The Future of Healthcare Jobs
Whenever the field of medicine is mentioned, people generally think about doctors and nurses. In fact, not that many years ago, those medical practitioners just about covered the subject. In recent years, however, the field has grown beyond imagination.
Specialization in the medical profession has produced a need for many trained personnel in specific areas. Even physicians have specialized in one field because over the past few decades the amount of knowledge in medical practice has become so vast that one person cannot know everything. Unfortunately, this trend has produced an overabundance of specialists and a shortage of primary healthcare physicians (General Practitioners).
As the medical field grew, there arose a need for more support staff in hospitals, doctor's offices, and related areas. Whole careers sprang up in the healthcare profession from Medical Billers to Patient Advocates.
Medical Administration Overview
Medical Secretary - This person must be knowledgeable in all areas of the medical profession, especially in medical terminology. Obviously, the medical secretary must also be well versed in general office procedures and capable of multi-tasking.
Medical Transcriptionist - Familiarity with medical terminology is a must for the medical transcriptionist. Being able to pay attention to details while transcribing patient medical histories is a critical factor in this career.
Medical Assistant - Depending upon the size of the office, the medical assistant may be required to perform clinical duties, clerical duties, or both. The medical assistant will perform clinical duties such as X-Ray, EKGs, and assisting with minor office surgery.
Medical Biller - Primary duty for the biller is handling the accounts receivable for the office. It requires mathematical and accounting skills as well as ability to use computer software billing programs.
Medical Coder - Accuracy is the essential word for the coder who is assigned to use computer programs that enter codes into the patient's records to assign the patient to one of hundreds of DRGs (diagnostic related groups).
Insurance Claims - This specialized clerical position requires accounting ability in order to submit the proper forms to insurance companies, Medicaid, and Medicare for payment of medical bills.
Medical Office IT Administration - Information Technology utilizing the computer is the responsibility of this person who administers the computer system in the office.
Health Information Technician (HIT) - The HIT collects, manages, and disseminates medical record information for the office as well as working with staff on research.
Peripheral Medical Field Occupations - These include Patient Advocates, Collections personnel, Medical Application Support, and Administrative Consultants.
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