Here’s a medical billing certification question from one of our CCO’s Monthly Q&A Webinar attendees. Watch as Laureen Jandroep and Alicia Scott answers this question here. And to learn more about our online medical billing courses, certification and training, check out our Physician-Based Medical Billing program OR our Medical Coding and Billing bundled course only here at Certification Coaching Organization!
Q: Medical Billing Certification — How Can I Get Certified? [PBB] – “I want to get certified in the billing part, I have been doing it for years, can I just get that certification and not the doc or is it better to get both credentials?”
Alicia: I think she means don’t get the CPC, she doesn’t want to work as a coder maybe, but she wants to do just the billing.
Laureen: Yeah. You can get any credential you want, they’re independent of each other; however I do feel that coding is an essential part of billing and there’s just something that happens when you get certified in it that your confidence level goes up, but if you want to start with billing and maybe make it as a consideration for the future to get to coding –
Medical Billing Certification – How Can I Get Certified? Video
Alicia: I would say that it’s a little bit easier to get a billing job in the beginning than it is versus getting a coding job when you’re very new, depending on where you live, that makes a big difference, too, but coding pays more than billing. I would do one right after the other, just pick which one you want to do first. But those are two knowledge bases that I would definitely invest my time in.
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2 thoughts on “Medical Billing Certification – How Can I Get Certified?”
If I am making a total career change and do not have a background in healthcare, would it work to my advantage to get certified as medical biller and coder. I am currently taking the PBC Course. I keep seeing listings and posts on various forums indicating how difficult it can be to get a first job in medical coding without experience. It seems the suggested course of action is to get a front desk position which literally terrifies me. I have worked customer service for most of my career, and my last position just completely broke my spirit. I have a Master’s Degree in Training & Development, but never worked in that field and would really just prefer to work fairly quietly and autonomously. Am I deluded in thinking that a career in medical billing and coding can afford me this luxury?
No there are plenty of opportunities to work quietly and independently :) Some do go the route of taking a related job to get in the door but that is only one avenue. Right now Risk Adjustment is so in demand that employers are not averse to hiring newly certified coders. And a master’s degree in training and development – hmmmm – sounds interesting.