So you’ve completed your medical billing and coding courses and you’re ready to enter the working world.
Whether you’re looking to start your own business or find a position within a medical office, there are a few reference materials you won’t want to be without.
The following are 5 books that belong in every medical billing and coding specialist’s library…
How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Medical Billing Service
Written by Laura Gater, this is a must- have book for anyone even considering starting his own medical billing business. Gater starts by outlining the current and future state of the medical billing business and then offers a series of chapters outlining exactly what one must do in order to run a successful company. Everything is covered, from the type of legal business you should form to the start-up equipment you’ll need to get things off the ground. She even offers info to help you determine how much money you’ll need to get started. Don’t even think about starting your own medical billing service unless you’ve read this book.
Medical Billing and Coding Demystified
Written by Marilyn Burgos, Donya Johnson, and James Keogh, this book offers a clear and concise explanation of the medical billing business. It is meant to help medical facilities choose the right codes to use to receive payment – all things you’ll learn about in school. It’s sort of one of those “for Dummies” books, only better geared towards your area of expertise.
Marketing Your Medical Billing Service
Written by Loretta Sinclair, this book is currently available for Kindle readers but can also be downloaded to a PC app for non-Kindle users, we believe. Financing and opening a medical billing business complete with all of the most up-to-date equipment is great, but you’ll need clients. This book goes over the best ways for marketing a medical billing and coding business, offering dozens of ideas for attracting new business.
Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office
This book was written by Marilyn Fordney and is one you’ll want to keep around at all times, too. The manual offers tips and tricks for navigating the incredibly complex and confusing world of insurance. It talks about different types of coding, HIPPS, and even the vast world of Medicare. This book has received rave reviews from some of the industry’s most esteemed experts.
Great Resumes for Medical Billing Jobs
Both independent contractors and those looking for formal employment need to have a resume on hand. Jeff Altman’s book, available for the Kindle, will give you the tools you need to create the perfect resume to showcase your skills in medical billing and coding. There are even some great examples you can use to garner ideas for your own resume.
These 5 books will prove invaluable year after year. Add them to your collection, study them, and refer to them often. They’re well worth the investment.