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Topic Originator: Marina
Post Date September 6, 2006 @ 10:55 PM
Become a Nationally Certified Medical Biller through AMBA

September 6, 2006 @ 10:55 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

I am a Medical Claims and Billing Specialist since 2005 after having been trained by a Career School and I would like to start my own medical billing business. I will like to begin my business but I am worried by the fact I could not find any client because they won't believe me able to do the work. There are so much schools, programs and courses about the medical billing career now and it is difficult to know which one is credible to healthcare providers.
Do you think that a certificate for example through an entity as AMBA( American Medical Billing association) worth at that point? does anyone have already experience dealing with this kind of certificate and which effect it could have on physicians? Which are other credibles entities which delivers this kind of certification?

Mindi Rothans, CPC, CDC, CDPMA
September 13, 2006 @ 5:14 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

I wrote an article in the BC Advantage on Certification in the April/May 2006 issue. You might want consider subscribing to the magazine.

The articel read, in short, CMS publised a manual recognizing the  CPC (Certificed Professional Coder)given  by AAPC, the CCS-P (Certified Coding Specialist-Physician) given by AHIMA and the CMC (Certified Medical Coder) given by PMI as examples of coding certification programs that could be utilized to fulfill its coding certfiication requirement of Medicare Contractors.

In this coders opinion these are the only credentials worth spending the money on for medical, for dental the only one is the CDC (Certified Dental Coder) offered by the ADCA.

September 13, 2006 @ 6:54 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

As far as certification for billing and not coding, I am currently sitting for the CMRS exam with AMBA.

I can't say if it will help me snag clients or not yet but I am hoping it will help. I have been in business for 7 years now and am in a position where I need to start marketing again, so I wanted to take the opportunity to get certified. It certainly won't hurt! :)

Also, the MAB offers certification for billers.

Sandra Burton, CMRS
September 13, 2006 @ 9:59 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

I hold a CMRS certificate. I can say it has helped me in so many ways, I live on the West coast so many physicians are not real familiar with the CMRS as they are CPC, CCS and RHIT certificates. But they will ask what it is and you can educate them on what it is you can do as well as what your education has done for you. I highly recommend taking it. Not only will you then hold a wonderful credential, you will be able to discuss and network with other highly trained professionals in the field. As for starting your own business, you will need experience to back you and good timing. It is not easy landing your first client, but once you do and show them what you can do, the others will soon follow. Best of luck!!!

Sandra Burton, CMRS

Steve Verno
September 19, 2006 @ 11:13 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

I am a Certified Medical Billing Specialist (CMBS) Instructor with the Medical Association of Billers.  The MAB is an internationally recognized medical billing training and certifying organization.  The MAB has been involved with training and certification for more than 10 years.  The courses and certification are certified by the Committee for Post Secondary Education and are also recognized by AHIMA and the AAPC.  The MAB has conducted training in coding and billing in the Phillippines, Guam, Japan, Costa Rica and Panama.  

The MAB also has a free, on-line forum to assist the coder, biller and physician with their coding and billing questions.  The forum has been around at it's current location at
and we have had more than 3,000,000 visitors with more than 44,000 questions asked and answered.  On the forum, we have appeals and forms for free.  If you need a specialty appeal, we can help with that as well, for free.  

We do have some simple rules:
No sales posts.  The forum is a helping location, not to sell someone's business.
Respect each other.  We don't allow flaming or slandering of anyone.
No personal or business links.  The only links we allow is to show an article, law or rule that supports our answer.
We do have a help wanted section for the small biller or coder to let doctors know they are looking for work or for doctors to find coders and billers.

The MAB also supports the BC Coding Forum, and BC magazine.  Last, the Federal Trade Commission recognized the MAB as a coding and billing organization to come to to help with investigating the medical billing scams that hurt others.

September 20, 2006 @ 1:00 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

Thanks a lot for the important information you give to me, I have just visited the Web site of Medical Association of Billers and the CMBS Certificate and I think it goes. I also plan to become a certified coder through AAPC. Thanks again.

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