This nationally recognized online program combines the Administrative Medical Specialist program with training in medical billing and coding and medical terminology to give you a competitive edge in the healthcare field. Through this program, you will gain the skills you need to become an Administrative Medical Specialist (AMS), a medical receptionist, a scheduler, an insurance specialist, or a diagnostic or procedural coder.
From scheduling appointments to managing medical records to filing insurance claims, you will master skills that will make you an asset in a wide variety of healthcare settings. You will also gain hands-on, practical experience in medical billing and coding working with the main coding manuals in the field, the ICD-9-CM and the CPT. In the Medical Terminology portion, you will learn to apply proper terminology and spelling for major pathological conditions.
Upon completion of this program, you will be ready to begin your career in an entry-level position, or take the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) national certification exams offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
Administrative Medical Specialist
Become proficient in executing various administrative tasks:
- Understand what an AMS does and works, learn why certification is valuable, identify the “people skills” necessary for this field, and how the healthcare system functions
- Define the legal and ethical rules governing healthcare and explore issues regarding HIPAA, informed consent, contracts, and liability
- Recognize the importance of effective communication in the medical office, including over the phone, by email, and fax, and understand telephone screening and triage protocols, how to handle incoming and outgoing mail, and schedule appointments
- Discover the importance of the medical record, including chart creation and contents, filing techniques, and rules for records retention, and explore how to handle prescriptions and medications in a medical office
- Gain an understanding of the billing process, banking and bookkeeping, and learn the purpose of a daysheet
- Explore office management responsibilities in a healthcare facility, and learn about financial aspects of managing a medical practice
Become familiar with MOSS Software:
- Gain familiarity with MOSS and learn how to schedule patient appointments using practice management software
- Identify the major types of medical insurance plans and managed care models, input key demographic data from a patient registration form, and post in-office and outside procedure and treatment charges into MOSS
- Process insurance claims electronically using the MOSS claims submission simulator; review MOSS insurance claim reports; post payments from the Medicare Remittance Advice (RA) and general Explanation of Benefits (EOB); prepare and process secondary insurance claims; bill patients; and follow up on unpaid, rejected, or underpaid insurance claims.
- Find out what it’s like to be an AMS in the real world as you spend a day in a virtual medical office
Medical Billing and Coding
Discover the following Medical Billing and Coding responsibilities:
- Learn the steps of diagnostic coding and study the ICD-9-CM coding manual
- Study complex body systems, including infectious and parasitic diseases and neoplasms
- Learn diseases of the following systems: endocrine system, blood and blood-forming organs, nervous system, sense organs, circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system, and the genitourinary system
- Examine how to code conditions relating to pregnancy, skin and subcutaneous tissue, the musculoskeletal system, and newborn conditions
- Learn diagnostic coding education with more complex body systems
- Continue diagnostic coding education for V and E codes
- Learn how to apply codes to Evaluation and Management (E/M) encounters
- Learn about types of health insurance, how to complete a health insurance claim form (CMS-1500), and how providers are reimbursed for their services
Learn how to use the CPT coding manual to code the following procedures, services, and treatments:
- Anesthesia services and surgical procedures of most of the body systems, including digestive, hemic and lymphatic, urinary, male and female reproductive systems, endocrine, and nervous system
- Procedures for the Integumentary, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems
- Obstetrics and gynecology
- Radiology, pathology and laboratory, and medicine—and explore another procedure coding system called Healthcare Procedural Coding System (HCPCS)
In addition to all of this, learn the skills required to display a working knowledge of medical terminology.