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Topic Originator: Admin
Post Date March 16, 2005 @ 3:57 PM
Good read before Starting a Billing Course


Admin
March 16, 2005 @ 3:57 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

Medical Biller Quiz

Below is a list of questions to help you determine if medical billing is right for you. The purpose of this exercise to provide some insight as to the attributes needed to succeed.  This quiz is provided for reflective purposes only. It should not be the sole determining factor in deciding if this is the business for you.

1. Do you enjoy working alone and can you work independently? Home-based employment offers wonderful flexibility, but it is not for everyone. If you prefer the camaraderie of working in an office, if going to your company's Christmas party is something you will greatly miss, you might want to rethink home-based employment.

A. Very much (give yourself 50 points)

B. Occasionally (give yourself 30 points)

C. Not at all (subtract 50 points)

2. Have you worked as a medical biller in a physician's office?

A. Yes (give yourself 100 points and skip to question 4)

3. Have you worked in the medical field in some capacity? Having some prior knowledge of the medical field is always helpful, although not necessary for success as a medical biller.

A. Yes (give yourself  50 points)

4. Do you like working with numbers and have some knowledge of bookkeeping or accounting? Medical billing involves working with patient accounts and being able to balance those accounts. There is excellent billing software available to expedite this task, but you will still be responsible for making sure the information is accurate.

A. Very much (give yourself 50 points)

B. Occasionally (give yourself 30 points)

C. Not at all (subtract 50 points)

5. Do you have a persistent personality, even when faced with rejection or disappointments?  It can take time to sign on your first client. The good news is once you have a client, unless you provide poor service, you will retain that client for the life of your business.

A. Very much (give yourself 50 points)

B. Occasionally (give yourself 30 points)

C. Not at all (subtract 50 points)

6. You do not take the word "NO" for an answer. Insurance companies are in the business of making money.  Every time they deny a claim, they make money for their company. It's up to you, as the biller, to make sure they pay the claims you submit on behalf of your clients.  It will take persistence (and a few tricks of the trade we can teach you!).

A. Very much (give yourself 50 points)

B. Occasionally (give yourself 30 points)

C. Not at all (subtract 50 points)

7. Do you feel comfortable dealing with doctors? You will be interacting with your clients on a regular basis. It is important to have a good working relationship.

A. Very much (give yourself 50 points)

B. Occasionally (give yourself 30 points)

C. Not at all (subtract 50 points)

8. Do you have the financial resources to sustain you for 6 months or more? You can startup your business for minimum cost, but you must be prepared it may take a while to get your first client.

A. Very much (give yourself 50 points)

B. Occasionally (give yourself 30 points)

C. Not at all (subtract 50 points)

9. Do you enjoy marketing and business development? It is important to know your business goals and to pursue those goals. You will need to market your billing services to the medical community and sign on accounts.

A. Very much (give yourself 50 points)

B. Occasionally (give yourself 30 points)

C. Not at all (subtract 50 points)

10. Do you enjoy repetitive tasks? You will be responsible for all aspects of your business including data entry, claims processing (mailing and electronic), reports analysis, patient accounting updates, etc. It's important you are able to complete all tasks required or enlist the aid of others to assist you.

A. Very much (give yourself 50 points)

B. Occasionally (give yourself 30 points)

C. Not at all (subtract 50 points)

11. Do you have computer knowledge or access to someone to help you? Because medical billing is all computer-based, it is imperative to have computer troubleshooting skills or access to someone who does.  

A. Very much (give yourself 50 points)

B. Occasionally (give yourself 30 points)

C. Not at all (subtract 50 points)

12. Do you have a support network? A successful business is built on networking and contacts.

A. Very much (give yourself 50 points)

B. Occasionally (give yourself 30 points)

C. Not at all (subtract 50 points)

Now, add up your score and compare it to below:

650- 500: Congratulations! You are very suited to medical billing!

480-330: With some training and support, you could be a successful medical biller.

300-200: You can start this business but maybe you should think if this is really for you.

150 & below: This business may not be for you. However, you want to consider taking a few basic billing and coding courses.

Pratmar
March 29, 2005 @ 10:35 AM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

I stumpled upon an article on the web about how to choose a medical billing course.  I found it at http://medicalbillingbook.tripod.com/id2.html

Pratmar Fyead



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