Medical Billing: A look at the job

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February 25, 2016 | Aptus Associates

You knew going into the medical field would have you treating patients, making lives better. But that’s not all of your job description, at least if you’re running a practice. There’s plenty of paperwork involved in running a successful practice and billing is just one of the things that you need to worry about in that department. Is all of this documentation getting in the way of your ability to run your practice? It may seem that way but, of course that’s not the case. It’s actually making it easier. Here’s how.

First, let’s look at what a medical biller does. It’s pretty self-explanatory, actually. They handle the billing. They make sure that you, as a doctor, receive payment for your services, whether from the individual themselves or from an insurance company. They spend hours on the phone with the insurance company, type up bills and send them to patients, and ultimately handle all payments.

A medical biller should know much about the medical field while also understanding insurance and the claims process. In addition, a medical biller needs to be able to easily find, memorize, or know information about each insurance policy and how it applies to each patient. That may be easier when working in a small rural practice, where there are fewer clients with only a small number of insurance plans to comb through.

Once the bills have all been dispersed, there has to be a system in place for collection either from insurance or individuals paying their own bills.

In essence, your medical biller is the middle man between the insurance agent and you. They evaluate the services the patient received from you and collect the money from the services.

A medical biller is an essential role in a medical office. They help you as a doctor stay on task by handling much of the paperwork, giving you a chance to treat the patients as effectively and efficiently as possible. Luckily, we at Aptus Accociates LLC can help you with billing if you don’t have someone designated to do that.