The Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding (AMS/MBC) online program will give you the skills you need to find the job YOU are looking for as an Administrative Medical Specialist (AMS), Medical Billing Specialist, and/or Medical Coder. In addition to the extensive medical insurance billing and coding modules, you will learn all the other administrative tasks performed in a typical medical office – including appointment scheduling, patient check-in, registration, and check-out, accounts receivable and payable management, bookkeeping, and office management – to name just a few.
Gatlin Education Services has also partnered with National Healthcareer Association (NHA) to register and prepare you for skills certification in two areas. Included in the tuition for AMS/MBC is a voucher for a study guide, preparation course, and the registration fee for the dual CMAA/CBCS (Certified Medical Administrative Assistant/Certified Billing Coding Specialist) certification credential.
Upon successful completion of the Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position doing medical billing or coding in a medical office setting and will be prepared to sit for the national certification exam.
The medical industry is experiencing a tremendous demand for individuals with knowledge of medical office operations, which includes billing and coding, processing insurance forms, and using medical software. According to the American Medical Association, there are more than 1.2 million Medical Specialists in the United States. This profession is listed as one of the fastest growing professions in allied health.
The career of an administrative medical specialist is a challenging one with new opportunities arising continuously. Job security is high for an individual who understands claims processing and billing regulations, possesses sharp coding skills, and is successful in appealing under-paid or denied insurance claims. Recent surveys of medical office personnel Help Wanted advertisements indicate the need for individuals with these skills. With this online AMS/MBC program, students will learn the job skills they need to be successful candidates in the workforce.
In addition to the skills already mentioned, the AMS/MBC course includes legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts – including HIPAA compliance requirements, industry- specific techniques for filing, proper protocol for patient interaction and communication, medical records management, charting and documentation, telecommunication and telephone techniques, inventory management, banking, payroll and taxes, and other office management skills.
Some typical tasks for the AMS include:
- Receiving, making and documenting telephone calls.
- Scheduling appointments and registering of patient information.
- Performing insurance verification, pre-authorization and referral tasks.
- Preparing patient charts and maintaining medical records.
- Preparing and posting transactions on day sheets, charge tickets and patient accounts.
- Coding and billing insurance claims.
- Collecting patient payments and performing collection activities.
The Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding + Medical Terminology program will give students both the complete AMS/MBC program plus a 60 hour Medical Terminology course!
Students should be proficient in keyboarding, have a basic understanding of a word-processing computer program (Microsoft Word recommended), and have a command of English grammar and punctuation. No healthcare work experience is required.
The Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding online course must have:
- IBM Compatible (PC) computer running Windows 98 or any later version up to Windows XP
- CD ROM drive (for installing the Medical Office Simulation Software (MOSS©).
- Students need to have access to a word-processing program, preferably Microsoft Word.
- Students must have internet access. While the program will work from a dial-up connection, high-speed Internet access (like DSL or Cable) is recommended.
The Medical Office Software Simulation (MOSS) is not currently compatible with Windows Vista Operating System. A Macintosh computer will not work for this course.
GES will provide the following materials:
Administrative Medical Assisting- Text & Workbook (Fordney)
Medical Language for Modern Health Care
Getting Started in the Computerized Medical Office: Fundamentals & Practice with Medical Office Simulation Software (MOSS©) (Correa)
Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Insurance Billing (Green, Rowell, Williamson)
Current Year CPT-4 Coding Manual
Current Year ICD-9-CM Coding Manual
Merriam-Webster’s Medical Desk Dictionary
The coding reference materials provided will be current with the exam applicable at the time of enrollment.