A medical office specialist has what one might call one of the most important jobs in a medical office. These individuals enter medical procedure information into electronic health records and send information to insurance companies. This ensures that the procedures are coded properly in order to bring about prompt and accurate payment.
What Does it Take to Become a Medical Office Specialist?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that medical office specialists require a post-secondary non-degree award for employment, which one can earn at an ACI school. Also according to the BLS, employment in the field of medical billing and coding is expected to increase more than 20-22% to be exact, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
For individuals who want to become a medical office specialist, there are several education options from ACI – day or evening classes offered with, or without an internship. The daytime course is five days a week for 12 weeks, with or without the 100 hour internship, while the evening classes are 29 weeks in length, meeting twice each week.
Our programs include an introduction to medical office procedures as well as the duties of the medical office specialist; medical terminology and definitions related to medical records; management of electronic health records and business communication.
Students in this program also learn about the differences between different insurance plans and how to use procedural and diagnostic coding, while learning about coding compliance. They also learn how to talk about fees and the collection of unpaid fees. In that particular course, students will learn to calculate charges, explain fees and to document items with a ledger card. At Advantage Career Institute, students will also learn about the specialized tasks for a medical office specialist who works in a dental office.
Contact Advantage Career Institute today to request information on our medical office specialist education program.