Chhoda Shares New Information About Making a Career As a Billing and Coding Specialist

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Medical billing and coding careers in the healthcare industry are growing rapidly. EMR expert and licensed physical therapist, Nitin Chhoda, has released new information on these challenging tasks that will help people become an expert.

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Certified specialists command a higher salary, leading many practitioners to embark on a path of do-it-yourself services without the benefit of the expertise that a specialist brings to the job.

“Certified medical billing and coding specialists receive extensive training. But it is essential that they receive training in EMR software as well. Healthcare facilities are required to implement an EMR by 2014 and the new generation of coding experts must be ready to work with the software and meet the challenges involved,” said Chhoda

He added that the average practice will generate approximately 450 reimbursement claims each year that must be coded correctly to ensure it’s not contested, rejected or denied by insurance providers.

Chhoda noted that these billing and coding specialists are responsible for determining proper coding, along with a wide variety of additional tasks. Those people who are seeking employment as a coding and billing specialist will need appropriate education, a range of skills, and having the ability to perform specific tasks accurately, such as the following:

  • Keen for details
  • Above average knowledge of medical terminology
  • Education and certification from an institution
  • Computer literate and familiarity with EMR systems
  • Knowledgeable with universal diagnosis and service codes
  • Recognize the importance of practice patient privacy and confidentiality
  • Skills to track and monitor the billing cycle of each patient
  • Ability to handle collections when needed
  • Awareness of insurance company claim and reimbursement protocols and regulations
  • Knowledgeable in preparing and submitting claims electronically
  • Knows the importance of verifying insurance coverage;
  • Answer patient questions about billing and their insurance coverage.

Electronic medical record systems are changing the way clinicians conduct business and the technology is assisting in the evolution of coding and billing careers through the need for advanced data management skills. Certified specialists command a higher salary, leading many practitioners to embark on a path of do-it-yourself services without the benefit of the expertise that a specialist brings to the job.

Chhoda said that with the many abilities of an EMR, including automated physical therapy documentation, specialists are well worth the money and will actually increase a clinic’s revenues. Changing rules, regulations and requirements within the insurance industry can be confusing and lead to a loss of revenue for clinics without an EMR and a billing and coding specialist. Chhoda’s new information provides critical data and additional insight for those who wish to pursue the demanding and fulfilling career of a billing and coding specialist.
Chhoda’s office can be reached by phone at 201-535-4475. For more information, visit the website at

About Nitin Chhoda
Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT is a licensed physical therapist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an entrepreneur. He is the author of "Physical Therapy Marketing For The New Economy" and "Marketing for Physical Therapy Clinics" and is a prolific speaker, writer and creator of products and systems to streamline medical billing and coding, electronic medical records, health care practice management and marketing to increase referrals. He has been featured in numerous industry magazines, major radio and broadcast media, and is the founder of Referral Ignition training systems and the annual Private Practice Summit. Chhoda speaks extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Asia. He is also the creator of the Therapy Newsletter and Clinical Contact, both web-based services to help private practices improve communication with patients, delivery better quality of care and boost patient retention.

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