What is Medical Coding? (Medical Billing Tip)

medical billing and codingIn general, people understand what medical billing is. However, many people don’t understand what medical coding is! If you are a healthcare professional, looking for a simple (general) answer, here goes:  

Medical billing is simply taking a medical service that a health provider offers (for example, a 45 minute psychotherapy session) and converting it into a code so that insurance companies can process the service, and pay the provider correctly (in this case, the code is 90806).

For some specialties, such as in behavioral health, there are very few codes that are billed. For example, a psychologist running a practice will bill (90801, 90806, 90847,90846, and a just a few more–under 10 in almost all instances). However, some general practitioners, or physicians that provide services for a multitude of conditions could bill many codes–that’s when someone with a lot of training and experience in medical coding is important in the medical billing process.

UPDATE 09/2014: To focus on providing excellent medical billing to Thriveworks franchises, we are no longer providing billing services to non-Thriveworks practices.

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