What Do You Like To Do?The field of medical billing has a number of givens. You’ll need to be aware of them and know that these are the kinds of things that you want to do. Getting the right job starts with your personality first. So, do you like:
- Data Entry
- Sifting through information
- Talking with clients
- Problem solving
EducationYou’ll need training and certification to engage in medical coding. The minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma or its equivalent. Additionally, you’ll need to be service minded. You’ll be coordinating between clients – doctor’s offices and patients. One way to get ready for such a role is to take a medical billing course. These are available at community colleges and even for free online. Another great idea is to go for a business certificate or a degree. These will help you a lot as you establish and run your own company.
CreditAs you’ll be dealing with the money of many people, it’s a great idea to have a clean credit score. This is its own subject, but the road to clean credit starts with smart spending habits and paying off your debts.
Target ClientsAs you consider who are the practitioners that you’d like to approach for business, think first about your network. If you’ve already worked in medical billing or healthcare, you have a built in pool of candidates who you can at least speak with for new leads, and at best solicit for business. Consider the following groups:
- Family practitioner
- Specialty providers such as pediatrics, obstetricians, geriatrics, oncologists, radiologists and osteopaths to name just some
- Mental Health practitioners – psychiatrists, psychologists
- Social Workers
- Home Health Care Doctors
- Nursing Homes
- Ambulance service companies
- Medical Equipment Makers