Alice asked me to jot down my thoughts for this month’s newsletter and I thought “I don’t have time to jot down my thoughts! I’m swamped.” But then I stopped to think “Why am I so swamped?” And that gives me the topic for my thoughts. Over the twenty years we have been in business we have heard one question above all others: “Is this a good time to get into Medical Billing?” The answer has always been “Yes!” but now I say it with even more enthusiasm.
Lately we have been receiving more calls than ever inquiring about our services or asking for help. Providers are being hit from all directions and they need help making sure they are not losing money. PQRS, EHR, Meaningful Use, low reimbursements, higher out of pocket costs, and the list goes on. It is more crucial than ever that providers make sure that the person handling their billing is doing a good job. Gone are the days when providers could afford to lose a little here and there (not that I ever understood those days anyway!). In order for a provider to stay afloat they need to make sure they are collecting all that they are entitled to. So when anyone asks us “Is this a good time to get into Medical Billing?” we say “Absolutely!”
The next question we get asked is “What do I need to do to get started?” That question cannot be answered in one sentence. It really depends on your background. Do you have any experience in medical billing? Are you looking for a career or do you want to start your own business? Do you have any experience in owning a business? The answers to those questions will determine your next step. Most people we come across have little or no experience in medical billing. If you have no experience you really need to learn medical billing even if you plan on starting a billing business and hiring others to do the work. You need to understand billing to know that they are doing everything right.
There are a lot of places that will tell you they will teach you all you need to know. The problem is many of them are extremely outdated and can be outrageously priced. Many are taught by people who have never done billing or who haven’t done billing in forever and they don’t really teach actual day to day billing. The billing field changes literally daily so it is so important that you are learning current billing and that whatever method you choose is up to date. Alice and I have written several books on medical billing but our books are for specific parts of the business and just can’t teach you what you need to know to actually do medical billing. So in 2013 we teamed up with Merry Schiff to create reasonably priced, current online medical billing classes. You can read more about them at: A Step Above Medical Billing Study Course.. So if you are considering a career in medical billing, Yes this is a Great time to get into it!