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Online 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 (CPC) exam, offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam, offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA). 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.

 

FAQs About Medical Billing and Coding

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MEDICAL BILLER AND A MEDICAL CODER?

Medical coders translate patient care into current procedural terminology (CPT) codes. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that the medical services provided are accurately coded. Medical billers are responsible for creating a claim based on the codes a medical coder provides.

 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING CAREER?

Entry-level positions typically require completion of a certificate or an associate degree program in medical billing and coding. Additionally, medical billing and coding professionals must understand the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

 

HOW MANY YEARS DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A MEDICAL BILLER AND CODER?

In most cases, it takes between one and three years to become a medical biller and coder. Earning a medical billing and coding certification can take up to one year, while earning an associate degree can take up to three years.

 

CAN MEDICAL BILLERS AND CODERS WORK REMOTE?

Yes. However, this will vary depending on the healthcare organization that one works for and their level of experience within the medical billing and coding profession.

 

IS MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING A GOOD CAREER?

U.S. News and World Report ranked medical records technician (professionals that perform medical billing, medical coding or both) as #9 on its list of “25 Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree," #12 in “Best Health Care Support Jobs” and on the “The 100 Best Jobs” list.

 

Course Objectives

Learn how the CPT Category II codes and ICD-10 codes work and how to assign them in common medical billing and coding procedures

Be fully prepared to sit for the CCA exam, offered by the American Health Information Management Association

 

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Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

 

Curriculum

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

Learn common medical terminology of the body and how it relates to diagnostic procedures, nuclear medicine and pharmacology

 

INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING

Overview of medical billing and coding in today’s healthcare system

 

HEALTHCARE LAW

How HIPAA, the False Claims Act and the Stark Law protect health information

 

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INSURANCE TERMS

Health insurance terms, healthcare provider terms, and third-party reimbursement methods

 

PHARMACOLOGY FOR CODERS

Definition of pharmacology, drug classifications, and routes of administration

 

ICD-10-CM

Overview of ICD-10-CM, as well as coding guidelines, conventions, and steps for assigning ICD-10-CM codes

 

CPT AND HCPCS LEVEL II CODING

How the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and CPT Code Book work, and steps for assigning CPT and HCPCS Level II codes

 

ABSTRACTING INFORMATION FROM MEDICAL DOCUMENTS

Coding from soap notes, consultation reports, operative reports, emergency room records, and procedure reports

 

NEW PATIENTS, INSURANCE CLAIMS AND EOBS

Electronic, paper and hybrid medical records, practice management software, and developing insurance claims

 

SUBMITTING ELECTRONIC CLAIMS AND CMS 1500

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), electronic claims submission, and the National Uniform Claim Committee

 

BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD

Working with participating and nonparticipating providers

 

MEDICARE

Understanding Medicare, parts A, B, C and D

 

OTHER HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS

Medicaid, TRICARE, CHAMPVA, and workers' compensation

 

ICD-10-PCS (OPTIONAL LESSON)

Overview, code structure and definitions of ICD-10-PCS

 

SURVEY OF HOSPITAL BILLING

Hospital revenue cycle, chargemaster, master patient index and prospective payment systems

 

CAREER ROADMAP FOR MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING – FIND A JOB FAST

Marketing your skills and talents, creating a résumé and cover letter, interviewing, and salary negotiation

 

Instructors

Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. Nancy holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.

 

Shonda Miles

Shonda Miles is a Certified Professional Coder, Certified Professional Medical Auditor, and holds a master's in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Management). Shonda Miles has over 6 years in the healthcare industry. Shonda has expertise in coding and chart auditing Inpatient, Outpatient, and ER medical records. She is a member of AAPC, NAMAS and ACHE. She is currently employed with a university hospital as a Compliance Auditor.

 

Registration and Enrollment

This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

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