Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist + Medical Terminology (Vouchers Included)

The Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist plus Medical Terminology is an online program that will prepare you for a rewarding career in the healthcare industry. In this program, you will gain a wide range of medical office management skills that healthcare professionals need for a successful career in a medical setting.

This all-inclusive National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certified course can unlock the door to a burgeoning career....

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Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist + Medical Terminology (Vouchers Included)

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Course code: GES150

What you will learn

  • Learn best financial practices for a medical center
  • Master the fundamentals of medical terminology and ethical best practices
  • Understand the basics of working with medical documents, medical billing, and coding processes
  • Learn to manage patient visits, arrange follow-up care, and issue prescriptions
  • Keep track of vital information such as patient allergies and medications
  • Understand how to best read and interpret health records
  • Wide range of medical office management skills
  • Detailed overview across multiple areas in a certified medical administrative assistant, electronic health records and medical terminology

How you will benefit

  • Know 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
  • Establish the appropriate EHR for your practice
  • Jump-start your career as a health information clerk, medical records coordinator, electronic medical records technician, or electronic medical records specialist
  • Prepare to take the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and the Electronic Health Record Specialist Certification (CEHRS) exams offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 354 course hours
  1. Medical Terminology
    1. Introduction to Medical Terminology
    2. The Musculoskeletal System
    3. The Cardiovascular System
    4. The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
    5. The Respiratory System
    6. The Digestive System
    7. The Urinary System
    8. The Nervous System
    9. The Special Senses The Eyes and Ears
    10. The Integumentary System
    11. The Endocrine System
    12. The Reproductive System
    13. Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology
  2. Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
    1. Becoming an Administrative Medical Assistant
      1. Qualities of a Medical Assistant
      2. Job Duties
      3. Certification
      4. Scope of Practice
      5. Ambulatory Healthcare Settings
      6. The Healthcare Team
    2. Managing Stress and Improving Communication
      1. Stress and Burnout
      2. Types of Communication
      3. Barriers to Effective Communication
      4. Patient Interview Techniques
      5. The Stages of Grief
    3. Law, Ethics and Healthcare
      1. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
      2. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
      3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
      4. Informed Consent
      5. Advance Directives
      6. Ethical Guidelines for Healthcare Providers
      7. Medical Identify Theft
    4. Improving Your Medical Office
      1. The Reception Area
      2. The Medical Receptionist
      3. Safety Issues
      4. Opening and Closing the Facility
    5. Computers in the Ambulatory Care Setting
      1. Use of Computers in the Medical Office
      2. Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Electronic Health Record (EHR)
      3. Safeguarding Protected Health Information (PHI)
      4. Cloud Computing
      5. Mobile Health (mHealth)
    6. Telecommunications and Patient Scheduling
      1. Telephone Techniques
      2. Faxing
      3. Emails
      4. Patient Portal
      5. Patient Scheduling Methods
      6. Cancellations and No Shows
      7. Dealing with Irate Patients
    7. MIDTERM
    8. Medical Terminology: Word Parts, Plurals, Abbreviations
      1. Importance of Medical Terminology
      2. Understanding Word Parts: Roots, Prefixes, Suffixes
      3. Abbreviations and Acronyms in Medical Records
      4. Plural Endings
    9. Managing Medical Records
      1. Purposes of Medical Records
      2. Electronic, Paper and Hybrid Medical Records
      3. Categories of Medical Records
      4. Flow Sheets
      5. SOAP Notes
      6. Filing Paper Records
      7. Release of Information (ROI)
      8. Personal Health Record (PHR)
    10. Written Communication
      1. Components of a Business Letter
      2. Proofreading
      3. Meeting Agendas
      4. Business Emails
    11. Working with Medical Documents
      1. Purposes of Medical Records
      2. Types of Medical Record
      3. Medical Transcriptionist/Medical Scribe
      4. Electronic Signatures
    12. Medical Billing and Coding: An Overview
      1. Health Insurance Terms
      2. Private and Government-Sponsored Insurers
      3. Code Sets: ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, HCPCS Level II
      4. CMS-1500 and UB-04
      5. Electronic Claims
      6. Pre-authorizations
      7. Medical Necessity
      8. Explanation of Benefits (EOBs)
      9. Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
      10. Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN)
    13. Daily Financial Practices
      1. Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable
      2. Provider Fees
      3. Improving Patient Payments
      4. Claims Denial Strategies
      5. Practice Management Software
      6. Managing Patient Accounts
      7. Petty Cash
    14. The Administrative Medical Assistant as Office Manager
      1. Qualities of an Office Manager
      2. Job Duties
      3. Policy & Procedure Manual
      4. Staff Meetings
      5. Physician Credentialing
      6. Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)
      7. Practice Websites
  3. Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist
    1. An Overview of EHR and CEHRS
      1. What is an EHR
      2. The Importance of EHRs
      3. Efforts to Encourage EHR Adoption
      4. EHRs in the Future
      5. The Role of a CEHRS in a Medical Practice
    2. An Introduction to MOSS 3.0
      1. MOSS 3.0 Components
      2. Administrative
      3. Clinical
      4. Billing
    3. History of EHRs
      1. EHR Origins in Practice Management Systems
      2. Major Federal Initiatives to Promote EHR Adoption
      3. MIPS
    4. Steps to EHR Implementation
      1. Step 1: Assess
      2. Step 2: Plan
      3. Step 3: Select
      4. Step 4: Implement
    5. The EHR Framework
      1. EHR Architecture, Hardware, Software, Networks and Interfaces
      2. Human-Computer Interface (User) Devices
      3. Functional, Data Content, and Vocabulary Standards
      4. Feature and Data Formats
      5. Security Controls
      6. Hybrid Health Records
      7. Disaster Recovery
    6. HIPAA Requirements and EHR Systems
      1. What is HIPAA?
      2. HIPAA and CEHRS
      3. HIPAA Privacy Rule
      4. HIPAA Security Rule
    7. The EHR and Record Content
      1. Record Purposes
      2. Record Formats and Types of Data
      3. Record Standards
      4. Medical Record Content
      5. Documentation Practices
    8. Lists, Treatment Plans, Orders, and Results
      1. The Lists
      2. Summary Lists in the Office Workflow
      3. Standards – Functional, Content, and Vocabulary
    9. Patient Visit Management
      1. The EHR in an Office Workflow
      2. Master Patient Index
      3. Service Payment Information
      4. Scheduling
      5. Consents, Acknowledgements, Advance Directives, and Authorizations
    10. Coding, Billing, and Practice Reports
      1. Coding and Billing Workflow
      2. Code Sets and Clinical Vocabularies
      3. Coding, Billing, and the EHR
      4. Encoders and Computer-Assisted Coding
      5. Electronic Bill Submission
    11. Patient Communications
      1. Patient-Focused Communication
      2. Patient Portals
      3. Personal Health Records
    12. Practice Reports, Research, Registries, and Reportable Events
      1. Medical Product Development
      2. Practice Requirements
      3. Standards that Support Research
      4. Registries and Reportable Events
    13. Personal Health Records and Continuing Care Records
      1. Personal Health Record
      2. Communication Among Providers for Continuing Care
      3. Continuity of Care Record
      4. Ongoing Training and Technical Support of EHR Software

Rachael Delekta is an MBA in Healthcare Administration and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist. Rachael has been in the health care field for over ten years. She has worked mostly on the insurance side of things, as a customer service manager for dental insurance, a claims and customer service coach, and a workers' compensation case management biller and auditor. She works daily with medical records and healthcare software.

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.

Jennifer Della'Zanna has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, having worked as a medical transcriptionist, practice administrator, biller, and coding specialist. She writes courses and study guides on the use of technology in health care and regularly contributes to publications about health issues. Della'Zanna is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Albright College.

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.

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.

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).

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, 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.

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.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, in order to sit for national certification exams, candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent; therefore, it is recommended you have this before enrolling for this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • 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 or equivalent (not included in enrollment).
  • Windows Media Player or a similar program.
  • 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 textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • Administrative Medical Assisting
  • Medical Terminology for Health Professions
  • You will receive an access code from your instructor to access MOSS 3.0. MOSS 3.0 is the simulated EHR you will be using during the course for your assignments.

Yes, this course actually prepares you for two certifications. Upon completion of all your coursework, you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam and the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) exam, both offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). You will receive vouchers for both exams after successfully completing the course and your financial obligation.

The demand for Administrative Medical Assistants is high, and it is expected to grow 23 percent over the next several years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This job growth will result mainly from an increasing elderly population as well as advances in healthcare and medical office technology.

An Administrative Medical Assistant manages all the front desk activities for a hospital, doctor's office, or other medical facility. This is an integral role in healthcare as it allows doctors and other medical staff to focus on caring for patients. In this role, you will need to have excellent customer service skills as you are often the first person that patients connect with at a medical facility. You will need to be able to multitask, deal with stress well, use computer systems, handle money, and communicate clearly and concisely. You'll master all of these things and more!

A Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) is a certification earned by those who have proven their expertise in efficiently and effectively running healthcare offices. This nationally recognized designation is something that many employers are searching for in one of the fastest-growing careers today. Upon earning this certification, you'll be able to confidently handle correspondence, answer calls, schedule appointments, operate computer systems. As well as maintaining files, update and maintain patient information, and create operation reports for any medical practice—the essential duties for any administrative medical assistant.

The difference between an Administrative Medical Assistant and a Medical Assistant is that while both positions can and do perform clerical tasks, a Medical Assistant also has the ability to perform some clinical tasks such as helping with examinations, giving injections, and preparing specimens for lab tests.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Administrative Medical Assistants earn a median salary of $36,000. Your exact salary will vary, but the areas with the highest paying jobs for Administrative Medical Assistants include California, Idaho, Washington D.C., and Connecticut.

Yes. The CMAA exam consists of 110 multiple-choice questions. The questions are weighted so some are worth more points than others, and you must score a minimum of 390 points in order to pass the exam. The exam must be taken at a PSI testing center, and you will be given 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete it.

A certified electronic health records specialist (CEHRS) is someone who has demonstrated that they have the knowledge and skills to perform the important job of ensuring that patient data is secure, complete, and accurate. To achieve the nationally-recognized CEHRS designation you must prepare for and pass the CEHRS exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association.

Yes! Electronic Health Records Specialists are in high demand, and jobs are expected to increase by 13 percent through 2026 which is considered faster than average by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An aging population is expected to be the biggest contributor to this job growth.

Electronic health records specialists work in a variety of healthcare facilities including physicians' offices, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, surgery centers, and government facilities. You may even be able to work from home in this career!

A day in the life of an electronic health records specialist is one of multi-tasking. You will be responsible for auditing patient records, submitting reimbursement claims, processing requests for medical information, reviewing records, collecting insurance and demographic information from patients, and discussing patients with physicians and insurance professionals. There is a high need for specialists who are trustworthy and able to keep information confidential.

The median salary for electronic health records specialists is just over $39,000 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those working in physicians' offices have an average salary around $35,500, while those working in hospitals earn over $44,000 on average.

The CEHRS certification exam is a multiple-choice test that consists of 110 questions. The exam must be taken at a PSI testing center, and you will be given 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete it.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. In addition, NHA Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) exam vouchers are provided to you in the format of a digital registration process to enroll for the exam after successful completion of the course and financial obligation.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has a single goal: to improve the quality of patient care in all medical settings. NHA believes that increasing the knowledge, skills, and competency of healthcare professionals will result in improved patient care as well as better efficiency in the healthcare industry. NHA provides a variety of certifications that work toward achieving this goal. The organization is a nationally-recognized and highly-respected healthcare certification provider.