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Topic Originator: Linda C
Post Date October 10, 2006 @ 1:14 AM
A good online school...

Linda C
October 10, 2006 @ 1:14 AM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

I decided to take online course for medical billing & coding. However I would like to know if you guys can give me some feedback as far as schools and your experiences. I can be emailed at

Steve Verno
October 11, 2006 @ 4:47 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

There are many out there, so be careful.  Some are scams.  Some simply take your money, send you the lessons, and you end up wondering what the heck you are doing.  They don't respond to your e-mails and phone calls. With some, the instructor is not a medical biller and has no clue about what is taking place in the real world.  With some, they are nothing but a sales pitch for medical billing software.

So Caveat Emptor - Buyer beware.

Today, with all of the ads on TV and such, you are flooded with information about becoming a medical biller.  Before you plunk down your hard earned money, I wish to provide you with some fatherly advice, from someone who has been in the business for more than 32 years.

1)  Before you take a medical billing course, reasearch, research and research some more and I'm not talking about the course itself.  Research your area.  See how many providers and medical billing companies there are where you live.  Check the phone book, check the internet, check the yellow pages, anc check your local newspapers.  Understand that every doctor is already using someone to send their claims.  Go to the practices that interest you and ask them if they will hire you once you complete your training.  Let's face it, if they won't hire you now, what chances are there of being hired once you spend your money and complete your training?  This is where most people fail.  They fail to check things out ahead of time.  JW Marriott used to go to certain spots and check the location out with a counter to count how many cars pass by that area.  He did this before he opened a restaurant so that he knew that location was a success.  I've received e-mails from many people who have plunked down $1,000, $2,000, $3,000, $10,000 to $36,000 for a medical billing course and now they can't find a provider to hire them.  Now they have to make payments on their course and no way to pay it back.

2)  See how many specialties there are and pick one you want to go into because if you don't know the specialty, you can hurt yourself and your provider.  I received an e-mail the other day, "Steve, I know nothing about DME billing, can you tell me everything I need to know!"  This person is a timebomb for the provider that wants to hire them.  This person doesn't know the nuances of the specialty.  So, if this person gets the job and starts sending claims, the claims will be denied, the doctor will lose revenue, if the claim is sent to Medicare plan on an audit.  I know of one doctor in my area now unable to bill Medicare becayse the medical biller didn't know what they were doing with that specialty.  Medicare is going back and auditing this doctor's claims, looking for fraud or abuse and sending claims with errors, even unintentionally.  You see, the provider's signature signifies that the claim is correct and accurate.  Inaccurate information on a claim is deemed a false claim.  So, know where you want to specialize.

3)  Check out the course through the Better Business Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission and your State Consumer Protection Agency.  Look to see how many complaints have been made.  Get a list of former students in your area and ask them how they felt the course went.  Were they prepared to be a medical biller once they completed the course.  Was the course managers and teacher helpful and answered all of their questions.  Was the material sent to them current or outdated.  Was the course a sales pitch for medical billing software.

4)  Ask the course staff if you can have a return of your money if you aren't satisfied.  Look to see what they are teaching and compare the course curriculim to others that you have found to be reputable.  How much support will you receive during and after the course?  Does the course offer certification or do you have to pay extra for it.  Do they try and sell you on other things like marketing.  If so, what do they do other than give you a list of doctors in your area that don't send claims electronically or do they tell you that for extra money they will send you to a marketing company.  Do they make promises to you in word but not in writing?  How about books?  Are the ones they send you current?  Do you have to spend more to buy other books that are required to complete the course?

5)  Do NOT Take a course based on EZ payments. Remember the old addage, you get what you pay for and sometimes the most expensive course may not be the best.  There are courses for $500 that outbeat some that can cost $20,000.  Remember though, once you sign the dotted line, you have a legal and binding contract and if you don't make the payments, plan on being in court paying legal fees, court costs, and more.

6)  Medical Billers make an average wage.  Depending on where you are, most make from $6.50 to $10.00 per hour starting wages.  The work is hard and frustrating.  You want to get into medical billing so you can work at home taking care of your 3 children?  You need to devote 110% of your time to medical billing or your doctor loses money.  if you are taking care of your children, you need to make them their meals, change their diapers, play with them, watch them so they don't hurt themselves, go to the grocery store, clean house, do laundry, and more.  How much will you get done when your child is ill or you come down sick?  If you want a vacation, when will you take it?  The doctor is still working and can't afford to have you on the beach at Waikiki.  I speak from experience and I tell the truth when I say these things, not to depress anyone.

A medical biller must love what they do to put up with everything that goes on.  You work hard to get the claims and statements out.  You put up with the nasty calls from patients, insurance reps and attorneys.  You fight the denials, you get frustrated when the insurance company says they never received the claim but you resend them anyway.  A medical biller is a special person who is trusted with the Trillions of Dollars of healthcare.  Do your homework and then ask yourself if this is really what you WANT to do.  If you have that feeling in your heart, then yes, you will become a medical biller and be proud with what you do.

Keyon Thomas
October 16, 2006 @ 4:50 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

Central Florida College is a small private college providing in-demand career training for those looking to get into the Medical Billing and Coding field.  

This program provides students with a solid foundation in the critical skills needed in healthcare billing and coding practices, and the technologies that support them. Successful graduates will be well-prepared to enter the healthcare field as billing and coding specialist as both physician-based and in-patient-coders, with a valuable level of general education, technological competence, interpersonal abilities, and a keen understanding of the value and importance of correct billing and coding.

For More Information go to or call Marvin Kharrazi at 866-507-2622

September 12, 2008 @ 1:06 AM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

Meditec is a wonderful online program offering courses in both medical billing and medical coding. Very affordable!

Jill Czeczuga
October 26, 2009 @ 4:59 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

Lincoln College Online - Has a great course.  Its not overly pricey and has a great reputation.  They helped prepare me for a great job that they actually found for me.

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