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Topic Originator: Marina
Post Date September 6, 2006 @ 10:51 PM
Become a Nationally Certified Medical Biller through AMBA

September 6, 2006 @ 10:51 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?

Joe W
September 22, 2006 @ 7:36 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

I have seen this credential on my emails, but know of none.  I am a CPC working on my RHIT.  It seems that AHIMA and AAPC are the way to go.

September 22, 2006 @ 10:21 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

Thank a lot for the information.

November 25, 2006 @ 9:31 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

Hi again Marina,

I took the AMBA (American Medical Billinhg Association) Medical Reimbursement Specialist exam. It is a very indepth exam--700 some on question, split between 16 sections. It was tough, but I passed it.  As for your questions on if or how Physicians view the credential? I'm not even sure many know what is involved in taking and passing the exam. However, when I mentioned and then spoke about it, all it covered, the Doc I work for, office manager, and other medical professional in the building were quite impressed. The AMBA is not unheard of by physicians I speak with, however, again, most do not know what is on the exams, what it proves the Certified person really knows. I'd suggest if you take such an exam and to become Certified, try outlining what you have proven your knowledge in: as in your resume, or if able to speak personally with any physicians, etc. I'm beginning to believe we need to educate them somewhat on what is involved in our education and continued education and studies  to be sucessful at helping them thrive in their practices.

I believe AMBA is an Excellant organization to take your exam through. Furthermore, when you are completed with their exam, you might be surprised how much more you learned through searching for the answers. The exam is tough, but it's a well rounded exam.

Sort of funny, but I became Certified last year and other then when I'm sending Appeals to Insurance Companies, I still forget to sign with my credentials, especially on any posts I make.

I took the exam just in case I have a Doc ask me what credentials I have! Although, I know there are many of us who could do the same good work for them without such expense taking exams.

Good Luck and Take Care.

Betsie, CCA, CMRS

November 26, 2006 @ 3:28 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

I think you might be right when you say" I'm beginning to believe we need to educate them somewhat on what is involved in our education and continued education and studies  to be sucessful at helping them thrive in their practices" . I am very new in the country, I live in a small town and I do not know enough about the American Healthcare Industry, but when I tell some healthcare pro I am a Medical Billing Specialist, they ask me" what is that?" Even the Career School with wich I took my medical billing course did not tell me they migh exist some medical billing associations... They only told me I could join AAPC or AHIMA. I think in some places they do not know much about this industry because it sounds like new? I found most of the informations about this industry by surfing the net... I ended up falling on this magazine and others amazing websites such as for AMBA and MAB, billerswebsite, synergy,, etc.. and I love them so much as I love this forum!

August 20, 2007 @ 10:27 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

i agree

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