As a medical biller in the healthcare industry, you’ve probably been asked the same question repeatedly: do you prefer to work in-house or as a contractor? It’s not like one answer is correct versus the other. As a medical biller, you will be responsible for issuing invoices to insurance companies and patients, processing payments, tracking charges, reconciling bills with providers, and various other related tasks. If you’re an in-house medical biller, you will also have access to the company’s computer network and its resources whenever needed. But if you choose the contracting route instead, you are essentially your own boss. Here are a couple of things to consider when choosing which route to pursue.
- Years of Experience
Medical Billing is submitting health insurance claims on behalf of the patient to various health insurance payors to acquire payment for services rendered in a medical facility. The more experience you have the more attractive you would be to hire. Sometimes it makes sense to acquire that experience by taking on a job as an in-house medical biller while you work to hone your skills, learn more about the industry, and plan for creating your own medical billing practice or business.
- How do you Work Best
In what situation do you think you would be the most productive? This is an important consideration. Are you at your best when you are around people and can feed off of their energy for example? Or, are you most productive when you work alone? When you work as an in-house medical biller you are often required to be in the office and in the mix of things. This includes patients coming in and out and regular activity from the rest of the people that also work in the office. Whereas, if you work as a contractor, you are likely to work remotely and can even take on multiple contracts depending on the workloads.