What Do You Wear as a Medical Biller and Coder?
What is a medical biller/medical coder?
As a medical coder or medical biller, you will have top knowledge of insurance codes and billing. To fulfill a patient’s insurance claim, each process needs to be given a code. Codes are assigned to procedures and diagnoses and are then entered onto a system.
You are responsible for transferring medical information into code from. This information will be used for record keeping and insurance purposes. You will often need to be in contact with healthcare providers to make sure the proper coding is used.
You will need to have a firm grasp of the anatomy and physiology of the human body so you can recognize diagnoses and transfer them into code. It is common that you will receive certification to prove you have the relevant knowledge to do so.
What will I wear?
If you are working somewhere like a physician’s office, hospital or clinic it may be more likely that you would be required to wear scrubs.
If you are going to be seen in a clinical environment, the dress code may be stricter, and it is more likely that you will be required to wear a uniform.
But, most of what a medical coder or biller does is computer or phone based and in an office environment. So, if you are based in an office, out of the way of a medical situation, it is likely your dress code will be more casual.
Many employers of medical coders and billers operate a relatively informal dress code, and no uniform is required.
Can I work from home?
If course you would need the right access and the right security precautions would need to in place. But, as long as you have access to a high-speed internet connection, working from home as a medical biller is a definite option.
Medical billing and coding from home will increase your flexibility and will enable you to dictate your working hours. There are options to work as an independent contractor, or employed directly by a company. It can be contractual work, full-time work, and part time work.
How much will I earn?
As with any job, the salary will vary depending on who you work for and where you work. Currently, the average hourly wage is around $16 for a medical biller/coder.
Making the yearly medical coding and billing salary around $39,000. Some wages are a lot higher than this, and some are substantially lower; so, make sure you do your research.