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Learn what it takes to have a successful career as an administrative medical assistant in the exciting and high-demand world of healthcare.

In this course, you will master the basics of scheduling patients' appointments, surgeries, and hospital admissions. In addition, you will discover how to create, maintain, and file medical charts. You will also find out how to verify patients' insurance, create encounter forms (charge tickets), post charges, obtain pre-authorizations from insurers, and schedule return visits.

After that, go behind the scenes as you learn how to apply diagnostic and procedure codes to patients' accounts and bill their insurance companies. Next, explore additional accounts receivable tasks including posting payments and adjustments, billing secondary insurance, and following up on unpaid insurance claims. You will also learn what a day sheet is, why it's important, and how to keep track of all your patient accounts on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis.

Finally, delve into the basics of keeping a medical office running smoothly—from ordering supplies to scheduling staff meetings and making travel arrangements.

If you're organized, a "people person," and interested in a secure job in the healthcare field, a career as an administrative medical assistant may be just what you're looking for. This course will set you on the path to that career and help you determine which aspect of medical information management, such as patient contact or billing and coding, suits you best.

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Instructor-Led
6 Weeks Access Course Code: mim
Start Dates* Sep 15 | Oct 13 | Nov 17 | Dec 15
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$129.99

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Self-Paced
3 Months Access Course Code: T9111
No Instructor, Start Anytime

$129.99

USD

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Syllabus

The Medical Office and Administrative Medical Assistant

Looking for a fun, challenging job that's always in demand? If so, AMA (administrative medical assisting) may be just the field for you! In this lesson, you'll look at the exciting job opportunities for AMAs, the variety of careers they can choose from, and the different settings where they can work.

Ethics, the Law, and HIPAA

The law and medicine go hand-in-hand, so this lesson will teach you the laws that you'll need to know if you become an AMA. The lesson will cover everything from contracts to malpractice and will also delve into HIPAA (a federal act that affects everyone in the health care field).

Computers and Office Equipment

In this lesson, you'll explore the office equipment and computer hardware that you're likely to use as an AMA. In addition, you will delve into software—both standard office programs and the specialized software used in the field of medical information management.

Filing Processes and Equipment

If you think filing is a bore, this lesson will change your mind. You will discover what the rainbow of colored stickers on a medical file means, and you will even practice creating a patient chart yourself. You will also find out why medical offices love lateral files, and you will master the tricky rules of alphabetizing. (Yes, it's more challenging than it looks!)

Records Management

Now that you're an expert on the outside of a patient chart, it's time to look inside. In this lesson, you will find out which forms go in a medical record and just where to put each one. In addition, you will learn about two styles of note-taking: SOAP and CHEDDAR. Finally, you will delve into the topic of medical record audits and find out the legal way to correct a patient's chart.

Appointment Scheduling, Check-In, and Check-Out

It's time to introduce the star of the show: the patient. You will learn everything about a patient encounter. This lesson will focus on the phone skills you can use to make appointments, handle questions, and soothe angry callers. Next, flip open the appointment book and explore the tricks for scheduling patients easily and efficiently. Finally, you'll follow a patient's visit from start to finish, and see how many tasks an AMA does during that appointment.

Reception Area Tasks and Communication Skills

This lesson will start in the waiting room, where you will learn more about the tasks a receptionist handles—from opening and closing a medical office to keeping the reception area ship-shape. After that, understand barriers to communicating effectively with patients, and you will discover ways to overcome them. The lesson will conclude with a fun and creative jobs that AMAs do: creating informational brochures and teaching aids.

Medical Insurance Basics

Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, commercial insurance—what does it all mean? In this lesson, you will find out! First, you will learn the meaning of terms like managed care, capitation, and fee-for-service. Next, you'll explore government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Workers' Compensation, and TRICARE. By the time you're done, you will have a good feel for the many types of insurance an AMA handles every day.

The Medical Insurance Claim Form

Have you ever studied an insurance claim form? If so, you know it contains dozens of mysterious questions and checkboxes. As part of this lesson, you will come face-to-face with one of these claim forms and learn how to conquer it. By the end of the lesson, you will know how to fill in each field of the CMS-1500 claim form. In fact, you will even get to try it yourself!

Diagnostic Coding

Medical coding is a hot field for AMAs, so it's a great specialty if you're looking for job security. In this lesson, you will take a quick look at diagnostic coding and see why it's both fun and challenging. Explore the ICD-10-CM, talk about the detective work involved in abstracting a diagnostic statement, and explore the steps of coding a diagnosis.

Procedural Coding

This lesson will finish up your tour of medical coding with an overview of procedural coding. First, you will learn all about a manual called the CPT and discover how to use it to code everything from surgeries to X-rays to acupuncture. After that, you will examine a second manual called the HCPCS ("hix-pix"), which contains codes for ambulances, root canals, and much more. This lesson will also delve into anesthesia coding, a tricky but rewarding sub-specialty.

The Business Office

The final lesson will conclude with a visit to the business office and focuses on how AMAs keep track of the money coming in and going out. In addition, you will learn about inventory control and supply ordering—two crucial jobs that help keep a medical office running smoothly. Finally, you'll explore payroll management and investigate several jobs that fall under the umbrella of human resources.

Requirements

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructor

Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, a master's degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and also owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

Reviews

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 19 percent through 2029!


Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 19 percent through 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals, offices of physicians, and other healthcare facilities. The median annual wage for medical assistants was $35,850 in May 2021.

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