A Medical Billing Clerk works in a medical office compiling and maintaining all the records associated with Medical-Billing. At each patient visit, every service provided triggers a specific charge. These are calculated, totaled, and an invoice is generated which must be sent out to the patient. The Medical-Billing Clerk prepares these charges, sends out invoices, and contacts insurance companies to determine which charges will be covered, and what amounts will be reimbursed.
These medical-billing claims specialists also provide answers to follow-up questions from patients, resolve any errors or discrepancies, and make sure all billing and accounting records are accurate. They may work part-time or full-time, as well as evenings and weekends depending on the job. People interested in being a medical billing clerk should be organized, pay close attention to detail, and have excellent analytical skills.
In addition to these duties, medical-billing clerks may perform a number of other administrative tasks, especially in a smaller medical office. These may include scheduling appointments, preparing and maintaining patient charts, payroll and related banking tasks. They may also perform many of the duties Medical Assistants perform (see our Medical Assistants page).
People interested in medical billing should take high school courses in algebra, biology, computer skills, English, typing, data processing, and health occupations/medical professions education. Candidates for Reimbursement Specialist type jobs such as a Medical-Billing Clerk must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Some college course work in business and/or accounting is often preferred by employers. Formal certification is not required to become a medical-billing clerk, although a person employed in such a Claims Processing job may be required to complete training in order to stay current with the latest computer programs used for billing.
Medical Billing Clerks are in the fast-growing healthcare industry. The need for qualified medical reimbursement specialists will experience faster than average growth over the next several years for a number of reasons, not the least of which is new health care legislation at the federal level.
Medical Reimbursement Specialists, including Medical Billing Clerks, who have had a few years of experience working in a healthcare setting may decide to open their own Medical Billing Business. The option of doing Work From Home Medical Billing is attractive to many people--the ability to be your own boss coupled with the increased earnings potential make this a sought after career. See our separate section on a Billing Home Business for more information.
The average annual salary of a Medical-Billing Clerk is $25,300. Salaries typically range from $18,200 to $30,100 depending on the area of the country, years of experience, and the medical specialty you are in.
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