Medical Office Management

Mari Carmen Rodriguez
Mari Carmen Rodriguez

Welcome to Texas Southmost College Medical Office Management Program. The Medical Office Management Program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Certificate of Proficiency-Level One. The Program is designed with the assistance of a medical advisory committee comprised of various physicians and business professionals from the community who are well aware of the job potential in today's market. Our program at Texas Southmost College is recognized by the state of Texas as meeting the Texas Skills Standards Board, skill standards for medical Office Managers.

Medical Office Management (AAS Degree)
An important component of this degree is the integration of coding certification with courses in supervision and accounting. Certification is valuable in demonstrating certain skills or desirable qualities. It is beneficial for students to possess good communication skills, as they often serve as a liaison between health care facilities, insurance companies, and other establishments. Accuracy is also essential because they must pay close attention to detail. A candidate who exhibits proficiency with computers will become more valuable as health care facilities continue to adopt electronic medical records.

Medical Coding and Billing (Certificate of Proficiency)
Coursework includes medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, legal aspects of health information, health data standards, coding and abstraction of data, and electronic medical records. Coding certification is available through the American Academy of Procedural Coders (AAPC).

The degree is designed for those students who are interested in working in a doctor's office.

Career Opportunities
The fields of a medical office administrative/billing assistant or medical office specialists are excellent. Employment is projected to grow much faster than average in the next decade. The majority of medical office specialists work in physician's offices offering challenging work in maximizing reimbursement from a variety of sources.

They perform administrative tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. The duties of medical office specialists vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner's specialty. In small practices, medical office specialists usually do many different kinds of administrative tasks reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area, under the supervision of department administrators. They update and file patients' medical records, fill out insurance forms, verify insurances and submit patient bills to insurance companies for payment. They also perform tasks less specific to medical settings, such as answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, and handling billing and bookkeeping.

Nature of Work: Every time a patient receives health care, a record is maintained of the observations, medical or surgical interventions, and treatment outcomes. This record includes information that the patient provides concerning his or her symptoms and medical history, the results of examinations, reports of x rays and laboratory tests, diagnoses, and treatment plans. Medical records and health information technicians organize and evaluate these records for completeness and accuracy. Once the HIT technicians complete their work, medical billers and medical coders set about submitting patient bills to insurance companies for payment.

Medical coders specialize in coding patients' medical information for insurance purposes. Technicians who specialize in coding are called health information coders, medical record coders, coder/abstractors, or coding specialists. These technicians assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure, relying on their knowledge of disease processes as well as state and federal guidelines for billing and coding procedures.

Work Environment: Medical office specialists and medical billers/medical coders work in pleasant and comfortable offices. This is one of the few health-related occupations in which there is little or no direct contact with patients. Because accuracy is essential in their jobs, they must pay close attention to detail. Technicians who work at computer monitors for prolonged periods must guard against eyestrain and muscle pain. Medical office specialists and medical billers/medical coders usually work a 40-hour week. Some overtime may be required.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 13:54