Have you been considering a career in medical billing? If so, it's helpful to understand exactly what medical billing is and how it impacts the overall process of healthcare. According to the AAPC, medical billing is the practice of reviewing a patient’s medical records and using information about their diagnoses and procedures to determine which procedures are billed, and who they are billed to.
Because the United States has a private healthcare system, as opposed to public healthcare systems found in countries like Canada or the U.K., insurance plays a pivotal role in how procedures are billed, making medical billing a vital part of the health system. In the medical billing process, a medical biller's responsibilities include everything from patient registration to the submission of claims and posting of payments.
In this article, we've provided a high-level outline of the medical billing process, a list of the medical biller's responsibilities and a short explanation of how medical billing differs from medical coding. You'll have the opportunity to learn about all of these topics and more as we explore the following sections: