Healthcare Administrative Specialists is ideal for individuals who would like a career in healthcare, but are not interested in the hands on patient care. The medical community depends on educated staff to collect, interpret, analyze, protect and organize medical information so that it may be used for continuity of care, reimbursement, and quality improvement. Healthcare Administrative professionals work closely with providers, nurses, researchers, and other healthcare staff to contribute to the quality of patient care behind the scenes.
The 32-credit Healthcare Administrative Specialist Diploma Program graduate is prepared to assume duties in the field including patient service representative, registration, scheduling, and release of information. Graduates of the Diploma program will be able to perform medical office tasks including scheduling and registration of patients, provide customer service, assist in the medical billing process, maintain accuracy and completeness of the patient record as defined by organizational policy and external regulations and standards; apply policies and procedures for access and disclosure of personal health information; and apply confidentiality and security measures to protect electronic health information.
The 60-credit Healthcare Administrative Specialist Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program graduate is prepared to assume duties in the field including basics of ICD and CPT coding, reimbursement methodologies, quality assessment, transcription, utilization and risk management, legal, accreditation, and electronic health record systems. In addition to the diploma skills, graduates of the A.A.S. program will be able to use and maintain electronic applications and work processes to support healthcare business process, workflow, and reform; identify and prevent fraud and abuse while maintaining corporate compliance including HIPAA and data security; conduct analysis to ensure the documentation in the health record supports the diagnosis and reflects the patient’s progress, clinical findings, and discharge states; and to support physician reimbursement and revenue cycle management.
Graduates will be able to:
1.Perform duties in the health information field to provide optimal services to the patient and organization.
2.Apply terminology, classifications, legal, and accreditation standards to medical documentation.
3.Utilize computers, healthcare software applications and technologies.
4.Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
5.Model professional and ethical behaviors.
6.Demonstrate effective listening, written and oral communication skills.
The A.A.S. degree and diploma are offered as full-time programs. Students can start at the beginning of fall or spring. This program is a combination of in-class room, hybrid (both in-class and online), and online formats. Students pursuing the A.A.S. degree will find the second year courses are offered in an online format to allow for employment while completing the degree.
This program will help students prepare for a wide range of careers including the following: Admitting Clerk, Patient Service Representatives, Registrar, Release of Information Clerk, Scheduler, Medical Transcriptionist, Patient Accounts Representative, Insurance Claims Analyst, Clinical Data Specialist, Quality Data Analyst, Quality Improvement Technician, Reimbursement Specialist, Compliance Technician, Health Information Technician and Team Leads.
Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, clinics, long-term facilities, nursing homes, physician offices, medical group practices, behavioral health facilities, insurance agencies, home health agencies, consulting firms, government agencies; insurance based healthcare companies, and medical supply organizations.
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