In a message dated 9/29/98, 6:23:42 PM, MedicalBillers@onelist.com
<<Hello, Jo An and all
<<I am new to the medicalbillers list. I have a few questions. Perhaps
some one on the list can answer my questions.>>
Welcome Kaye. It is good to have you on the list and I also hope you will
enjoy your new profession!
<<I have no previous billing experience but will be getting into this
Do you have any medical background? Medical Terminology? Anatomy?
<<I would like to know what software you recomend?>>
Have you visited my web page yet? I have a few links on it to some easy to
use software. There is many many programs out there. What state are you in?
You must remember...try to get a program that is local. This way when there
is problems...and you know murphys law.....you will have a low cost way to get
help. It is also easier for someone to come out and assist you.
<<I know there are a lot of scams out there and would be interested to know
what to watch out for.>>
BE CAREFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MAKE SURE YOU CAN TALK TO OTHERS THAT USE THEIR
I have just started checking into some of these programs....it is scarry! I
have also spoken to some local consumers. I would be happy to converse with
you by private email if you would like. My advice is TRUST but Verify.
<<Can this course be taught by the softeware? >>
I know billers that do not have a medical background. I am a two year cert
Medical Assistant. I have never practiced but felt it would give me a
advantage in the billing field...it has helped greatly. I feel you need a
good anatomy course...and medical terminology to start with. My first would
be medical terminology. A working knowledge of a physicians office is also
helpful. You will need to familiarize yourself with ICD9CM Diagnosis Coding
and CPT (Medical Procedure) Coding Manuals. This is where the medical
terminology comes in handy. There is many abbrev. for med terms used in the
practices. There is publications out there to help you out. Such as MI
(Myocardical Infarct) CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) etc. Many physicians
use this...OOPS! Once again I am rambling on....forgive me...;-)
<< How hard will it be to learn at home? >>
Do we have any individuals that have taught themselves at home on the list?
I will do some research locally to see how many are self taught from the
ground up. I will get back to you!
<< How much should this software.>>
I have seen software from 300.00 to 25,000+. It all depends on what you want.
The more functions the product does ..the more expensive it is. There is so
very much to consider when purchasing a program. I know some that are
cheap...but everytime you sign on a new doctor to bill for you must repurchase
the program. I know of some that have constant electronic transmission
problems. Some you can only print with dot matrix printers etc etc. I am in
the State of Michigan...we have a state form we are using for
medicaid.....this presents a problem for out of state software packages. Some
do not have any support for local forms...then you must type them out...I hate
typing them out :-). <<<<<Lazy! :-) I could go on for hours and hours
just about the problems I have encountered and the support and lack of support
<<I would appreciate any information you could give me on this.>>
Welcome once again...please keep us informed on your search for billing