Medical Office Procedures

This course provides an opportunity to learn and practice basic traditional and computer-related medical office procedures, and to acquire the necessary skills to work in a variety of medical-oriented workplaces. While the primary focus of this course is on the role of the medical assistant in a doctor’s office, many of the examples, procedures, and tasks apply to other medical environments such as dental offices, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, health-care plan and workers’ compensation offices, laboratories, specialists’ practices, medical association offices, etc.
During the course, students learn about health-care personnel and their role in providing quality patient care. Students also learn about medical ethics and the medical environment. Students develop and apply such skills as communicating with patients, health-care providers, and others; handling the medical office reception area; scheduling appointments and managing time; preparing and processing medical documentation; managing medical records; medical billing (manual and computerized); preparing and processing medical financial records; and handling purchasing and inventory control for medical office supplies. Throughout the course, students are given Internet Web site references to help them expand their medical knowledge. Included in the course are five appendices of supplemental information.

COURSE PREREQUISITE(S)

Word Processing Level 1 course or equivalent. Knowledge of how to use the Internet beneficial.

METHOD OF DELIVERY

Integrated Learning™ System training facilitated by Academy of Learning Career College facilitators.

COURSE NOTES

Course manual provided for on-going reference. Upon completion of the course, there is a final exam. Participants who receive 75% or higher on their exam will receive a certificate.

LESSON 1

Health-care Personnel; Medical Office Support Staff; Medical Ethics; Medical Law; Medical Environment

LESSON 2

Communication and Attitude; Reception Techniques; Telephone Techniques and Technology

LESSON 3

Setting up and Maintaining Appointment Schedules; Dealing with Emergencies; Dealing with Walk-In Patients Without Appointments; Monitoring Appointments for Attendance; Other Appointments; Outside Appointments for Health-Care Providers; Time Management

LESSON 4

Handling Incoming Documentation; Preparing Medical Documentation; Handling Outgoing Documentation

LESSON 5

Medical Records; Medical Records Management Systems and Equipment; Filing Rules; Records Management Procedures

LESSON 6

Medical Plans; Workers’ Compensation; Billing Patients, Medical Plan Providers, and Other Agencies

LESSON 7

Recording Payments; Preparing Cheques; Maintaining Patient Journals and Ledgers; Preparing Statements of Account; Handling Petty Cash; Banking Procedures; Basic Payroll Procedures

LESSON 8

Controlling Inventory; Ordering Supplies; Receiving Supplies

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