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.
Denville, NJ (PRWEB) April 01, 2013
“Certified billing and coding specialists receive extensive training,” said Chhoda, “but it’s essential that they receive training in EMR software. 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.”
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 coding specialists are responsible for determining proper coding, along with a wide variety of additional tasks. Those seeking employment as a coding and billing specialist will need appropriate education, a range of skills, and the ability to perform specific tasks accurately, including:
- College education and certification;
- Working knowledge of medical terminology;
- Familiarity with universal diagnosis and service codes;
- Familiarity with computer and EMR systems;
- Understand and practice patient privacy and confidentiality;
- Ability to track and monitor the billing cycle of each patient;
- Handle collections when needed;
- Knowledge of insurance company claim and reimbursement protocols and regulations;
- Prepare and submit claims electronically;
- Verify insurance coverage;
- An eye for detail;
- Answer patient questions about billing and their insurance coverage.
EMR 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 even with the many abilities of an EMR, 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 http://www.emrnews.com.
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.