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ISBN-13: 978-0071472203 ISBN-10: 0071472207 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Demystified
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (November 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071472207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071472203
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The CURE for your REIMBURSEMENT BLUES

Ever wonder how physicians and hospitals get paid? Thinking about a career as a medical insurance specialist? Find out what it takes to succeed in this challenging field -- even if you don't have formal training, unlimited time, and a genius IQ. Medical Billing and Coding Demystified offers an effective and enlightening way to learn how this complex system works.

This handy resource clearly explains the practices used by medical offices, hospitals, and healthcare facilities to encode medical services in order to receive payment from government agencies and insurance companies. You'll learn about the ethical and legal aspects of medical billing, and how to navigate insurance plans and the insurance claim cycle, including disputes. Featuring end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam, this illuminating guide explains the complexities of medical billing and coding in no time at all.

This self-paced guide gives you:

  • An easy way to understand how to code medical bills for payment
  • An overview of medical billing software
  • Proven strategies for finding a job in the healthcare industry
  • A quiz at the end of each chapter to reinforce learning and pinpoint weaknesses
  • A final exam at the end of the book
  • No unnecessary technical jargon
  • A time-saving approach to performing better on an exam at at work

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Medical Billing and Coding Demystified is your shortcut to becoming an integral part of any healthcare team.

About the Author

Marilyn Burgos teaches medical billing and coding at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Donya Johnson is a Fairleigh Dickinson University faculty member, where she teaches classes in medical billing and coding.

Jim Keogh is on the faculty of Columbia University and is the coauthor of Microbiology Demystified and Pharmacology Demystified.


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This book is not a good book for medical billing start ups.
Accountant
They are all written in very easy to understand terms, and are well worth the investment.
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It wasn't so bad you couldn't understand it, but it got a bit annoying.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Byrne on April 10, 2007
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Perahaps 30 pages of the book have anything to do with medical billing or coding. The rest of the book presents a summary of everything from telephone etiquette to the duties of the office manager. This is really more of a sloppily written introduction to running the front end of a medical practice than it is a serious introduction to medical billing and coding. As such the book is really only of value to someone thinking of pursuing a job in medical practice management and just wants to get an idea of what it's all about. It's of little value for anyone actually trying to figure out how medical billing and coding actually works.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Adam on September 18, 2007
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"Medical Billing and Coding Demystified" provides a very high-level introduction to the namesake industry. I was disappointed that the first 80 pages of the book provide no information about billing nor coding, opting rather to provide a background of the entire healthcare industry that, as a whole, is only useful to the reader if he/she has never been to a doctor in the United States. Given that the book has fewer than 200 pages of informative text, I argue that the book is fundamentally mis-titled.

The book is also poorly edited, missing various commas and hyphens that would enhance readability, not to mention the authors' collective credibility. In one instance, the word "loose" is used where the word "lose" is the intention. These types of errors may seem trivial, but I prefer that my professional refrences be more polished than this one appears to be.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Terry on January 7, 2008
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I have to agree with other reviewers who said this book was poorly edited. How this work could get past the proofreaders is beyond me! Perhaps they were in a hurry to get it published....That said, I did find this book very useful as I am considering a career in this area and really knew very little about what I'd be getting myself into. If you know a lot about the field already but want some detailed instruction on how to do coding, this book is NOT for you. After reading it, I have only a general idea of how it's done but couldn't code the common cold to save my life! However, if you're wondering what a medical biller and coder does, why this type of work is essential, and how the biller/coder fits into the big picture with insurance companies, healthcare providers, and patients, then I'd recommend this book. Even with my frustrations with all the errors, I still do not regret purchasing this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 2, 2008
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I'll admit I was turned off in the first few pages of the book with a section that characterized medical insurance as a "game" and all-but accused medical insurers of deliberately delaying claims payment in order to make money, using an example that doesn't make any fiscal sense anyway.

Clearly, the authors have the "insurance is big business screwing the little people" agenda. Thus this book is not useful to anyone actually looking for a balanced or in-depth view of the medical reimbursement industry.

But for someone who's looking for a general introduction to medical office practice as seen from the eyes of the "little man" doctor, this is not a bad first choice. The roles of the various players in the office are correctly explained except for the frequent incorrect use of "medical insurance specialist." Clearly, the book is intended to build up those who feel that billing clerks are at the bottom of the office pecking order -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing either.

Anyone who thinks, however, that the book's little coding exam is actually all there is to coding is badly mistaken. The book also has a considerable paucity of information for those wanting to take the next steps.

I can't recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Katie on January 14, 2008
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This book was disappointing for a college level reference. Perhaps better as a basic introduction, but not demystifying as promised.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Nankov on October 21, 2009
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I found this book put together well. If you are interested in a career of Medical Billing and Coding, this book is for you. It was easy to understand. I worked in the Central Business Office in my area that supported many hospitals and various health organizations. I wanted to learn more about the billing and coding side. This book helped me to get a preview of what I will be learning when my actual classes begin in a few months.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Allen on April 30, 2008
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I have worked with collections for 15 years.
After reading this book I have a complete understanding of the billing proccess from start to finsh. Also very good information on how the doctor's office's work. In clear english. Thank you for the resorce.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 16, 2012
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I'm giving this book 3 stars because yes, there were quite a few grammatical errors that in this day of publishing should never slip through. It wasn't so bad you couldn't understand it, but it got a bit annoying. Also, it never went into very much detail on any particular topic. On the plus side, it gives a great overview of what's involved in a medical billing/coding job on average. Since I was considering school for this, I wanted to research the job more to figure out if its something I was really interested in. In that respect, the book was pretty great. I enrolled in online classes yesterday and I'm already familiarized with the terminology of the job, so its not looking quite so much like Greek anymore.
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