Megan From 9 to 5

My desk :)
My desk 🙂

Since starting this blog, I don’t recall ever discussing anything about my job.  I know you are all just wondering, “what does Megan do?”  😉  Well, lucky you because here’s a look into my everyday life:

I work as a medical biller from 9 am to 5 pm, doing mostly data entry and charge entry, meaning that I enter patient demographics and then code the diagnosis and the procedures that our clients want to bill to insurance or sometimes the patient.  I work all day on a computer and work in a program that helps create the insurance claims necessary for our clients (and us) to get paid.  It took me at least 2 months of training to feel even somewhat comfortable doing this kind of work.  It is not at all easy to do.

I didn’t go to school to be a medical biller or coder.  I actually didn’t even know anything about this position when I started.  I studied Speech and Hearing Sciences in college, that was my major, so I do know anatomy and physiology, but mostly just related to the speech and hearing systems.  Needless to say, I was taking a leap of faith when I took this job, so was my boss.  I am thankful every day that she gave me the chance to prove myself, even in a field I knew nothing about.  I can proudly say that today, I have acquired a new and marketable skill that I can take with me anywhere I go.

I don’t want to brag, but I’m very good at my job 🙂  I attribute this a bit to my obsessive compulsive behavior, which means that I check my work so often because I’m afraid of making a mistake.  I’m very careful upon initially entering any data and I’m not afraid to ask questions when I need extra help.  This is why I think I have succeeded in this job where two others have failed.  I love my job and my coworkers are great and I am thankful every day that I am employed.

We are actually looking for additional clients, if anyone knows a physician or is a physician who needs medical billing, please feel free to contact me on my contact page.

Thank you, as always, for reading 🙂  I know this was different, but I’m glad to share!

megan

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36 thoughts on “Megan From 9 to 5

  1. I have actually heard many examples of how people with OCD make exemplary employees, as you say, because of their minute attention to detail and strong routine behaviours. Once they learn the correct way of doing a task you can be assured that is the way they will do it, each time, without fail. Some employers can be reluctant to try but it is well worth taking the chance on someone with OCD, they can turn out to be your most valuable employees!

    1. That is exactly what I was trying to convey! I’m very task-oriented and as you said, when I’ve been told how to do something correctly even once, I will not fail to do it that way again. This is definitely true. I guess that’s one advantage of having OCD 🙂

    1. It was fascinating, but honestly, I am naturally better at the arts than the sciences. I was an English major before I switched my course of study sophomore year. I often wonder what might have been 🙂

      1. That’s a great comeback. I’m definitely going to be using that 😉 An acquaintance of mine always says to me when I see him, “Hi 12 year old.” I want to punch him, but this line will work better.

  2. I have immense respect for your job. I work on the other end of the screen (or I did until I got a promotion) where I keyed in the DX and ICD codes and then they went off into cloud-server land to our medical billing team that has to deal with EOB’s and insurance claims being rejected or accepted. I have been party to some threeway calls from our patients wanting to know why they were billed a certain way, or why insurance rejected the claim, and I cringe for the poor woman that has to deal with these horribly mad people. Kudos to you. My ADD wouldn’t allow me to do this.

    1. It is not always easy that’s for sure. I’m just glad that I don’t have to deal with the public face to face. If someone gets too rambunctious, I just hand the phone off to one of the claims reps or the officer manager 😉 I remember one time a coworker of mine answered the phone, the patient got so mad because of a bill that he or she tore it up over the phone so that my coworker could hear 😉 It’s amazing how fired up people can get, but I can’t blame them sometimes. Insurance can be a pain in the butt!

  3. Hello Megan. 🙂

    OCD is great for attention to detail and boy do I love how tidy your desk is. Lol

    Your job sounds interesting and nice to hear about this side of your life.

    Have a great weekend. Hugs Paula xxx

    1. Thanks Paula 🙂 This is definitely one of the few upsides to having OCD that’s certainly true. My desk and house are always in order, mostly because I can’t relax until it’s that way 😉

      1. I’m the same. Even though I also have OCD, some things I can let go off and some things?? …I can never let go off. Lol. I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about!

        Hugs Paula xxx

      2. This is exactly the same with me. I doubt I could ever let go of any of my teapots, but other things, like books, I could let go. 🙂

    1. I know, right! I think I’m probably in front of some sort of screen most of my waking hours, which is not at all good for my already bad vision I’m sure 🙂

  4. It was nice to learn a little more about you. I bet you would be excellent in my job. I am a quality accountant. I receive testing data and enter it into the computer all day. I need to be 100% accurate because my data keeps people safe. I also check my work multiple times because and error is not acceptable. Good luck with your job, I know you will do great at whatever you set your mind to. I am glad you enjoy your job and your co-workers.

  5. Funny what you said about how your OCD helped…I believe that in my case as well. Which just goes to illustrate that being attentive to detail is good…but when it holds you hostage…you need to re-examine where you are with it.

    🙂

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