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Medical billers and coders communicate between medical offices, patients, and insurance companies. They work with healthcare professionals to clarify diagnoses and assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure. This information is provided to insurance companies to help determine coverage and/or payment. If you are seeking a career in healthcare but would prefer to work in an administrative role, medical billing and coding is ideal.
Employment in this area is expected to grow faster than average; individuals with a background in medical coding are predicted to be in particularly high demand.
Students in the Medical Billing and Coding Program at the HoHoKus Schools train using with some of the latest medical records technology used by healthcare organizations, insurance companies and the government. They may also transfer their credits to the Health Information Technology (HIT) associate degree program at Eastwick College, which continues the medical billing and coding concentration.
Graduates of the medical billing and coding program are eligible to sit for certifications in Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Billing Coding Specialist (CBCS), Insurance & Coding Specialist (NCICS), and Microsoft Office Specialist.
Medicine and Health Care
A career path as a medical assistant allows you get to experience both sides of the medical field, performing administrative and front desk tasks, and hands-on medical procedures, both key roles in a medical organization.
Medical assistants are often the first person someone sees when they step into the doctor’s office, working at the front desk where they greet patients, schedule appointments and file a patient’s medical records. When they’re not handling traditional office duties, medical assistants perform a variety of medical tasks, which can include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining procedures to patients, preparing patients for examinations and assisting physicians.
Graduates of the MA program at Eastwick College are able to return at any time to earn an associate degree in as little as six months using their previously earned credits.
The objective of the Medical Assisting Science program is to prepare an individual to enter the medical field in the capacity of medical assistant, medical office manager or medical secretary. Other opportunities exist in the hospital setting as a patient care technician, ECG technician, stress test technician, phlebotomist, unit secretary, or ward clerk.
Frequently asked questions about medical assisting
What is medical assisting?
Medical assisting refers to a large group of disciplines related to the delivery of health care to humans through the application of science, mathematics and technology. In other words, it is the field in which knowledge is taken from pure science and other related sources and applied to practical and clinical practices to maintain and improve the health of living beings. The branches of health science are virtually endless, spanning traditional and conventional Western medicine as well as alternative and folk medicine.
What do students learn to become a medical assistant
- Scheduling patient appointments
- Maintaining medical records, and billing and coding information for insurance
- Preparing patients for examination
- Helping physicians with patient examinations
- Taking and recording vital signs, such as blood pressure
- Drawing blood
- Preparing blood samples for laboratory tests
- Giving patients injections or medications as directed by a physician (in some states)
- Patient care
- Appointment setting
- Patient preparation
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Electronic medical records
- Medical terminology
What type of places positions do medical assistant students work in after graduation?
- Private Practices
- Blood Centers
What certifications and affiliations are offered through the medical assisting program?
Graduates are eligible for Medical Assistant Certification (MAC), EKG Technician Certification (ETC), Phlebotomy Technician Certification (PTC), and Insurance & Coding Specialist (NCICS).
What kind of person would do well as a medical assistant ?
Self motivated, passionate and good communicator.