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CPC Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding

Train for Medical Office Administration, Medical Billing, and Medical Coding

Medical office administrators combine organizational skills with ethics and compassion to ensure the smooth operation of medical facilities. Many also perform medical billing and coding procedures in clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare settings.

This comprehensive online course will prepare you for the Certified Professional Coder exam, offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders, and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant exam, offered by National Healthcareer Association.

You will gain key skills needed to succeed as a medical office administrative assistant, including medical office management, medical terminology, and medical billing and coding.

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Job Outlook for Certified Medical Administrative Assistants

Medical administrative assistants sit at the nexus of several promising career paths in the healthcare field. Matching office administration skills with medical billing and coding opens opportunities in both general healthcare administration and specialized medical services.

According to PayScale.com, certified medical administrative assistants earn around $37,000 per year on average. Medical billing and coding specialists earn an average of $16.67 per hour.

Medical administrative assistants combine two valuable skill sets in professions that are growing quickly, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  1. Learn the legal, ethical, and regulatory aspects of medical office management.
  2. Understand HIPAA compliance and third-party guidelines for filing insurance claims.
  3. Get hands-on, practical experience in medical billing and coding.
  4. Learn medical terminology and the structures and functions of the human body.

Note: There are no prerequisites for this course; however, you must have a high school diploma to sit for national certification exams.

Medical Terminology
Introduction to medical terminology, the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic and immune systems, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system, the nervous system, the special senses the eyes and ears, the integumentary system, the endocrine system, the reproductive system, diagnostic procedures, nuclear medicine, and pharmacology.

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
Becoming an administrative medical assistant, managing stress and improving communication, law, ethics and healthcare, improving your medical office, computers in the ambulatory care setting, telecommunications and patient scheduling, midterm, medical terminology (word parts, plurals, and abbreviations), managing medical records, written communication, working with medical documents, medical billing and coding overview, daily financial practices, and the administrative medical assistant as office manager.

Medical Billing and Coding
Introduction to medical billing and coding, healthcare law, introduction to health insurance terms, pharmacology for coders, ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS Level II coding, abstracting information from medical documents, new patients, insurance claims and EOBs, submitting electronic claims and CMS 1500, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, other healthcare programs, ICD-10-PCS (optional lesson), survey of hospital billing, and career roadmap for medical billing and coding – find a job fast.

What do certified medical administrative assistants do?
According to the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), certified medical administrative assistants are responsible for the organization and smooth operation of a medical facility. Their tasks may include:

  • Scheduling medical professionals, staff, and patient appointments
  • Coordinating patient visits, documentation, and tracking
  • Handling office communication including telephone, electronic, and mail
  • Maintain patient records and files, insurance and regulatory procedures, and employee records

Is certification required for a medical administrative assistant?
While certification is not required, gaining credentials like the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) credential designates your professionalism and competence. Employers and colleagues recognize and anticipate a level of performance and ethics indicated by professional certification.

What is medical billing and coding?
Medical billing and coding professionals align medical procedures with standardized codes that are used to bill insurance providers and government agencies for medical services.

What is medical billing and coding certification?
Medical billing and coding are technical fields with high professional standards. A designation such as the Certified Professional Coder (CPC), offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) certifies a professional’s commitment to quality, skill, and diligence in their work.

What jobs can you get with medical administrative assistant and medical billing and coding training?
Medical administrative assistants may also be known as medical office managers, medical office coordinators, or medical office administrators. Medical billing and coding specialists may have their own job titles or may have their title combined with a medical assistant or medical administrative professional designation.

Lydia S. Stewart
Lydia S. Stewart, RN, BSN, currently serves as the revenue cycle manager at a large regional medical center. Lydia has been a Registered Nurse for 23 years, 15 of those years specializing in Critical Care Nursing and supervision. She is responsible for medical audits, charge capture, and governmental compliance audits and reviews. Lydia is a member of the Louisiana Medical Auditor Association and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Bunny Reeves
Bunny Reeves is the senior ambulatory surgery coder at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She trains student coders at Maimonides Medical Center and previously trained and supervised entry-level coders at Staten Island’s St. Vincent Medical Center. Reeves is a Certified Coding Specialist, accredited by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Sharon L. Blackford
Sharon L. Blackford, MA, BA, RMA, has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She has a master’s degree in Organizational Management, a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and has served as a Registered Medical Assistant since 1994. Sharon was an active duty Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army for 10 years. Sharon later moved to the Gulf Coast to accept a position as the Director of Education of Blue Cliff College and was promoted to Campus Director.

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