Medical Records and Health Technician
When I first decided to pursue a career in medical office management, I thought I knew what it was all about. But while taking the course Intro to Health Sciences, I have learned a great deal more about my chosen profession and what it actually means to be a part of the medical office management field. In the following paper, I will give an overview of medical office management, discuss the educational requirements needed to start this career, and discuss a current issue related to medical office management. I will also give a summary of my career goals and where I see myself in the future.
Overview of Profession
Right now is a great time to start a career in medical office management. The field is fast-growing. The projected growth from 2010-2020 is 29 percent or higher (O*NET OnLINE, 2012). People who work in medical office management typically are called Medical Administrative Specialists. Other job titles include Medical Secretary, Medical Receptionist, Medical Office Manager, and Front Office Manager (O*NET OnLINE, 2012). Medical administrative specialists can work in a variety of settings including doctor offices, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and offices of other health practitioners. Medical administrative specialists are the frontline of the medical office. They are the first people patients see when they come into the office. Medical administrative specialists’ duties include greeting patients, scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, and other basic administrative tasks. They also manage medical records, help patients fill out insurance forms, and code and process these forms. Some jobs also require medical transcription. Some personality traits that are needed to be successful in this field include integrity, dependability, self-control, caring, likes to pay attention to detail, and able to handle stress (MyNextMove, 2012). When a person’s...