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Careers Available After Graduating from a Medical Assisting Program
Medical Assistant - Complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Medical assistants take and record patients’ personal information. Medical assistants walk patients from waiting rooms to examination or treatment rooms. Medical assistants take patients’ vital signs, including temperature, weight, and blood pressure. Medical assistants write down other information about why the patients came to the office, their symptoms, and medication that patients are currently taking. Read More... Medical assistants typically do the following:
Administrative Duties (may include, but not limited to):
· Using computer applications
· Answering telephones
· Greeting patients
· Updating and filing patient medical records
· Coding and filling out insurance forms
· Scheduling appointments
· Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
· Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping
· Taking medical histories
· Explaining treatment procedures to patients
· Preparing patients for examination
· Assisting the physician during exams
· Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
· Performing basic laboratory tests
· Instructing patients about medication and special diets
· Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
· Authorizing prescription refills as directed
· Drawing blood
· Taking electrocardiograms
· Removing sutures and changing dressings
Medical Office Assistant - Set up appointments for patients and setting up follow-up visits. The medical office assistant also works to confirm these appointments, either by telephone, email, or postcard reminders. Medical office assistants also provide the necessary paperwork for patients to fill out and perform data entry of the medical coding information provided. The medical office assistant may also maintain inventory and order office supplies. Medical office assistants typically do the following:
· Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
· Assist with administrative duties including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes.
· Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
· Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
· Interview and record patients' medical information and measure their vital signs, weights and height.
Medical Secretary - Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include greeting patients, scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence. Medical secretaries typically do the following:
· Compile and record medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
· Prepare agendas and plan for committee, board, and other meetings.
· Provide administrative support, including budget preparation, record keeping and reporting.
· Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
Clinical Medical Assistant - coordinating front desk responsibilities and maintaining proper documentation. Keeping accurate supplies and inventory records and ordering new supplies. Clinical assistants also complete routine clinical duties including phlebotomy and taking temperatures.
· Provide clinical care, conduct exams, and collect basic information with patients.
· Data entry into computer databases, following regulations and ensuring accuracy.
· Schedule patients, rooms, and equipment.
Administrative Medical Assistant – perform administrative tasks such as managing patient records, making appointments, answering phones, maintaining the front desk and reception areas, and performing general accounting and billing. Administrative medical assistants ensure that the business side of the practice operates smoothly to ensure minimal interruption to the physician’s from providing patient care.
Important Skills of a Medical Assistant
Analytical skills. Medical assistants must be able to understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses. They may be required to code a patient’s medical records for billing purposes.
Detail oriented. Medical assistants need to be precise when taking vital signs or recording patient information. Physicians and insurance companies rely on accurate records.
Interpersonal skills. Medical assistants need to be able to discuss patient information with other medical personnel, such as physicians. They often interact with patients who may be in pain or in distress, so they need to be able to act in a calm and professional manner.
Technical skills. Medical assistants should be able to use basic clinical instruments so they can take a patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.
Medical Assistant Job Growth
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more medical assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.
An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to complete both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry. In addition, the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform, increasing patient access to medical care. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
Medical Assistant Pay
The median annual wage for medical assistants was $30,590 in May 2015. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,040, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $43,880. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
The Medical Assistant Program at Daymar College
The Medical Assisting program at Daymar College is designed to prepare current and future employees for the fast-paced changes encountered in the health care industry, and to help develop skills and attitudes necessary to excel in medical assisting. Medical assisting students are provided the opportunity to gain skills to help physicians and focus on performance of clinical duties. This medical assisting program is appropriate for entry-level positions in doctor’s offices, hospitals, home health agencies, and other allied health organizations.
The 12 content areas are directly linked to the core competencies required for success at the entry level in the health care industry as a Registered Medical Assistant. Curriculum can vary upon degree option.
- Medical Terminology
- Business Communication
- Medical Office Management & Administration
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Allied Health Office Procedures & Administration
- Electronic Medical Records & Reimbursement
- Medical Dictation
- Laboratory & Exam Room Procedures
- Cardiac Monitoring Procedures
- Personal Finance
- Medical Law and Ethics/Exam Review
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