Certified Medical Administrative Assistant

With Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist + Medical Terminology
Become a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant/Electronic Health Records Specialist

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Online Medical Administration & Electronic Health Records Training

Become a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant/Electronic Health Records Specialist
In today’s technology-centered healthcare system, medical administrative assistants use electronic health records (EHR) systems to track and manage patient care information. This 100% online course will train you for a career in healthcare and prepare you for the National Healthcareer Association’s Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and Certified Electronic Health Records (CEHR) certification exams.

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Job Outlook for Medical Assistant/EHR Specialists

  • Medical administrative assistants are one of the most in-demand support roles in healthcare, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS data indicates job opportunities for medical assistants will grow by 23% overall by 2028, which equates to over 150,000 new jobs.
  • Medical Records Technicians/Specialists will see similarly job growth. According to CareerExplorer.com, job opportunities for medical records specialists are expected to grow up to 13.5% by 2026.
  • In working with healthcare providers and professionals, NHA has seen a growing need for medical administrative assistants to work with EHR systems. According to PayScale.com, such highly qualified EHRS specialists can expect to earn $49,000 per year, on average.

Course Objectives

  • Prepare to take and pass the NHA’s CMAA and CEHR exams
  • Gain specialized skills needed to contribute to a healthcare team in an ambulatory setting
  • Learn the principles and practices of ethical behavior, therapeutic communication, patient privacy laws, medical terminology, and administrative procedures
  • Gain hands-on experience using real EHR software
  • Summarize the HIPAA Privacy Rule and HIPAA Security Rule
  • Summarize the basic guidelines for the administration of injections
  • Managing patient visits, arranging follow-up care, and issuing prescriptions
  • Establish the appropriate EHR for a healthcare practice
  • Track of vital information such as patient allergies and medications
  • Communicate with patients and report public health information

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Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, you will need a high school diploma or GED to take the CMAA and CEHRS exams.

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Curriculum

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

  • INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
  • THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM
  • THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
  • THE LYMPHATIC AND IMMUNE SYSTEMS
  • THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
  • THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
  • THE URINARY SYSTEM
  • THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
  • THE SPECIAL SENSES THE EYES AND EARS
  • THE INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM
  • THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
  • THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM
  • DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES, NUCLEAR MEDICINE, PHARMACOLOGY 

CERTIFIED MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

  1. BECOMING AN ADMINISTRATIVE MEDICAL ASSISTANT
  2. MANAGING STRESS AND IMPROVING COMMUNICATION
  3. LAW, ETHICS AND HEALTHCARE
  4. IMPROVING YOUR MEDICAL OFFICE
  5. COMPUTERS IN THE AMBULATORY CARE SETTING
  6. TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND PATIENT SCHEDULING
  7. MIDTERM
  8. MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY: WORD PARTS, PLURALS, ABBREVIATION
  9. MANAGING MEDICAL RECORDS
  10. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
  11. WORKING WITH MEDICAL DOCUMENTS
  12. MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING: AN OVERVIEW
  13. DAILY FINANCIAL PRACTICES
  14. THE ADMINISTRATIVE MEDICAL ASSISTANT AS OFFICE MANAGER
  15. FINAL 

CERTIFIED ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS SPECIALIST

  • AN OVERVIEW OF EHR AND CEHRS
  • STEPS TO EHR IMPLEMENTATION
  • THE EHR FRAMEWORK
  • HIPAA REQUIREMENTS AND EHR SYSTEMS
  • THE EHR AND RECORD CONTENT
  • PATIENT VISIT MANAGEMENT
  • PROBLEM, MEDICATION, AND ALLERGY LISTS
  • EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT NOTES, GRAPHICS, AND CHARTS
  • TREATMENT PLANS, ORDERS, AND RESULTS
  • MEDICATION ORDERS AND ADMINISTRATION
  • PATIENT COMMUNICATIONS
  • CODING, BILLING, AND PRACTICE REPORTS
  • RESEARCH, REGISTRIES, AND REPORTABLE EVENTS
  • PERSONAL HEALTH RECORDS AND CONTINUING CARE RECORDS

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Instructors

Nancy Smith
Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. EHR clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. She worked as a medical office manager for ten years, where she recruited and trained all medical assistants. Nancy holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.

Jennifer Della'Zanna
Jennifer Della'Zanna has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, having worked as a medical transcriptionist, practice administrator, biller, and coding specialist. She writes courses and study guides on the use of technology in health care and regularly contributes to publications about health issues. Della'Zanna is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Albright College.

Rachael Delekta
Rachael Delekta is an MBA in Healthcare Administration and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist. Rachael has been in the health care field for over ten years. She has worked mostly on the insurance side of things, as a customer service manager for dental insurance, a claims and customer service coach, and a workers' compensation case management biller and auditor. She works daily with medical records and healthcare software.

Carline Dalgleish
Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, a master's degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and also owns EHR own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

Medical Administrative Assistant/EHR Specialist FAQs

How do medical administrative assistants use electronic health records systems? add

According to the NHA, medical administrative assistants can enter information into EHR systems. In many cases, medical assistants who take on this responsibility help doctors see and treat patients more efficiently and may help reduce errors in medical procedures and their documentation.

What does electronic health records work involve? add

EHR work is focused on the electronic documentation of the patient’s care and condition. EHR Specialist job activities might include:

  • Auditing patient records for compliance with government or insurance requirements
  • Abstracting clinical information for reporting purposes
  • Performing basic coding for reimbursement claims
  • Processing Release of Information (ROI) requests for medical records
  • Reviewing patient records for completion and accuracy
  • Collecting patient information for demographic and insurance reports
  • Discussing patient information with physicians and insurance professionals
Is certification important for a medical administrative assistant? add

Getting certified validate one’s skill set and dedication to a healthcare career. Similarly, getting a focused certification like the CEHR proves one’s specialized skills and ability to handle a broader set of responsibilities in a healthcare facility. The NHA also notes that many healthcare organizations now require certification for career paths that lead to promotion.