Apply your certificate toward a degree
This certificate can also be applied toward
the Associate of Applied Science in
Allied Health degree, for those seeking
increased responsibilities, supervisory
roles and health care office management
in physician offices, health care clinics,
hospital-based clinics, hospitals and small
health care businesses.
Medical Administrative Specialists are multi-skilled in medical records and health information and play key roles in the medical office, clinic or hospital setting. They organize and manage health information data, insurance processing, coding and billing, practice finance and fundamental office management tasks. A Medical Administrative Specialist is very familiar with clinical and technical concepts required to coordinate administrative office functions in a health care setting.
Jobs are available in physicians’ offices, health clinics, outpatient facilities, medical laboratories, hospitals, health insurance companies, medical supply and equipment businesses, and pharmaceutical companies.
Duties and skills vary by the size of office. In a small practice, the job may include greeting patients, scheduling appointments, composing and processing correspondence, collecting and recording payments, maintaining financial reports and patient files. In a large office, the job will focus on more of the non-patient, office duties and work more directly with the facility’s administrative office team.
Physician office coding specialists are in high demand; these medical records employees classify diagnoses and procedures to facilitate billing
and reimbursement from insurance companies.
Glen Oaks offers a coding certification which, added to either a medical assistant or medical administrative specialist certification, is a path to greater advantages in this ever-growing field. In the medical administrative specialist program, you may choose the original “business” route, the “coding” route or both. You may also, if you have the prerequisites, take the coding courses to update your skills! Graduates of the medical administrative specialist program may receive national certification as a Certified Medical Administrative Specialist (CMAS) from American Medical Technologists (AMT); those who take the coding option are prepared to sit for the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Office (CCS-P) or the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) through American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2016 median salary for medical records or health information technicians was $38,040 per year and for secretaries and administrative assistants was $37,230 per year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth in employment of health information technicians of 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations and for administrative assistants of 3 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. Those who have experience with coding, word processing and create spreadsheets, should have the best job prospects.
Is this for me?
Consider a career in the field of medical records or health information if you pay attention to detail, are extremely organized, type well, can communicate information accurately between one person and another, and can maintain a high degree of confidentiality.