Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding (Vouchers Included)
Did you know that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for medical assistants will grow at a rate of 16% through 2031, which is much faster than the average job? This online medical administrative assistant certification course will teach you how administrative medical assistants with medical billing and coding knowledge are versatile and valuable healthcare team members who handle a broad range of duties. You will also be prepared for national certification exams.
George Mason University
Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding (Vouchers Included)
Details + Objectives
Course code: GES1015
What you will learn
- Medical coding terminology required for medical coding, including the structures and functions of the human body
- The disorders and medical procedures common to each body system
- Legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts central to the field, including HIPAA compliance and third-party guidelines for filing insurance claims
- The main coding manuals: ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS Level II
- How to code diagnoses, services, and procedures for all systems of the body
- The fundamentals of medical billing & coding and medical terminology
- Word parts and the structures and functions of the human body
- What is required to succeed as a Medical Administrative Assistant
- Multitasking as it relates to scheduling appointments, processing insurance requests, maintaining records, and corresponding with patients
- The best financial practices for a medical center
- The fundamentals of medical terminology and ethical best practices
- The basics of working with medical documents, medical billing, and coding processes
- Identify the professional traits that a medical assistant must possess
- Discuss the various administrative job duties of a medical assistant
- Recognize the importance of professional certification
How you will benefit
- Jump-start your career in the medical field
- Get hands-on, practical experience in medical billing and coding
- Learn how to effectively communicate with prospective patients and fellow professionals in the medical industry
- Understand how to create positive, efficient experiences for patients to make them more comfortable
- You will be awarded a certificate of completion and will be prepared to sit for the professional certification that best aligns with your interest and career goals
- You will also be able to choose a voucher for the professional certification to enroll for the exam
- You'll also receive access to the study materials that align with the exam option you choose
- Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
- Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
- Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
- Professionalism represents the types of behavior that demonstrates your moral, ethical, and respectful attributes when interacting with patients and coworkers
- The medical assistant has a critical role in the ambulatory care setting, performing administrative tasks under the direction of the provider
- An increasing number of employers now require that their medical assistants be certified, showing they have met certain educational requirements and are committed to continuing their education moving forward
How the course is taught
- Self-paced, online course
- 12 Months to complete
- Open enrollment, begin anytime
- 530 course hours
- Medical Terminology
- Introduction to Medical Terminology
- The Musculoskeletal System
- The Cardiovascular System
- The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
- The Respiratory System
- The Digestive System
- The Urinary System
- The Nervous System
- The Special Senses The Eyes and Ears
- The Integumentary System
- The Endocrine System
- The Reproductive System
- Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology
- Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
- Medical Assisting Foundations
- Professional Behavior
- Legal and Ethical Issues
- The Art of Communicating
- Telecommunications, Telephone Professionalism, and Telephone Techniques
- Written Communications
- Medical Office Environment
- Patient Scheduling
- Managing Medical Records
- Introduction to Health Insurance
- Medical Coding: An Overview
- Patient Accounts
- Insurance Claims, Patient Billing, and Collections
- Daily Financial Practices
- Managing the Office
- Preparing for Your Career
- Medical Billing and Coding
- Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding
- Career Opportunities
- Personal and Technical Qualifications
- Employment Settings
- Professional Certifications
- Introduction to Health Insurance
- Health Insurance Terminology
- Commercial and Government Payers
- Healthcare Documentation
- Electronic Health Record
- Managed Healthcare
- Types of Reimbursement
- Managed Care Providers
- Managed Care Models
- Consumer-Directed Health Plans
- Revenue Cycle Management
- Phases of Revenue Cycle Management
- Encounter Form, Chargemaster
- Insurance Claim Cycle
- New Patient Registration
- Collection Practices
- Legal Aspects of Health Insurance and Reimbursement
- Laws Affecting Healthcare
- Protected Health Information
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Fraud and Abuse in Medical Billing and Coding
- Release of Information
- ICD-10-CM Coding
- Overview of ICD-10-CM
- Key Features
- Organization of the Codebook
- Index to Diseases and Injuries
- Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries
- Coding Conventions
- Official Guidelines
- CPT Coding
- Overview of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)
- Category I, Category II, and Category III Codes
- Organization of the Codebook
- Main CPT Sections
- Evaluation and Management
- Pathology and Laboratory
- Code Modifiers
- HCPCS Level II Coding
- Overview of HCPCS Level II
- Organization of the Codebook
- Durable Medical Equipment
- ICD-10-PCS Coding
- Overview of ICD-10-PCS
- Code Structure
- Code Tables
- Coding Steps
- Pharmacology for Coders
- Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics
- Routes of Administration
- Drug Classifications
- Prescription Drugs and Over-the-Counter Drugs
- Controlled Substances
- Medication Lists and the Electronic Health Record
- Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)
- Deficiencies in Documentation
- Medical Necessity
- Coding From Patient Documentation
- Insurance Claims
- National Uniform Claim Committee
- CMS-1500 Claim Form
- Patient and Insured Information
- Physician or Supplier Information
- UB-04 Claim Form
- Commercial Insurance
- Individual/Group Health Insurance, Automobile, Disability, Liability, Workers' Compensation
- Completing Commercial Health Insurance Claims
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- History of BCBS
- Types of BCBS Plans
- Participating/Nonparticipating Providers
- BCBS Billing and Payment Guidelines
- Medicare Eligibility
- Medicare Part A, B, C, and D
- National Coverage Determinations/Local Coverage Determinations
- Participating/Nonparticipating Providers
- Physician Fee Schedule
- Medicare Billing and Payment Guidelines/NCCI
- Medicaid, CHIP, TRICARE, Workers' Compensation
- Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- Workers' Compensation
- Selecting the Right Certification
- Study Strategies for the Certification Exam
- Prior to the Exam
- Morning of the Exam
- During the Exam
- How to Find a Job in Medical Billing and Coding
- Formulating Your Career Goals
- What Employers Want
- Showcasing Your Skills
- Resume Tips
- Cover Letter Tips
- Interview Questions
Instructors & Support
Stacey O'Brien has more than 10 years of experience in medical coding and reimbursement. Ms. O'Brien has been a risk adjustment coder for a Medicare advantage plan, audited medical records for a consulting firm, and currently supervises the coding and electronic claims submission process for a group medical practice. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a CPC coding certification from the AAPC.
Sharon L. Blackford
Sharon L. Blackford, MA, BA, RMA, has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She has a Master's degree in Organizational Management, a Bachelor's degree in Business Management, and has served as a Registered Medical Assistant since 1994. Sharon was an active duty Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army for 10 years. Sharon later moved to the Gulf Coast to accept a position as the Director of Education of Blue Cliff College and was promoted to Campus Director.
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.
Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. She worked as a medical office manager for ten years, where she recruited and trained all medical assistants. Nancy holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.
LaTisha Cottingham has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has six years of teaching experience in the field of medical billing and coding and Medical Assisting. Currently she is employed as an HIM Analyst for a Long-Term Care establishment that is based out of Alabama. Previously she was employed as the lead instructor for the Allied Health Department for a local career institute. LaTisha's field of expertise is in the area of physician-based inpatient coding and Emergency Department coding. The certifications that she holds are as follows: a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), and a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). In preparation for ICD-10-CM, LaTisha received her ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Certification from American Health Information Association (AHIMA), where she is currently a member. LaTisha is also a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the National Healthcare Association (NHA) where she is a test proctor.
Lydia S. Stewart
Lydia S. Stewart, RN, BSN, currently serves as the Revenue Cycle Manager at a large regional medical center. Lydia has been a Registered Nurse for 23 years, 15 of those years specializing in Critical Care Nursing and supervision. She is responsible for Medical Audits, Charge Capture, and governmental compliance audits and reviews. Lydia is a member of the Louisiana Medical Auditor Association and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
Bunny Reeves is the senior ambulatory surgery coder at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She trains student coders at Maimonides Medical Center and previously trained and supervised entry-level coders at Staten Island's St. Vincent Medical Center. Reeves is a Certified Coding Specialist, accredited by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Hilary Khouri has ten years of experience in the medical field. After college, she began her medical career working in the front office of a group practice handling daily administrative tasks. Her medical experience also includes working at a healthcare consulting firm, where she reviewed electronic health records for completeness and educated providers on documentation improvement in addition to performing risk adjustment coding. She holds a bachelor's in fashion merchandising from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) through the University of Alabama.
Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.
There are no prerequisites to take these courses.
In order to sit for the national certification exam, candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook device.
- PC: Windows 10or later operating systems.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Microsoft Word Online
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Other: Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbook, workbook, and codebooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
- Medical Terminology for Health Professions
- Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary
- Medical Assisting: Administrative & Clinical Competencies, by Michelle Blesi
- Workbook to Accompany Medical Assisting: Administrative & Clinical Competencies, by Michelle Blesi
- Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Billing and Reimbursement
- Accompanying Workbook: Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Billing and Reimbursement
- ICD-10-CM Expert for Physicians
- CPT Professional
- HCPCS Level II Professional
Choice of study guide/voucher package upon course completion:
- CBCS Study Guide
- Professional Review Guide for the CCA Examination and ICD-10-PCS Expert
- Official CPC Certification Study Guide
Please Note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.
*The course includes the current year of coding books, and you will be responsible for purchasing your updated coding books from year to year.
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This course also prepares you for three other certifications: 1) Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam, offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), 2) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, offered by American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam, offered by AHIMA. You will receive a voucher for the certification exam of your choosing after successfully completing the course.
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