The Career Center – Adult Technical Training is pleased to announce to addition of the program, Medical Billing Specialist.
The Medical Billing Specialist program will provide students with the coding skills used in medical billing, as well as administrative skills required in a medical office. The student will also cover in-depth study of medical terms from a systems perspective of medical coding using ICD10 & CPT as they relate to billing and reimbursement.
The program will be 12 months with classes offered both daytime (Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM) and evening (Monday – Thursday 5:30 PM – 9:30) PM.
For more information please contact:
Lenora Lada at 740-373-6283 or email@example.com
The Career Center’s Adult Technical Training Center recently celebrated the graduation of the Certified Medical Assistant Program class with all program graduates passing their certification.
Graduates of the program completed one-year (900-Hours) of training focusing on; pharmacology, medical office procedures, nutrition, anatomy & physiology, phlebotomy, medical law and ethics, microbiology, medication administration, and coding. The graduates are now eligible to sit for the Certification Examination of the American Association of Medical Assistants, administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners.
The Certified Medical Assistant designation (CMA) is a national credential awarded by the AAMA, indicating that the Medical Assistant meets certain standards of competence. In addition to taking vital signs and preparing patients for, and assisting doctors with, patient examinations, the Medical Assistant collects and prepares laboratory specimens and performs basic laboratory tests. They utilize medical office administration as well as medical terminology and coding, and also may perform clinical procedures.
According to Lenora Lada Medical Programs Coordinator, the CMA (AAMA) is the only medical assisting certification that requires graduation from a postsecondary medical assisting program accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Many factors combine to create a driving force for an increased demand for medical assistants who have a current CMA (AAMA) certification: legal perils, managed care pressures, state and federal laws, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. On August 23, 2012 the centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ruled that only “credentialed medical assistant” would be allowed to enter medication, laboratory, and radiology orders into the computerized provider order entry system for meaningful use purposes for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.
Lada also shared that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job prospect for medical assistants is one of the fastest growing professions and it is projected to grow by 34% in the 2008-2018 decade.
Ruth Callihan, LPN and class instructor added the CMA’s will be seeing their jobs and roles change drastically due to the Affordable Health Care Bill. The medical industry has just started to see the changes due to receiving and billing Medicare and Medicaid. Employers are now being told that their employees must be certified to continue billing these agencies and receiving monies for their services. Callihan also stated the CMA’s are eligible to test for certifications such as Phlebotomy and STNA, which is an added bonus and skill when seeking employment and advancement in the medical field.
The Career Center, Adult Technical Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).
Pictured left to right, front row; April Crall, Nicole Tucker, Jon Anderson, Sara Hopp and Dariene Gregor. Back row; Terri Matheny, Gayla Rexroad, Melissa Frederick, Linda Sciance, Suzan Sunseri, Marie Frye and Ruth Callihan.
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