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Administrative Medical Assisting and Your Career Ladder

Posted by Chad Sines on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

career ladderWhen the medical field is your dream profession, it is important to slide your foot in the door in order to get an early start. School and further education is an excellent step, but it often takes years before anyone is even willing to offer a job. This doesn't mean you can't obtain a medical position beforehand. Administrative medical assisting is an excellent way to start off on the career ladder, even while you are pursuing your nursing or other medical degree. Just because you’re in school doesn't mean you have to push your professional career to a halt. With administrative medical assisting, you're able to work while attending school; all the while staying connecting to the job field you love and enjoy so much. This makes administrative medical assisting an excellent first rung on your career ladder. 

While attending school for a nursing degree, pre-med or any other medical field position, you probably need to work in order to maintain a residence and pay for the educational experience. You might as well work in your chosen field from the beginning, instead of heading off in another direction to meet your financial needs while in school. As an administrative medical assistant you will gain valuable experience in the medical field and be exposed to a side of the business process that many medical professional know little about. This way, when it comes to applying for jobs after your education is complete, you already have proven experience in the medical community, making you more employable and desirable to potential employers. 

An administrative medical assistant position is an excellent continued learning on the job work situation. Practices require you to have a high school diploma, and with Med-Line’s Administrative Medical Assisting training, it's possible to quickly enter the work environment. As this is part of the medical community, there is always a demand for the position, which makes it a highly desirable profession. A medical assistant typically performs routine administrative duties, which allows the physicians to see more patients during a given day. This experience allows you to gain experience in several different fields while performing your duties. This way, you can not only learn from other assistants and the doctors themselves, but also the computer programming necessary to maintain client schedules and records. This is also an excellent opportunity to become familiar with electronic health records which is necessary as you advance in your career ladder. Regardless of what your desired final job is, serving as an administrative medical assistant is an excellent first step. 

Topics: Administrative Medical Assisting

Your Career as an Administrative Medical Assistant

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Jan 07, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Administrative Medical AssistantBehind every successful healthcare provider is a hard-working administrative medical assistant. Without medical assistants to handle patient records, scheduling, referrals, billing, and other logistical support, hospitals and physician’s offices would quickly descend into chaos. An aging population and increased access to medical care has created huge growth in the healthcare industry. More hospitals, doctor’s offices, rehab facilities, and managed care homes are opening up every year. And every one of those healthcare providers needs people who are trained in administrative medical assisting. With a projected increase of 31%, administrative medical assisting is growing at more than twice the average for all job categories. People who are looking for a positive career change that offers competitive pay, good benefits, and long-term stability needn’t look any farther than becoming an administrative medical assistant.

At Med-Line, we’ve been preparing students to work in the healthcare industry for more than two decades. Our curriculum is designed to exceed current industry standards, and our fully credentialed instructors are the best in the industry. Within the healthcare industry, our commitment to excellence puts our students head-and-shoulders above other applicants. After you complete our administrative medical assisting program, you’ll be a highly desirable candidate for healthcare providers across the country. If you’re tired of your job, and would like to pursue a real career in healthcare, our administrative medical assisting course can help you get started.

Our course is designed to teach you all aspects of administrative medical assisting in just six short months. During those six months, you’ll learn how to interact with patients in a healthcare setting. You’ll learn how to accurately enter data, schedule appointments, and coordinate with other providers. We’ll also teach you how to complete and submit necessary forms like admittance sheets, invoices, insurance forms, and lab reports. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to handle all of the important administrative tasks that make a busy healthcare office run smoothly.

During that time, you’ll also learn the terminology and abbreviations commonly used in medical offices. This will allow you to competently and confidently handle medical documentation like patient records and medical charts. You’ll also learn about the legal and ethical requirements associated with medical records, patient information, and insurance billing. Knowing how to do the job makes you valuable—knowing how to do it according to the most recent legal and ethical standards makes you invaluable.

At Med-Line, we know that it takes more than a textbook to learn how to do a job well. That’s why our lessons are practice based, with exercises designed to simulate real-world situations. We use realistic office situations to teach you how to quickly and confidently apply the knowledge you’ve gained. Expert instructors will not only teach you how to do things, but why they are done that way. By understanding the reasoning behind different processes, you’ll have immediate insight into how to react in similar situations. Once completed, our administrative medical assisting course will have you prepared for a variety of certification exams that can further enhance your career.

At Med-Line, we are committed to seeing our students excel academically and professionally. We offer the only curriculum that covers all of the knowledge, theory, and skills you need to be a successful administrative medical assistant. In six short months, our comprehensive courses will make you an invaluable asset to any healthcare provider’s office. You’ll be on your way to a long, lucrative career as a medical assistant. With our reputation, and your hard work, you’ll finally be able to get off the job treadmill and start enjoying the rewards of a real career.

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Healthcare Documentation Career Options

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

Healthcare careerIf you're like many people who are married, maybe have kids and are just starting to look to train in medical transcription, medical coding, or administrative medical assisting, but have lingering doubts still, then please continue reading. You will find out how easy it is to train, how affordable it can be, and how rewarding the outcome.

Train to be a medical transcriptionist


If you're passionate about training in medical transcription, it's easier than you think to get started. I'm sure you're asking about the price, whether the school is a quality school that has proven success. You may even be asking if you can train from home, if you have little kids who need you, if you're a mom or dad. Maybe you're fresh out of high school and don't want to take on another four years of college. Whatever your current situation, you can train to be a medical transcriptionist. In fact, you can get your certificate, usually in 18 months, much shorter than a university degree. Also, you can go at your pace, instead of a school's schedule. There's no need to worry about quality instructors, because they are all credentialed and highly trained to educate you. Schools also offer individualized job placement assistance, after graduation. So, what are you waiting for?

Choose medical coding jobs that are growing

Want to check out medical coding? Good news, this field is growing quickly, according to the US Department of Labor. Research shows that Medical Records and Health Information Technician occupations can be expected to grow upwards of 20% by 2018, an estimated 30,000 new jobs in this field. Schools are enrolling students without a medical background, so it really is a perfect opportunity for someone looking to train in this exciting field. Also, for medical transcriptionists, this is also a great follow-up, if you're looking to broaden your scope and knowledge of different skill sets within the medical community. So, what are your waiting for?

Love interacting with people? Check out Administrative Medical Assisting

This field is growing exponentially, as well. In fact, new jobs are exceeding the average of 14% in the field, with growth expected to hit around 31%, which is actually twice the average rate. Being an Administrative Medical Assistant offers you a chance to welcome patients, input data entry, do general office work, schedule appointments, and much more.  You would be the point of contact for doctor's offices, and because you don't deal directly with patient's healthcare needs, this field doesn't require heavy medical training. So again, what are you waiting for?

Also, if you're a military spouse, you can train at no cost to you. Wherever you are stationed, you can study in these fields, and again, after you graduate, the school matches you will employers looking for your kind of expertise, and will help in placement of said jobs, instead of handing you a list with which to navigate. So, what are you waiting for? Lucrative opportunities await you, just reach out and grab one. You will be glad you did when get your diploma of graduation, and find the dream job you've been looking for. 

Topics: Medical Transcription Training, Medical Coding Training, Administrative Medical Assisting

Should you Consider Administrative Medical Assisting?

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 @ 10:43 AM

AMAAre you looking for career without the burdensome requirements of college? Do you need a stable career that will help you support your family? If you are looking for more than a job, and want a career in which you can learn and grow, administrative medical assisting may be for you.

What does an administrative medical assistant do?

Administrative medical assistants work in healthcare settings serving as a liaison between patients, healthcare professionals and insurance companies, completing paperwork, scheduling appointments and maintaining the healthcare office. If you are organized, a "people person" and have the ambition to succeed in a fast-paced environment, medical assisting will be a great career for you.

No two days in your medical assisting career will be alike. One day you may spend a lot of time coordinating patient care, while the next you may take inventory of office supplies. Unlike general administrative assistants, as an administrative medical assistant, you will learn medical terminology and healthcare practices  to succeed in your career.

Benefits of Medical Assisting

Medical assisting is a flourishing career that requires a small investment with great rewards over the long term. While some people may spend years attending college only to graduate without a career, medical assisting is a profession on the rise.

The United States Bureau of Labor predicts more than 30% growth in the medical assisting profession through at least the year 2020. This amount of growth is considered significantly more than the average growth rate in other fields. Though the economy may falter, as a  medical assistant you have security in knowing that as long the medical profession is around, you will have a career.

As an administrative medical assistant you have flexibility in choosing your ideal work environment. Medical assistants are necessary in a variety of specialties from podiatry to occupational therapy offices. Furthermore, you can decide if you want to work in a hospital or private practice setting. Whether you prefer a large or small medical practice, administrative medical assistants will have plenty of work environments to choose from.

Rewarding Career, Small Investment

With definite job security and stability, your medical assistant career will flourish with a small investment. Today, it is not uncommon for college students to attend college for four years while accumulating hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. Should you choose to attend an administrative medical assistant program, your investment will be much more realistic and reasonable.

Medical assistants make an average salary over $28,000 annually, which works out to more than $13 hourly. Administrative medical assistants make on average $5 more than minimum wage in some areas. In addition, most administrative medical assistants earn generous health benefits and pension plans.

Pursue Other Options While Training

Whether your long term goal is to attend college or ultimately pursue a career in the medical profession, a career in administrative medical assisting can help you get there. Instead of accruing student loan debt, work your way through school while having a career in administrative medical assisting. If you want to become a healthcare professional, it's even more reason for you to consider medial assisting to gain experience in the field of healthcare.

If you are considering administrative medical assisting, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you organized?
  • Are you a people person?
  • Do you want a career?

If you answered yes to the above questions, then a career in administrative medical assisting is a wonderful start. Whether you want to support your family or support yourself through school, a career in medical assisting will provide the income and skill set that you need to get there.
 

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The Value of a Quality Med-Line Education

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Create More SuccessLooking for a solid college education can be tricky due to tuition expenses among other concerns, but a trustworthy school offering plenty of opportunities to learn everything you need is within closer reach than you would think. A profession in the medical industry is becoming increasingly available and proper training in the field is being given to those willing to commit themselves. There are many reasons why Med-Line School is one of the best places to consider instigating a rewarding career.

Get the Training You Need in the Medical Field

With credentialed professionals working for you all the way, an education at Med-Line will allow you to pursue your dreams with the perfect set of classes to help you comprehensively in every step of your progress. At Med-Line you can be sure to get everything you need in your education including:

  • ACCP-approved medical transcription program with over 20 years in the medical industry.
  • Administrative medical assisting, medical transcription and medical coding programs
  • An average of 6 to 18 months of courses depending on the program, each one guaranteed to give you the full expanse of knowledge and training leaving you confident to succeed
  • Practicum allowing students to experience on-the-job tasks that go beyond textbook learning
  • Webinars giving students even more from their education
  • Job placement assistance for graduates
  • Externship provides plenty of hands-on experience

Med-Line School of Medical Transcription can provide an unrivaled education that's both affordable and efficient. The last thing you need to worry about is getting into a school that's looking to waste your time and energy in the pursuit of success.

How Med-Line Can Help You Both In and Out of School

While enrolled in one of the programs Med-Line has to offer, you can find many other ways to improve yourself and take initiative in driving your education forward. Externships are offered, giving you more experience in the field. Trusting students to use their education to the fullest of its potential is always advocated, meaning Med-Line will guide you along while ultimately letting you stand on your own two feet when it's time to move forward in your career.

Once you've graduated, even if you have had no previous history in the medical industry, you can be sure that Med-Line will help you find a secure job that is looking for new employees who know their what they're doing in any area. As long as you take full advantage of what Med-Line has to offer in the ways of an extensive education, you can be sure that the school will do its best to match and even exceed your efforts in assisting you with your job search.

Encouraging Mandatory Credentialing for All Schools


Med-Line believes no school should be without experienced professionals who can pass on their knowledge to newcomers in the industry. Choosing Med-Line means that only the best in courses and overall medical education is given. With the training you deserve and staff with the credentials that should be a standard everywhere, you can't go wrong.

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Topics: Medical Transcription Training, Medical Coding Training, Administrative Medical Assisting

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

 

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Topics: Administrative Medical Assisting