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Administrative Medical Assisting- An Industry in High Demand

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

Administrative Medical AssistantMed-Line School is pleased to announce a new program designed to prepare individuals for the growing profession of Administrative Medical Assisting. Designed to be completed in 6 months, our program offers a fully online training environment that offers a practical training simulation that mimics what the professional will be responsible on the job.

Connecting Patients and Doctors

Medical offices require one or more Administrative Medical Assistants to function smoothly. These support staff members connect patients to doctors by being the point of contact for their medical office. Administrative Medical Assistants do not have hands on interaction with patients, but do manage the scheduling, financial, and customer service aspect of patient care.

Duties for an Administrative Medical Assistant include:

  • Welcoming patients
  • Data entry of patient records
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Coordinating hospital and in-office procedures
  • Preparing and submitting hospital admittance forms
  • Billing and insurance document preparation
  • Maintaining correspondence
  • General office bookkeeping

Job Outlook

Administrative Medical Assistant jobs are fast growing, even in today's job market. Currently there are approximately 527,000 people employed as medical assistants. With a growth expectancy of 31%, employment rates in this field are growing at twice the average rate (14%). According the United States Department of Labor, in 2010 the median salary for a medical assistant was $28,860 per year, with the top 10% making over $40,000 a year.

The medical career field continues to grow exponentially each year as demand steadily outweighs supply. This continuous need for additional medical staff creates job security for non-medical professionals as administrative medical assistants.

Possibilities for Advancement

The American Registry of Medical Assistants offers a professional association for qualified medical assistants. Professional associations offer networking possibilities for future job placement, continuing education opportunities, and newsletters that highlight innovations and current trends in the field. This is a particularly desirable path for those who are unsure about working with bodily fluids and have physical contact with patients, but would like to work within the medical field.

Choosing to become an Administrative Medical Assistant

Administrative Medical Assistants are well organized with an eye for detail. They are friendly and welcoming, while able to firmly handle difficult customer service situations. They must be reliable, professional, and able to work with minimal supervision. Medical offices are often busy places, with a steady stream of work throughout the business day. Administrative medical assistants are expected to keep regular hours and function on predictable schedules with routine practices.

Summary

Taken from http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm 

Quick Facts: Medical Assistants

2010 Median Pay

$28,860 per year 
$13.87 per hour

Number of Jobs, 2010

527,600

Job Outlook, 2010-20

31% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2010-20

+162,900

 

Learn more about Med-Line’s self-paced, 6-month fully-online Administrative Medical Assisting Course.



Topics: Administrative Medical Assisting