Friday, August 4 2017

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) Career

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The healthcare industry  is expected to have the fastest employment growth in the next years. The constantly growing demand for specialized professionals in the medical sector offers stability, advancement, and good pay outlook. Highly trained Medical Administrative Assistants are in need. Explore what is required to become a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA), and if this is the right career choice for you.

Medical Administrative Assistants - what do they do?

Medical Administrative Assistants are healthcare specialized individuals who perform clerical duties in a medical surroundings. They are the first person we get to interact with at a physician's office, clinic, urgent care, etc. Medical administrative assistants are intermediaries between the patients, the medical provider, insurance companies, and other healthcare providers necessary for a complete patient care. The job responsibilities can vary depending on the size and specialty of the medical facility. Typical duties of an Administrative Medical Assistant include:

  • answering phones and taking messages,

  • scheduling and confirming appointments,

  • checking-in and checking-out patients,

  • managing medical records ,

  • verifying insurance coverage,

  • completing and submitting insurance claims,

  • performing medical coding and billing,

  • processing patients payments for medical services,

  • arranging for patients hospitalization,

  • providing customer service to patients.


Necessary Skills

Whether you work as an administrative assistant in a medical or corporate environment you should demonstrate exceptional skills in: organizing, multitasking, problem solving, teamwork, and time management.  Being detail oriented is definitely an advantage when working in a field where accuracy is of high importance. This is a very fast paced profession, therefore the ability to work under pressure is a must.The workday is filled with human interactions, therefore you must be a good communicator and a people person. Employers may ask you to complete a customer service assessment test during the application process.  


How to become a Medical Administrative Assistant

Although in some states there are no formal educational requirements most employers generally require administrative medical assistants to be graduated from a post-secondary educational program. Many have a high school diploma,  or equivalent and gain knowledge of their responsibilities at the workplace. High school students considering this profession should take courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy.  

Certification, in today’s world, is the fastest way to earn credentials necessary to start a new career, or to advance in a current one. Certifications are more specialized, than traditional education, and are focused on acquiring a particular set of skills . For employers it simply means that there is less on-the-job training required, which saves them time, resources, and money. The Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) is a nationally recognized certification.

To be eligible to become a CMAA you have to be knowledgeable in : office administration, medical terminology, legal and ethical issues in medical practice (including HIPPA), communication with patients, medical coding, billing procedures, Electronic Health Records (EHR) management.

You can start your dream career, get promoted, and boost your earning potential in just a few months. Don’t settle, stand out, and advance your career by getting certified.


Pay And Job Outlook

The healthcare industry is in demand for highly trained office staff in: medical office administration, procedures, medical terminology and technology, medical law and ethics. Additionally managing health records and medical billing is becoming much more high-tech. Medical administrative assistants with electronic health records (EHR), medical coding and billing training are becoming the new standard. This is one of the fastest growing careers in the healthcare industry. CMAA’s can work at clinics, urgent care facilities, dental offices, nursing homes, chiropractic offices, hospitals, insurance companies.

According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics:

"Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to complete both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry. In addition, the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform, increasing patient access to medical care. Medical assistants who earn certification and have familiarity with EHRs may have better job prospects."


Average salary for CMAA as reported by www.payscale.com

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Friday, June 2 2017

Health Information Management (HIM) Career

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In the recent years we see more and more Information Technology (IT) implementation in the healthcare field. The traditional way of running a medical facility is rapidly changing through Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Personal Health Records (PHRs), Health Information Exchange (HIE), Electronic Prescribing, Medical Coding and Billing, etc. Everything is happening online and instantly. The need for Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) professionals is on the rise. 

 

 

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Advantages Of Online Education

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With constantly evolving technology and instant access to information the traditional educational system is transforming. We see more online courses offered by colleges and universities. In our fast-paced and busy world, where we have to juggle all the life’s responsibilities, eLearning is gaining popularity as an alternative to a traditional education for many reasons.

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Tuesday, May 30 2017

Soft skills for success

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In the professional world we come across terms like hard skills and soft skills. What is the difference? Are they necessary to succeed in the professional world?



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Wednesday, January 25 2017

Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Career

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There are many things to question when choosing to start a new career. How much will I get paid? Will I find a job easily? What is required of me in order to be successful in this field? Before starting a career as a Pharmacy Technician, there is some important information you should know and take into consideration. Pharmacy_Tech.jpg

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Monday, January 2 2017

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Career

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When changing or starting a career path many things need to be considered: employment rate, required training, earning potential, soft skills, experience, advancement opportunities, etc. If you are considering becoming a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) here are some facts you should know before you decide, whether to pursue this career or not.

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Friday, December 16 2016

The Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Career

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Considering a career as a Medical Assistant? Here are few things you need to know.

Medical Assisting is certainly a very demanding but fulfilling career with many advancement and growth opportunities. If you enjoy helping others, and like working face to face with people than this is the profession for you. Medical Assistants interact with patients every day, and the patients are their main focus.

Medical Assistants work in hospitals, clinics, private practices, ambulatory care and other settings. Where there is a physician there is a medical assistant, helping behind the scenes with patient care. They are trained to perform administrative and clinical assignments.

Medical Assistants must display a wide range of specific skills and more than a basic medical knowledge. You must demonstrate a high level of accuracy, adaptability, collaboration, teamwork, multitasking, prioritizing, and interpersonal skills. But above all you have to be a people person and a great communicator because you will be interacting with patients at all times.If you have an outgoing personality, positive attitude, you smile a lot, you are an emphatic active listener, than this is  a great careers choice for you.

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Wednesday, July 6 2016

Open the door to a career in HIM as an Electronic Health Records Specialist

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HIM professions are in high demand. the applications of EHRs and medical coding is providing various opportunities for career advancement and in the healthcare sector. Critical information about our health, prescription medications, allergies and results of previous tests to be accurate and instantly available has become very important and demanding component of today's health care operations.

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Wednesday, June 29 2016

The ECG / EKG Technologist and Certified Electrocardiograph Technician (CET) Career

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Discover the benefits of becoming an EKG tech and begin saving lives in this gratifying and rapidly growing health career. 
EKG technicians specialize in electrocardiography. As EKG technology is expanding, well-trained EKG technicians are becoming a demanding and integral part of health care and patient management. 

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Wednesday, June 22 2016

The Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Career

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The Certified Medical Assistant (CMAA / CCMA) is the most recognized national certification. Medical Assistants (CMA’s) perform day to day clinical and administrative operations of a medical facility. They are the first point of contact at a doctor’s office, clinic, urgent care, etc . and the link between the patients, nurse, doctor, the medical facility and the insurance company.

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Wednesday, April 27 2016

Phlebotomist Careers and Mobile Phlebotomy

There are more than 1 billion blood draws in the United States each year and healthcare laboratory tests is a substantial part of a 2.7 trillion dollar US healthcare market. Seventy percent of the US healthcare expenses derive from laboratory testing representing 13 percent of the whole US gross domestic product. This market is massive and continually expanding and has called for improvements and the reinvention of phlebotomy processes to improve laboratory access to diagnostic blood draws and testing. 

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Tuesday, April 19 2016

College Tuition vs Inflation

College Tuition vs Inflation and The Family Financial Burden

Across the nation the inflated cost of college tuition vs inflation has become a major issue for many families and these trends will ultimately discourage most low and middle-income families from considering a college education as a practical option.  

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Wednesday, April 6 2016

Electrocardiographic ECG Technologist Career

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Begin saving lives as an Electrocardiographic Technologist and discover the benifits of this gratifying and rapidly growing health career.

Electrocardiographic Technologist perform processes and administer equipment that assesses, screens, and reports the electrical activity of a patients' cardiovascular system.

After 22 weeks education and training, you can become an ECG Technologist and meet the qualifications to take the Certified Electrocardiograph Technician (CET) exam.

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Wednesday, January 20 2016

Importance And Benefits Of Employees Career Development

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Career advancement is a very important component in running a successful business and unfortunately often neglected by employers. The notion that everyone is replaceable does not create a healthy work environment. People want to do better, achieve, advance, and get recognized for their accomplishments and dedication. But except more workload, longer hours, higher expectations, and no private life the majority of employers do not offer anything else, regardless of what the promises were during the hiring process, and this is not adding value to the business or the workforce. Ignoring employee career development is a costly mistake.

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Saturday, January 16 2016

The Phlebotomy Front Door To Your Health Career

Learn what is required to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

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