Medical Administrative Assistant Field

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Medical Administrative Assistant Field In the field of Medical Administrative Assistant, there is a multitude of career choices to branch off into. Of these many fields, the three that I choose to discuss are Medical Billing, Medical Coding and Medical Assistant. All three careers are of high demand in the medical industry and each requires the need of basic classes, with a couple of varied courses, depending on the field. Basic requirements for all include a high school diploma or GED. Most require an Associates degree, consisting of specific major courses and general liberal arts courses. Additionally, these professions can continue to advance their careers by obtaining a higher degree or attaining alternate types of specific…show more content…
Growth trends in this field are very broad. Billing specialist, patient account representative, claims processor, analyst, auditor, collector and reviewer are only some of the many options available and require additional specific certification and training. The average salary for medical billers ranges mid $30,000 to lower $40,000 (Salary.com, 2011), but depending on certain factors, can excel beyond this. Additionally, medical billers must also have solid personal skills; customer service, patience, compassion and understanding when dealing with patients, physicians, hospital staff and other associated personnel is a must. Medical Coding Medical coding, on the other hand, deals more closely with patient medical records. Medical coders work in the billing office, or “back office” of medical practices or hospitals. Alphanumeric codes are assigned to all illnesses, injuries and treatments. Medical procedures are coded for the purpose of classifying diseases in numerical sequences for identification and data collection purposes, similar to the Dewey Decimal System in libraries. Coding specialists review medical records and assign numeric codes for the diagnoses identified and procedures performed. Each medical procedure and patient encounter has a number (CPT code) associated with it which corresponds to an ICD code. These
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