Helpful Medical Billing Resources

Below is a collection of medical billing resources we’ve found helpful for the billing or coding specialist. If you have a suggestion something you think would be a helpful medical billing or coding resource please Contact Us. We’ve also included those that may benefit those with a home business. This is a living list we update regularly with helpful resources or services. Many of these services or products are free or very reasonably priced.

Medical Billing & Coding

AMA CPT Code Search
The American Medical Association (AMA) allows a personal non-commercial search of their Current Procedural Terminology Edition (“CPT”) manual. You have to create an account and accept their terms and conditions before using the search function.

The search tool limits the number of codes you can look up but does provide information on the treatment code such as a good description, general information, and the Medicare facility and non-facility payment for the geographic area selected. More detailed CPT information requires a subscription and payment of the AMA license fee or purchase of a licensed CPT reference.
An economical online searchable database of medical billing codes and related information. A service like this can save you a lot on coding books and updates as you can spend hundreds of $ on the latest coding. Pricing starts at $4.95 a month which is a great deal.
This is a good basic free online searchable ICD-9-CM reference. It has diagnosis codes listed in both tabular and alphabetical indexes. It’s a simple and comprehensive source for ICD 9 codes.
This is a great basic free online searchable ICD-10-CM coding reference which has convert feature between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes.

The free edition of PracticeSuite includes unlimited electronic commercial claims. PracticeSuite is a good way for medical billers or a new practice to have a good practice management software without cost. Additional services and features can be added as needed for a very reasonable cost. Its a cloud based system so you don’t have to worry about backups and software maintenance.

Office Ally
Office Ally offers both a free clearinghouse service and a free practice management medical claims billing software. Both are accessed via browser. I haven’t used their medical practice billing software but have heard good comments from reliable sources about their free clearinghouse service.
Interactive Anatomy and Physiology reference of the human body. Has animations and hundred’s of anatomy graphics and descriptive links.

Compliance Medical Billing Resources

OIG Compliance Guide – Billing Services
Office of Inspector General’s Compliance Guide for third-party medical billing services.

OIG Compliance Guide – Small Practices
Office of Inspector General’s Compliance Guide for individual and small group physician practices.

An explanation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act including the Security and Privacy provisions.

HIPAA for Professionals
The complete details of the HIPAA Act including all the Titles, Sections, Subtitles, Parts, etc. as enacted by Congress.

Medical Billing Resources – Documents

Medical Billing and Coding Careers Guide
One of our more popular medical billing resources, this is a 15 page reference that gives an overview for those considering a career in medical billing or a medical coding career. A lot of this information is available on the site in more detail but I tried to condense it all in an easy reader if you want to print out and read away from the computer or share with someone.

Medical Billing and Coding Software Comparison Spreadsheet
Here’s a spreadsheet we created to compare the important features of medical claim billing software. You can use it as a checklist or a way of grading or comparing features of the medical billing software or medical billing practice management software you are considering.

Here it is in both a PDF or a ZIP Excel xls format if you wish to customize and change to meet your needs:

Medical Claim Billing Software Comparison – PDF

Medical Claims Billing Software Comparison – Excel format (ZIP file)

Software Advice is a good free and knowledgeable resource for comparing practice management and billing software from several different vendors.

Medical Billing Sample Resume
Here’s a generic example of a resume for a Medical Billing Specialist in PDF format.

Medical Billing Insurance Claim Flowchart
This is a simple flowchart we created to explain how healthcare claim processing works and show how insurance claims billing works.

Medical Billing Contract Example
A sample medical billing contract that may be helpful for at home medical billing services signing up your first client. Here’s more detailed information on medical billing contracts and good resources for sample service contracts.

Medical Billing Contract Addendum Example
A sample addendum to a medical billing contract that may be helpful to those of you making changes to the terms of your original contract.

Please Note: The above free medical billing resources documents we have created only for our visitors individual use. They are not to be distributed for profit, sold, or posted on another website or publication without the consent of All Things Medical Billing.

Medical Billing Resources – Productivity & Business

Gmail is a great free email service. It integrates well with other Google products like Google Docs Google Plus, and Google Voice. It’s so easy to find old emails – even from years ago. An Google gives you lots of free storage. You can even upload documents you want to back up. It’s got great features for setting up filters and categorizing your email.

Google Docs
This is my favorite way of creating documents – text, spreadsheets, forms, drawings, and presentations. And you can access them from any computer or share with others. It requires a Google account but that’s free. I used Google Docs to create the documents above. It doesn’t have all of the capabilities of a full fledged “Office” type program but it does just about everything most people need. And you can save your documents in a variety of neutral formats.

Open Office
If you want a full featured office productivity suite software, Open Office is a great free alternative for creating text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and databases in standard popular formats.

NetTalk is a simple voice over internet phone service with a lot of the basic calling and voice mail features. You can purchase the device which connects to you home network starting for around $35. We’ve been using this service for 2 years for our home phone. Their calling plans start at $2.50/month for U. S. and Canada calls. It’s really saved us a lot of money.

A free graphic-design tool website with an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. A great tool for creating logo’s, social media, presentations, cards, etc. Can be used for both web and print media design and graphics.

Google Voice
A single phone number that rings you on your existing phone. For those of you starting a home medical billing business or just working from home, this is an economical way to establish a unique phone number for your business that ring to your home or cell phone – or both at the same time. It’s a really neat and powerful tool.

Vistaprint offers a lot of free and very reasonable products. These can be a real cost saver for at home medical billing services marketing efforts. They offer free business cards and free logo design. They also have a wide variety of advertising and marketing products.

Free Online Coding References
Discusses where to find free if somewhat limited online references for CPT medical coding and ICD 9 codes from reputable sites for medical billers and coders and at home medical billing services.

Free Online Medical Billing Software
Office Ally offers both free practice management medical billing software called Practice Mate. I haven’t used it but it sounds like it performs the basic functions. I understand the data entry can be a little cumbersome (more mouse driven) and it doesn’t have some of the more advanced reporting capabilities. But if your just starting medical billing services business it can be a real cost savings.

Office Ally also offers a free Clearinghouse service that I have heard very  good feedback about. It will accept submission of claims from most all existing practice management software systems.

Create A Free Website
Weebly is a free and easy way to create a website. If you don’t need the more advanced tools to generate traffic, keyword, monetize, research, report, etc. They have some basic templates and layouts to get you started. However it’s up to you to promote the website.
While Wix offers a free option with some limitations. They also have a very affordable and easy way to create a nice looking website quickly. You can create a nice looking website for less than $15 a month that includes everything. No software to install.

Google Places
Google has a local business center called Google Places that you can use to help get your business (website) found locally. This is very useful in marketing an at home medical billing services business. This information is also used in the very popular Google Maps app used on the iPhone and  Android platforms.

Bing Places for Business
Microsoft’s offering for local business.

Medical Billing Resources – Financial

Small Business Accounting Software
Yendo is a small business financial accounting software with the ability to  manage invoicing, purchasing, expenses and payments. Yendo is free for  one user which allows up to 5 invoices a month. It’s one of those medical billing resources for a small business.

Wave Accounting
Free small business accounting, invoicing, and receipt scanning software. 

Money Management is a free online money management tool – kind of like Quicken. It pulls information from your bank, credit card, and investment accounts and allows you to see and manage all your finances from one place. Mint is owned by Intuit – the same folks that own Quicken – so it’s a secure and trusted service.