Medical Billing and Coding Resource Center

Learn all about medical billing and coding training and careers.

What is Medical Billing and Coding?

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Medical Coding
Medical coders update patient files using a universally recognized coding system (ICD-9 index) to ensure compliance with federal regulations and insurance requirements.

Medical Billing
Medical billing is a subspecialty of medical coding. Although there are programs that offer medical billing training by itself, a program that combines both billing and coding in one training program will be more complete, since medical coding is the first step in the medical billing process.

Medical Billing and Coding Salaries

Read the medical billing and coding salary article to learn what you can expect to make. Learn what kind of things affect your earning potential and what you can do to boost your wages.

Work at Home

There's more to starting your at-home medical billing or coding business than installing software on your computer and letting doctors know you're open for business. To avoid the heartache of starting a business that loses money, or being taken advantage of by medical coding software scams, here are two important articles you should read first:

Professional Interviews

Pamela Hills—Medical Coder

Pamela has 12 years as a medical coder at St. Peter's Hospital. She considers herself a kind of investigator, solving cases by tracking down diagnoses, lab procedures and symptoms. Read Pamela's interview...

Roberta Hudgins—Medical Billing and Coding Training Student

Roberta is learning medical terminology and how to find the right codes in the ICD-9 (soon to be replaced by the ICD-10) index. She found work at an ophthalmologist's office before graduating from her medical billing and coding training program and knew just what to do her first day on the job. Read what Roberta has to say about being a medical billing and coding training student.

Get Started Now on Your Medical Billing and Coding Career

Having sampled some of the career resources we're offering, why not dig a little deeper and see if medical billing and coding is the career for you? Use our handy table of contents on the right to find more education and career articles on this fast-growing field of health care.

Education and Career Guide