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Become a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
Nationwide, healthcare is one of the fastest growing fields for new jobs. This 100% online course will prepare you for a career in healthcare as a medical assistant and billing/coding specialist. By course completion, you will be ready to pass the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) national certification exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and receive a voucher which covers the fee of the exam. You will also be able to choose a voucher for the medical billing and coding certification that best aligns with your interests and career goals (CPC, CCA, or CBCS).
Job Outlook for Medical Administrative Assistant
- Medical administrative assistants combine two valuable skill sets in professions that are growing quickly, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS data indicates job opportunities for medical assistants will grow by 23% overall by 2028. According to PayScale.com, certified medical administrative assistants earn around $37,000 per year on average.
- The BLS also reports that medical billing and coding specialists earn an average annual salary of $40,350 and work in one of the fastest growing professions.
- Combining these two disciplines has potential to raise your income expectancy and value to employers.
Medical Administrative Assistant FAQs
WHAT DO MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS DO?
DO MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS NEED CERTIFICATION?
IN WHAT FACILITIES DO MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS WORK?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING A MEDICAL ASSISTANT AND A MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING SPECIALIST?
WHY SHOULD MEDICAL ASSISTANTS LEARN MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING?
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING CAREER?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CERTIFICATION EXAMS (CPC, CCA, AND CBCS)?
The Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam is offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). It is the gold standard entry-level coding certification for physician, or professional fee, coders.
The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) is offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). It is an entry-level medical coding certification across all settings--physician practices and inpatient hospital.
The Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) is offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and is currently an entry-level medical billing certification for physician practices. In the summer of 2021, the exam will transition to an entry-level billing and coding certification, with the inclusion of ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS Level II testing.
- Be fully prepared to pass the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant exam, offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and one of the following professional certifications that best aligns with your interest and career goals:
- Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
- Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
- Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
- Learn the legal, ethical, and regulatory aspects of medical office management
- Understand HIPAA compliance and third-party guidelines for filing insurance claims
- How to code diagnoses, services, and procedures for all systems of the body
- Learn medical terminology and the structures and functions of the human body
- The basics of working with medical documents, medical billing, and coding processes
I. Medical Terminology
II. Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
- Becoming an Administrative Medical Assistant
- Managing Stress and Improving Communication
- Law, Ethics and Healthcare
- Improving Your Medical Office
- Computers in the Ambulatory Care Setting
- Telecommunications and Patient Scheduling
- Medical Terminology: Word Parts, Plurals, Abbreviations
- Managing Medical Records
- Written Communication
- Working with Medical Documents
- Medical Billing and Coding: An Overview
- Daily Financial Practices
- The Administrative Medical Assistant as Office Manager
III. Medical Billing and Coding
- Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding
- Introduction to Health Insurance
- Managed Healthcare
- Revenue Cycle Management
- Legal Aspects of Health Insurance and Reimbursement
- ICD-10-CM Coding
- CPT Coding
- HCPCS Level II Coding
- ICD-10-PCS Coding
- Pharmacology for Coders
- Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)
- Insurance Claims
- Commercial Insurance
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Medicaid, CHIP, TRICARE, Workers’ Compensation
- How to Find a Job in Medical Billing and Coding