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ISBN-13: 978-1118021729 ISBN-10: 111802172X Edition: 1st
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The easy way to start a career in medical billing and coding

Medical Billing & Coding For Dummies gives you practical, easy-to-follow information and advice on what to expect in a billing and coding career, ways to find a training program, your certification options, ways to stay competitive in the field, and the laws and other regulations you'll encounter in your work. If you're looking to start a career in the popular field of medical billing and coding, this hands-on, friendly guide has you covered!

  • To bill or to code — find out what differentiates a medical coder from a medical biller and understand how the two function together working for doctors, hospitals, or insurance companies

  • The road to success — discover the most vital tidbits you need to know to succeed, from compliance and medical terminology to medical necessity and the payers of the game

  • Get certified — find a training program that prepares you for the certification exam and your career, and boost your credentials with some specialty certifications and continuing ed programs

  • Land the job — delve into the nitty-gritty details of the life of a medical biller/coder, from the claim filing process to resolving disputes and appealing claims that get denied

Open the book and find:

  • Advice on the type of job that's right for you

  • Plain-English explanations of medical jargon

  • The lowdown on the entire claims process

  • What to expect on the certification exams

  • Guidance on signing up and prepping for the exam

  • How you can prepare for the transition to ICD-10

  • Specialty certifications and professional organizations worth knowing

Learn to:

  • Find a training program that's right for you

  • Start your career in medical billing and coding

  • Stay competitive in the field

About the Author

Karen Smiley is a certified, multi-specialty coding expert in physician and outpatient reimbursement with an extensive background in commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid claims processing. She is currently a professional coder at an ambulatory surgery center that specializes in orthopedic coding.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111802172X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118021729
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Unknown on December 28, 2012
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This book gives detailed information about what you need to know in regard to coding and billing claims. There is information on how to get into the industry and what to expect. It however, does not provide information on how/what to bill when billing claims. Instead the underlying recommendation is that you obtain a certification in the area you are most interested.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By reviewer on December 28, 2012
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I was looking for basic information about medical coding. This book has that, but it also goes into some more detail in areas.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sybel Herring on August 16, 2013
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First, I want to thank Amazon for getting this book to me very quickly!

I have learned so much from this one book about billing and coding. If you are intimidated or have many questions about the basics of billing and coding this book is for you. I bought it just to make sure that it was what I really wanted to do as a career.

It really helped not only to explain what I will be doing in a variety of settings (such as a hospital, private physician's office, insurance company, clearinghouse, etc.) but it also listed tips for each one and how to survive an audit once you are already working in the field. It talks about how to handle problems that you may encounter with filing a claim, ethics, and disputes & appeals.

This book breaks down the different certifications and how to get them and details about the different associations that you should join (depending on what you want to specialize in). It talks about what initial courses you should take and everything about where you can get continuing education credits (CEU's).

I really cannot say enough about this book. I really would recommend this book to anyone who is considering becoming a medical biller &/or coder and wants to know the "ins" and "outs" of it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Brown on May 30, 2013
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A lot of people have misconceptions about the Billing and Coding field. This book describes everything you need to know down to last little important details. Loved it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nessie on August 28, 2013
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You can get most of all the information that is given in the book over the internet. I am a big google person and I found that I knew almost everything. There is no extra practice or help tips or hint to get your through a stuggling point when you are studying.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Henkel on August 10, 2013
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Very basic information. Information for someone considering a job in the billing and coding arena. Not for someone who wants to learn the terms and vocabulary of the job.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wolffe on November 5, 2012
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Just what I was looking for! The information is complete and I have no difficulty finding the topic I need.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Vinnie on September 25, 2012
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I now understand the involvement that a person must go through inorder to be a Medical Billing & Coding professional but the book was not what I expected. I didn't realize that inorder to understand Medical Billing & Coding one had to go back to school inorder to be able to be certified to do this work. I was looking to get a quick overview of the coding to get a better understanding of my own medical statements but a person really must be schooled on this to be able to do the job. The book was written very well but I now need to decide if I want to go back to school to start a third career, as I'm in my seventies.
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