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Medical office staff positions are a vital part of today’s healthcare system. Positions including medical billers and coders, administrative medical assistants, medical and electronic health records technicians, and health information technology occupations will grow by 20 percent between 2008 and 2020 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With vast amounts of information passing through medical offices every day, specialists are in demand to keep it organized and to process the files. Advances in technology will make its presence known in the next decade, and will impact the health industry in a positive way. With new technology, medical office employees will be there to continue to lead the American health system towards its overall goal – the safety and comfort of the people it serves. While job prospects as a whole are favorable, the Bureau of Labor Statistics references certification as a preference among many potential employers for medical office skills. Coastal Carolina offers courses that lead to five (5) Medical Office Certificate programs.
National Certification Programs
Medical Coding Specialist Program
Offered both online and on campus (morning, afternoon, or evening classes), this comprehensive program leads to the national Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) certification through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) credential is the gold standard for medical coding in physician office settings. CPC®’s are critical to compliant and profitable medical practices and typically earn 20% more than non-certified coders.
A Certified Professional Coder has proven by rigorous examination and experience that they know how to read a medical chart and assign the correct diagnosis (ICD-9), procedure (CPT®), and supply (HCPCS Level II) code for a wide variety of clinical cases and services.
Begin a new career and open the door to an exciting medical field. This five-month program has been designed to meet the health care industry’s growing need for professionals with billing, coding, and insurance processing skills. The class includes modules of Medical Terminology, Medical Coding, Medical Insurance, Advanced Medical Coding, National Certification Preparation, and Employability Skills.
Course Length: 356 hours (seated class) and 322 hours (online class)
Inpatient Hospital Facility Medical Coding
This online program leads to a Certified Coding Specialists (CCS) certificate. The CCS certification is the more advanced of two available medical records coding certifications. CCS coders possess advanced skills in International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-9), and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding systems and possess advanced knowledge of medical terminology, disease processes, and pharmacology. CCS coding specialists generally work in a hospital setting reviewing patient records and assigning numeric codes to procedures and diagnoses before submitting data to insurance companies or government Medicare or Medicaid specialists.
Coding accuracy is highly important to healthcare organizations, and has an impact on revenues and describing health outcomes. In fact, certification has become an implicit industry standard. Accordingly, the CCS credential demonstrates a practitioner’s tested data quality and integrity skills, and mastery of coding proficiency. Professionals experienced in coding inpatient and outpatient records should consider obtaining this certification.
Prerequisite: Completion of Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program or 2 years work experience.
Course Length: 320 hours
Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
Medical Administrative Assistants play a wide range of roles in today’s medical offices and facilities. This course is designed to give students an opportunity to learn and gain skills necessary for the growing job market. Skills include office and financial procedures, risk management, business practices, ethics, and compliance. Through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on application, this class will explore the specialized skills required and build upon a body of knowledge that will aid students entering into this profession. This class leads to CMAA certification through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
Course Length: 120 hours
Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist
The Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) is responsible for maintaining the integrity and protecting the privacy and security of patient information. As a CEHR Specialist, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:
- Audit patient records for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements
- Abstract clinical information for inclusion in reports such as quality improvement studies
- Perform basic coding to submit claims for reimbursement from insurers
- Process Release of Information (ROI) requests for medical records
- Review patient records to ensure they are complete
- Collect patient demographic and insurance information
Benefits to obtaining a Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist Certification may include: more job opportunities, an increased pay scale, and increased subject matter expertise. This class leads to CEHRS certification through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
Course Length: 120 hours