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Career Outlook: Becoming a Medical Administrative Assistant

Completing an AAS in Medical Administration can be a significant asset when applying for positions as a medical administrative assistant, often referred to as a medical secretary. Working at the front desk of a hospital, health clinic, or physician’s office is a very specific niche for administrative assistants. In addition to answering phones, greeting patients, and maintaining confidential medical files, medical secretaries must be fluent in medical terminology and billing and coding procedures. A competent medical secretary must have a thorough understanding of the complex legal and ethical issues surrounding a patients’ medical information, and be sensitive and respectful of a variety of interpersonal relationships when communicating with patients, their families, and health insurance representatives.

When students complete their AAS in Medical Administration at Bryant & Stratton, they will have completed all of the requirements to obtain a successful and rewarding career as a medical secretary. Currently, the project growth outlook for medical secretaries through 2020 is significantly faster than average.

Here is a list of medical administration requirements that are integral to beginning a your career as a medical administration assistant. Read More…

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Now Enrolling for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Bryant & Stratton College is proud to offer our Occupational Therapy Assistant program at four campus locations.

Students can now enroll in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program in New York, Ohio and Wisconsin:

  • Eastlake – 440-510-1112 – 35350 Curtis Blvd, Eastlake, OH 44095
  • Greece – 585-720-0660 – 854 Long Pond Rd, Rochester, NY 14612
  • Syracuse – 315-472-6603 – 953 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13203
  • Wauwatosa – 414-302-7000 – 10950 W Potter Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 Read More…
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A Day in the Life of a Medical Administrative Assistant

Pursuing a career as a Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA) is a wise choice for those who want to work in the expanding field of healthcare, without making the time and financial commitments required for clinical positions, such as doctors or nurses. MAAs often earn higher than average salaries and can complete their educational training program within a single calendar year. A Medical Administrative Assistant provides a vital role for the medical facility and/or office in which they work. It is their responsibility to keep the office running smoothly and efficiently. They also serve as their facility’s ambassadors to patients, fellow medical facilities, insurance companies, and the general public.

MAAs are often the first contact, and therefore form the first impression, clients have with the medical staff. They must be organized, compassionate, pay strict attention to detail, and be willing to do whatever it takes to keep things running smoothly. They need to have a proficient understanding of medical terminology and the human body in order to speak fluently with doctors, nurses, patients, and insurance providers. Here is a glimpse at a day in the life of a Medical Administrative Assistant. Read More…

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Becoming a Healthcare Services Administrator

Career growth opporunities in the healthcare field are not reserved to patient care. Career opportunities on the business side of the field are also in demand and a degree in heath service administration prepares students for such positions.

If you’re someone who likes dealing with people as well as the intersection of healthcare and business, earning a healthcare administration degree might be a great fit. Healthcare administrators and managers work in a variety of healthcare settings – hospitals, government health departments, private physician facilities, health insurance companies, etc. – and have the opportunity to plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. Read More…

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Medical Reimbursement and Coding Careers: Where to Work?

A degree in Medical Reimbursement & Coding provides students with distinct career options within the medical field. Bryant & Stratton’s Medical Reimbursement and Coding degree program prepares students for work in either a physician or hospital setting.

If you are earning an associates degree in medical billing and coding  you could be on track for a rewarding career. The field is expected to continue to grow, despite advancements in technology that help make the process of reimbursement and coding more efficient. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that employment of professionals in this field is expected to grow by 21 percent between 2010 and 2020. This expansion demonstrates the need for qualified and trained professionals in the field.

Students attending medical billing and coding schools will have options in terms of work environment after graduation. For example, did you know that medical reimbursement and coding professionals sometimes work in insurance offices? More commonly though jobs are in a hospital or a physician’s office and understanding the difference between the two environments could help you better prepare for a career that fits your professional interest and personality. Read More…

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Is a Medical Reimbursement and Coding Degree Right for You?

Are you looking to enter a health-related field but are more interested in technical responsibilities over patient care? Earning an associates degree in medical billing and coding may be a good fit for you then.

Medical reimbursement and coding is a growing career field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts employment in the field will grow 21 percent by 2020. With an aging Baby Boomer population and surging population growth worldwide, the healthcare system will need more trained and qualified professionals to track diagnoses, procedures and services.

The BLS describes this profession as the organization and management of “health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.” Read More…

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Three Great Careers in Medical Billing and Coding

Medical billing and coding careers are a popular choice for adults who are returning to school to finish their education and advance their professional horizons. In addition to providing salaries, and future job growth statistics that are higher than average, medical billing and coding is a career that provides a great degree of flexibility. Medical billing and coding professionals can work in wide range of professional settings, including hospitals, doctors offices, and health clinics. You will have the ability to work from home, and can eventually start a billing and coding company, overseeing your own staff.

Here are examples of the types of careers you can enjoy with an AAS in Medical Reimbursement and Coding from Bryant & Stratton College. All information pertaining to the projected job growth statistics through 2020 have been taken from O*NETOnLine.org. Read More…

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A Student’s Guide to ICD 10

The upcoming transition to ICD-10 is a hot topic in the healthcare community. Learn more about the transition and how Bryant & Stratton is preparing Medical Reimbursement and Coding degree students for this change.

If you’re a student earning an associates degree in medical billing and coding, then you’ve probably heard about a big change on the horizon. The field is abuzz about the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.

ICD stands for International Classification of Disease and is a United Nations-sponsored World Health Organization standard diagnostic tool for epidemiology, health management and clinical purposes. This guide sets the standard for how professional medical coders assign alphanumeric code(s) to a patient’s record. Read More…

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Careers in Healthcare with Online Certificate Programs

If you are interested in pursuing a profession which helps people, offers a variety of different work environments, and provides multiple outlets for professional advancement, a career in healthcare is a perfect fit. The healthcare industry encompasses a seemingly infinite array of positions, from administration and billing professionals, nurses and doctors, to upper-level management positions. One thing they all have in common is they require some form of certification and/or degree before you can be considered for employment.

Fortunately, no matter how busy you are, online certificate programs make it easy and affordable for you to receive the degree and/or certification you need to obtain a satisfying career in healthcare. Online certification programs are flexible enough to work with any schedule.

  • Are you a single mom?
  • Are you tired of working full-time without any hope of career advancement?
  • Do you regret that you never received any education after high school?

Consider how jobs in healthcare can transform your life. Read More…

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Career Overview: Medical Reimbursement and Coding

It is not about billing customers.

That is what professors in Bryant & Stratton’s Medical Reimbursement and Coding degree program say many new students think of when they think medical coding.

But crunching numbers is not how graduates in this field will spend their days.

Instead, reimbursement and coding specialists immerse themselves in understanding biology and medical terminology. They have to understand how the body works, what diagnosis is linked to that body part and then learn to correctly code those so that insurance companies can accurately pay each claim.

Students will pick one of two tracks to study: hospital (inpatient) or physician’s office (outpatient).

Once the claims are coded, the billing side of the operation then submits the claims. Depending on the size of the employer, there may be a separate department for each step in the process, meaning employees may only code or only bill. In a smaller physician’s office, a much smaller staff may be tasked with the entire process.

This field also offers a huge ability to work from home and potentially work for yourself, completing coding assignments for different physicians. However, that requires experience and becoming well-known in medical circles.

Basic facts for Medical Administrative Assistant and Medical Coding, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (for 2012, the last available data)

Median Pay: $34,160 per year ($16.42 per hour)

Number of jobs, nationwide: 186,300

Rate of job growth: 22 percent per year

What will you study: physiology, biology, HIPPA laws

Growth Opportunities: Some doctors will hire experienced employees without credentials, if you have any dreams of moving up in the industry, or working from home as a contractor, you have to become credentialed and work toward earning more certifications to add to your degree.

Professional Resources: To learn more about careers as a medical reimbursement and coding specialist, check out these professional associations related to the field. Each of these organizations can help you find information, connect with mentors and research job opportunities.

The Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists, http://www.pahcs.org/

American Health Information Management Association, http://library.ahima.org/xpedio/groups/public/documents/web_assets/bok_home.hcsp

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