Online Career Training Class

Medical Administrative Assistant

Santa Monica College
COMMUNITY EDUCATION

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Class ID: GES143
(New lessons are released at your own pace
in this 360 hour course.)
Tuition:  $2,695.00

Overview

The CBCS Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding is geared towards students who are interested in obtaining a career in the healthcare industry, but have little to no experience within the sector. This comprehensive program will provide a foundation of medical vocabulary, to help you better understand doctors’ notes and medical record contents. It will also teach you essential medical office management skills that healthcare managers look for, when hiring new front office staff.

Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exams offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The registration fee for both exams are included with this program. This program will also prepare you to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam.

Objectives

After successful completion of Administrative Medical Specialist, you will be able to function as an important member of the healthcare team in the area of office administration. You will also learn how to do the following:

  • Communicate in the healthcare industry, including therapeutic and multicultural communication
  • Reduce occupational hazards in the workplace, including blood-borne pathogens.
  • Safeguard patient confidentiality in the computerized medical office, discover the importance of the medical record, and learn the ambulatory use of the electronic medical record (EMR)
  • Screen and take appropriate messages and fax confidential information
  • Use different types of patient scheduling systems
  • Recognize the contents of the medical record, including SOAP notes, consultations, discharge summaries and operative reports and distinguish what makes them accurate and complete
  • Learn the aspects of payables and receivables and become familiar with bookkeeping and practice management software

After successful completion of Medical Billing and Coding, you will be able to do the following:

  • Adhere to legal concepts, such as advance directive, living will, power of attorney, and guardianship
  • Explain the HIPAA Privacy Rule
  • Safeguard and disclose protected health information (PHI)
  • Recognize the implications of health insurance fraud and abuse
  • Discover the five models of managed care organizations.
  • Assign accurate codes from the ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS Level II coding manuals
  • Assign accurate codes from the ICD-10-CM Official Draft Code Set
  • Develop an insurance claim
  • Use the electronic data interchange (EDI)
  • Recognize health insurances delivered by private companies and government-sponsored programs

In Medical Terminology, you can proficiently complete the following tasks:

  • Use medical terminology, and learn the origins of medical words
  • Identify the major regions of the body
  • Differentiate cells, tissues, organs, systems and cavities
  • Accurately spell the terminology for body systems, including the integumentary system, the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and the endocrine system
  • Interpret terms related to diagnosis and clinical procedures and identify and list the definitions of surgical terms
  • Recognize which medications correspond with various disorders and treatments

Details

Administrative medical assistants are skilled multi-taskers who direct the flow of patients through an office.  Effective patient flow allows the practice to operate efficiently, increase revenue, and provide a positive experience for the patient. 

This program offers valuable training in medical office management and legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts that are central to this field, including HIPAA compliance and third-party guidelines for filing insurance claims. You will gain hands-on, practical experience in medical billing and coding and work with the main coding manual ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS Level II. You will learn how to code diagnoses, services, and procedures for all systems of the body.

Medical Terminology is the language of medicine. You will study word parts and the structures and functions of the human body. You will also study disorders and medical procedures common to each body system, including musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, integumentary, genitourinary, lymphatic, and immune.

You'll also have the option to complete the all-new Career Roadmap lesson for Medical Billing and Coding. This lesson will help you find, land, and keep a job in your new field. These job-finding and job-landing skills will serve you now and throughout the rest of your career. Upon completion of this program, you’ll be well prepared to find your place in this rewarding healthcare career. You will also be able to sit for Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exams offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA), the registration fee for both exams are included with this program.

This program will also prepare you to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam. This program is entirely online and is completed at your own pace. When you register, you receive twelve (12) months to complete this program.

About The Instructor

Nancy Smith has almost 30 years of experience in healthcare education. After graduating from college with a degree in vocational education, she taught administrative medical programs in vocational schools and community colleges. In addition, she has professional experience as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, medical records auditor, and medical office manager. She is a member of AHIMA and has a CCS-P coding certification. She currently audits medical records for reimbursement and resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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, including billing and coding, for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems and a master's degree in Leadership. She is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM). She owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Education Services, Inc. She is currently completing a textbook on the new ICD-10 coding system and is completing a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management with a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification.

LaTrisha Howard has over 10 years experience in the healthcare industry. LaTrisha has expertise in coding Inpatient, Outpatient, and ER medical records. In addition to Ms. Howard’s experience in coding, she has experience in chart auditing and physician education. She is currently working as an ER Coder/Auditor for a physician billing and consulting service, and currently holds the CCS and CPC certification, as well as being a member of AHIMA and AAPC.

Shonda Miles is a Certified Professional Coder, Certified Professional Medical Auditor, and holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration, Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Management). Shonda Miles has over 6 years in the healthcare industry. Shonda has expertise in coding and chart auditing Inpatient, Outpatient, and ER medical records. She is a member of AAPC, NAMAS and ACHE. She is currently employed with a university hospital as a Compliance Auditor.. She resides in Shreveport, LA.

Lydia S. Stewart, RN, BSN received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. Lydia currently serves as the Revenue Cycle Manager at a large regional medical center in Northeast Louisiana. Lydia has been a Registered Nurse for 23 years, 15 of those years specializing in Critical Care Nursing and supervision.

Lydia has mentored hundreds of nurses throughout the course of her nursing career. She is responsible for Medical Audits, Charge Capture, and governmental compliance audits and reviews. She performs revenue cycle fundamental and charging education to department directors and hospital staff. Lydia collaborates with the business office to rectify billing edit issues. She performs managed care reviews for accurate payment. Lydia also serves as an independent charge master and reimbursement consultant to area outpatient service centers. Lydia is a member of the Louisiana Medical Auditor Association and HFMA.

Sharon L. Blackford, MA, BA, RMA has over 30 years’ 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.She is originally from Chicago, Illinois and has worked in the United States Army. Sharon joined the US Army when she was 20 years old and was an active duty Clinical Specialist for 10 years. She was trained at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., and her first duty station was Ft. Carson, Colorado Springs, Colorado, as a Labor and Delivery nurse. She also worked in Ft. Devens, Massachusetts in a Combat Support Hospital and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii in both the Troop Medical Clinics and Family Practice on the Island of Oahu.

After 10 years active duty she worked as a Hemodialysis Technician at Parkland Hospital in the Outpatient Dialysis Unit. She has worked in Rheumatology, Surgical Oncology, and Family Practice, and has been the Practice Administrator of Neurology, Cardiovascular, and Urology Practices. She was a Medical Assisting Instructor for various Allied Health Schools in the Metroplex in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. She has been the Director of Education of two proprietary schools Remington College in Shreveport, LA and Ultrasound Diagnostic School in Irving, Texas. She moved to the Gulf Coast to accept a position as the Director of Education of Blue Cliff College was promoted to Campus Director.

Bunny Reeves is the senior ambulatory surgery coder at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She ensures that all charges are captured using appropriate CPT, ICD-9 codes, and modifiers. Bunny has trained and supervised entry-level coders at St. Vincent Medical Center in Staten Island and currently trains student coders at Maimonides Medical Center. She has many years of experience in inpatient and professional coding. In 2007, Ms. Reeves became a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) through the nationally known organization, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).