What is Medical Billing and Coding?
Medical billing is the process of submitting claims to health insurance companies to receive payment for services rendered in a medical facility. Medical coding involves converting diagnosis, procedures, services, and equipment into universal alphanumeric codes.
What is Medical Administration Assistant?
Medical Administration Assistant involves managing the daily operations of a medical office or a healthcare facility. A medical administration assistant handles computerized medical records, personnel management, vendor management, front office management, as well as billing and payment management.
Why Get A Medical Administrative Assistant Training with Billing and Coding?
A certification or degree in Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding is required from students who are interested in career in the healthcare industry, but have minimal to no experience within the sector. Candidates can learn the foundation of medical vocabulary, to help them better understand doctors’ notes and medical record contents, as well as essential medical office management skills that employers look for when hiring a front office staff.
If you are transitioning to the field won’t have to worry about landing a job in the healthcare industry as you’ll have plenty of opportunities to work in clinics, nursing homes, hospitals, administrative support centers, and medical laboratories. Furthermore, earning education and training credentials can be completed in just under a year. After that, all you need to do is pass the National Healthcare Association (NHA) or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) exam to be certified and ready to take on job opportunities.
What is the Medical Administration Assistant with Billing and Coding Program About?
The 690-hour Medical Administration Assistant with Billing and Coding program prepares individuals to manage the front office of a medical practice or seek employment as a claims examiner, medical biller, medical coder, or other related occupations in the medical industry.
Medical Administration Assistant teaches you how to conduct the key managerial tasks to run a successful practice, maintain medical records, manage personnel, and develop compliance programs. Medical Coding introduces you to the three types of medical coding systems used in health care. Medical Billing introduces you to the fundamentals of medical billing, which include forms preparation, processing, and follow-up for reimbursement.
Becoming a Medical Administrative Assistant with Billing and Coding
Billing coding specialists, also known as medical coders or health information technologists, are primarily in-charge of handling, reporting, maintaining, and categorizing patient information. They are also the ones responsible for keeping data integrity and quality through a variety of checks and balances. With this set of skills, medical coders are easily one of the most in demand services in the healthcare industry, providing abundant job opportunities to both degree holders and those who took specialized courses and certifications to earn their credentials.
Aside from having an active market, medical administrative assistants with billing and coding credentials also benefit from having flexible setups and schedules. There are job opportunities on-site or even at home, as well as career advancements for those who are looking to climb up the ladder in the healthcare industry. In terms of salary, the median medical coding and billing salary was at $37,110 annually in 2015. That’s about $1,000 above the average for all occupations tracked by the BLS. Though, those numbers may improve depending on the location, type of employer, and amount of experience you have coming in.
Why Should I Take this Program at Meditec?
Meditec is largely an online career training school, so learners can complete programs even if they have other responsibilities outside school. Meditec programs are written and updated by industry experts. And they are affordable too! Plus, Meditec has several financial programs for students seeking scholarships, grants or payment plans as well as the MyCAA program for military spouses.
Meditec graduates are career-ready with the necessary skills. A 93% student satisfaction rate is a testament to our commitment to educating lifelong learners.
AHP-MOM03 -Medical Administration Assistant with Billing and Coding (CMAA CBCS)
690 Hours/6 months
The Medical Administration Assistant with Medical Terminology program, including the CMAA and CBCS preparation, prepares individuals to manage the front office of a medical practice, as well as seek employment as a claims examiner, medical biller, medical coder, or other related occupations in the medical industry. Program graduates will be employable by private health care practices, clinics, government agencies, insurance companies, and other health care facilities. The program teaches the student how to conduct the key managerial tasks needed to help run a successful practice, evaluate coding and billing practices, and provides the tools for developing compliance programs that will meet the standards of the health care rules and regulations.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain employment. Program graduates can manage the practice’s financials, implement policies procedures, and perform marketing and human resource duties. Additionally, they will use a universally recognized coding system and ensure correct coding in compliance with federal regulations and insurance requirements.
The program includes the online study guides, practices exams, and CMAA and CBCS exam voucher to sit for the NHA Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exams.
Program Course Details:
Medical Terminology: 50 Hours
Knowledge of Medical Terminology is integral for any medical professional seeking a complete understanding of medical vocabulary. In this course, you will come across terminology used in everyday medical language. You will learn how a majority of medical terms can be broken up into word roots, combining vowels, prefixes, and suffixes to arrive at their meanings. You will also learn complementary terms, abbreviations, and words that cannot be broken into parts. You will be able to recognize the definitions, spellings, and correct pronunciations of a large number of medical terms. Through scenarios and interactivities, this course will provide you with ample opportunity to apply and practice the concepts learned, and prepare you for your role as a professional in the healthcare industry.
Medical Coding: 200 Hours
Medical Coding introduces you to the three types of medical coding systems used in health care: ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS Level II. You will learn how to transform medical descriptions of diagnoses and procedures into codes using reimbursement and coding guidelines.
Through scenarios and interactivities, this course provides you with ample opportunity to apply and practice the concepts learned. This course would be valuable for anyone preparing for a career in medical coding and related professions.
Medical Billing: 140 Hours
The complexities of medical billing require professionals who have a complete understanding of the reimbursement process. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of medical billing, which include forms preparation, processing, and follow-up for reimbursement. In addition, you will learn about the evolution of medical reimbursement, reimbursement methodologies, legal and regulatory issues, national diagnosis systems, and procedure coding systems. Through scenarios and interactivities, this course provides you with ample opportunity to apply and practice the concepts learned and prepares you for your role as a professional in the health insurance industry.
Medical Administration Assistant: 300 Hours
Medical Administration Assistant involves managing the daily operations of a medical/healthcare facility. This course introduces you to the overall business operations of a medical office. You will learn the specifics of the role of a medical administration assistant These include personnel management, vendor management, front office management, as well as billing and payment management. You will also learn about medical records and the importance of the computerization of a medical office. This course is valuable for all those preparing for a career as a medical administration assistant.
Through scenarios and interactivities, this course provides you with ample opportunity to apply and practice the concepts learned, and prepares you for your role as a professional in the health insurance industry.
Billing and Coding Specialist Certification Online Preparation:
This resource helps prepare you for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist exam with these invaluable and comprehensive printed study guide and online practice test resources aligned to the NHA Certified Billing and Coding Specialist exam blueprint.
Medical Administrative Assistant Certification Online Study Guide and Practice Test:
This resource helps prepare you for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam with an engaging online study guide and online practice test. This combination provides remediation directed back to areas needing attention. Resources are aligned to the NHA Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam blueprint.
CBCS and CMAA National Exams Information:
Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exams, through NHA, have 2 prerequisites:
- Possess a high school diploma or GED
- And have successfully completed a related training program
Program Classroom Link:
Program Shippable Materials:
- Medical Office Management
*Note: The standard shipping process usually requires 10-14 business days within the US. Weekends or holidays do not count. International/APO/ FPO/ PO Box address may experience delays. Please be aware that your materials will not be shipped until your start date.
Program Online Materials:
- Understanding Health Insurance Billing E-Book
- Step by Step Coding E-Book
- Exploring Medical Language E-Book
Program System Requirements:
- Windows XP SP2 or newer Mac OSX or higher
- Video card
- Sound card
- 512 MB RAM or greater of memory
- Microsoft Office 97 (or newer) or comparable office suite, such as OpenOffice (free download available) or
- LibreOffice (free download available)
- The latest Adobe Flash Player (free download available)
- The latest Adobe Reader/Acrobat Reader (free download available)
- The latest Windows Media Player (free download available)
- The latest Quick Time Player (free download available)
- The latest Real Player (free download available)
- The latest Shockwave Player (free download available)
- The latest Java (free download available)
- The most recent version of browsers: Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer.
- Cookies must be enabled
- Pop-ups must be enabled/allowed
- Headphones or Speakers
A medical office management career is a good fit for those interested in managing others, being the boss, working in an office, helping others, variety, and challenges. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , there were 303,000 medical and health services managers in 2010. Medical office managers are employed in organizations, such as
- Nursing homes
- Group medical practices
Medical businesses need employees to handle the daily business activities. They value employees with varied skills, including billing and coding knowledge, financial management, policy and procedure development, and employee management. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active longer, it is no surprise that this career has very strong growth potential in the coming years.
A Certified Billing and Coding Specialist’s main focus is on converting a medical procedure, diagnosis, or symptom into specific codes for submitting a claim for reimbursement. As a CBCS, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:
- Accurately locate documentation in the patient record to support coding and billing process
- Accurately assign codes for diagnoses and procedures
- Submit claims for reimbursement based on payer policies and procedures
- Coach providers on the best documentation practices to support quality coding and optimal reimbursement
Benefits to obtaining a Billing and Coding Certification may include: more job opportunities, an increased pay scale, and increased subject matter expertise.
A Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) will perform routine administrative tasks to help keep the physicians’ offices and clinics running efficiently. As a CMAA, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:
- Review and answer practice correspondence
- Operate computer systems or other types of technology to accomplish office tasks
- Answer calls, schedule appointments, greet patients, and maintain files
- Update and maintain patient and other practice-specific information
- Coordinate collection and preparation of operating reports such as time and attendance
Benefits to obtaining a Medical Administrative Assistant Certification may include: more job opportunities, an increased pay scale, and increased subject matter expertise.
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