of questions I can expect at this interview.

You should be able to get ahold of the job requirements for the billing rep III position you applied for.  I imagine they would have been in the job posting.  If you didn't see a job posting, perhaps your friend can help you get a job description for the position from Human Resources.  The questions will probably revolve around discovering whether and how much your skill set matches the requirements / duties listed in the job description.  Maybe you could also be put in touch with a current billing rep III by phone so that you can hear what the job actually entails - apart from what is stated in the job description.  What people really do on the job is sometimes different from what is stated in the job description.

Sgradzki

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Re: Interview Friday
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2014, 06:55:28 AM »
Thank you everyone!  This has been so helpful. I'm much more confident about the interview, now  :)

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Re: Interview Friday
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2014, 09:11:54 AM »
No additional advice to give since the others did such a great job but I wanted to wish you good luck on the interview!

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