Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
The Medical Administrative Assistant Module is a three-month certification preparation training designed to prepare students to sit for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant exam. The exam is validated by the National Healthcare Association, where improving healthcare through greater competency is at the heart of their mission.
Module curriculum focuses on skills required to successfully work in the “front office” of doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings.
Students are offered opportunities to obtain three certifications in this module: CPR/First Aid and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA).
Upon completion of the CMAA module, students may opt to complete a 160-hour internship at a private practice, hospital, clinic, or other healthcare facility, or continue on to the next module. For each module completed, students will receive a Certificate of Completion in the area for which they were trained.
What is the role of a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant?
The exact duties of a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant vary from office to office, depending on location, size, and medical specialty. In small practices, Medical Administrative Assistants are most often generalists who handle clerical responsibilities in the front office of a private general or specialty practice, hospital, clinic, or other healthcare facility.
Common Medical Administrative Assistant duties include:
- patient scheduling while maintaining appointment protocols
- arranging diagnostic testing and procedures
- handling patient intake including preparing daily charts
- filing medical records
- submitting insurance claims including coding diagnoses and procedures
- maintaining HIPAA / PHI / Medicare and Medicaid compliance
- patient education and executing general office policies and procedures
Current Bureau of Labor Statistics
According to current BOL statistics, the median hourly pay wage for Medical Secretaries in the U.S. was $15.50. In May of 2013, the median annual pay for medical assistants was $32,240.
Employment of medical assistants in general is projected to grow 29 percent (29%) from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, most often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing them to see more patients.
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