All medical billing and coding professionals use standardized classification systems to code the patient’s medical and care history. However, there are medical billing and coding professionals who specialize in specific areas of medicine and work as specialist coders and billers. To become a specialist medical billing and coding professional, you would require a certificate or degree in health information technology along with relevant qualification in the specialized field. Though the certification requirements do vary with the type of specialization, you will need a mix of academic and work experience to qualify as a specialist medical billing and coding professional.
Why would you choose to seek specialist certification in medical billing and coding? There are several good reasons with some of them listed below:
- Specialist doctors prefer to hire specialist medical billing and coding professionals.
- Specialization opens up new career opportunities for you.
- With a limited code to work with, your job gets more defined.
- Specialization makes you more valuable as an employee.
Cardiology billing is one of those specialized areas that require highly specialized skills, as cardiovascular billing is far more complex that general billing. A complex treatment with overlapping procedures, cardiology treatment has always been difficult to translate into foolproof insurance claims. Patient collections for cardiologists are more complicated, due to larger co-pays owed. Specialists in cardiology billing need to have a combined knowledge of cardiology procedures with specific cardiology coding and billing.
Medical billing and coding professionals who wish to specialize in dermatology billing are required to possess knowledge of dermatology procedures such as debridement, lesion excisions, Mohs micrographic surgery, flaps etc. Dermatology billing with its many terms and unique aspects such as sizing lesions and wounds makes it a specialized subject. Specialist coders need to be familiar with these aspects and the specific codes for dermatology procedures.
MedConverge Billing and Coding Services
With over two decades of experience in the healthcare revenue management domain, MedConverge offers specialized and customized medical billing and coding services to enhance your collectibles. MedConverge offers specialized billing and coding professionals in areas such as Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Otolaryngology, Rheumatology and Dermatology and more. Our team works with you to ensure that you receive the reimbursements that you deserve. Contact us at (800) 811-2103 x11 or e-mail us at [email protected] for more information.