Medical Insurance Specialist

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Medical Insurance Specialist

The Medical Insurance Specialist Program at Apollo Career Center is a full-time certificate program. The goal of the program is to prepare students for entry-level positions in a wide variety of healthcare settings such as physician’s offices, clinics, insurance companies, and various other health oriented companies.

Duties of Medical Insurance Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Claim coding/processing to include all medical procedures and diagnosis
  • Performing data entry
  • Handling phones
  • Reviewing EOBs
  • Working on appeals/denials
  • Educating provider and other clinical staff
  • Speaking with payers
  • Filing/pulling charts
  • Working with governmental and third party insurance carriers
  • Auditing claims and medical documentation
  • Auditing provider coding
  • Preserving profitability

“Ask five medical coders to describe their work days, and you are likely to get five very different answers. Ask what each coder does, and you’ll find that he or she wear many hats. Coder work responsibilities vary considerably, from managing the entire business for a single practitioner in a rural locale, to billing radiology for eight hours in a large metropolitan clinic, to auditing claims for a nationwide payer organization. Medical coders work in IT environments ranging from totally automated systems using electronic medical records equipped with computer assisted coding, to practices that haven’t begun the transition to filing claims electronically.” (www.aapc.com)

Admission Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Graduate from a State Department of Education approved high school or have GED equivalency certificate.
  • Pass required standards on pre-entrance and assessment tests which evaluate math and reading skills.
  • Interview with the Director.
  • Provide personal and employer references.
  • Submit health information.
  • Required Immunizations
  • Current BLS CPR (Healthcare Provider)

Graduation A certificate is granted from Apollo Career Center upon successful completion of the program. Graduates are eligible for the voluntary national certification exam to earn the Certified Medical Assistant® (CMA) credential.

Job Opportunities
Job prospects should be very good. In addition to job growth, numerous openings will result from the need to replace medical record and health information technicians who retire or leave the occupation permanently. Technicians that demonstrate a strong understanding of technology and computer software will be in particularly high demand (www.bls.gov)

Medical Coding Salary

How much do coders really earn? What specialties, certifications, locations, education and other factors influence compensation? What should you expect when accepting or offering a job opportunity? The AAPC’s annual medical coding salary survey answers all of these questions and helps both employers and employees gain a better understanding of the financial climate surrounding the medical coding profession. (www.aapc.com)

http://www.aapc.com/resources/research/medical-coding-salary-survey/

According to www.lmi.state.oh.us, “the outlook for medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018 due to the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed. Job prospects should be very good. With the increased use of electronic health records, technicians with a strong understanding of technology and computer software will be in particularly high demand.”

Source(s):

American Academy of Professional Coders http://www.aapc.com

Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov


Medical Assistant Program Manager
Tara Shepherd

Phone: (419) 998-2971
Fax: (419) 998-2994
Email: tara.shepherd@apollocc.org

  • Current Program Director of Medical Assisting, Medical Insurance Specialist, Phlebotomy, Medical Transcription, and various short-term other allied health courses.
  • Develops customized training and staff professional development courses in medical office administration, professionalism, infection control, medical asepsis, communication, and workplace applications.
  • Graduate University of Northwestern Ohio – Business/ Healthcare Administration/Medical Assisting
  • CMA (AAMA) credential
  • Over 14 years experience in medical profession. Experience includes acute, long term, and ambulatory care (both clinical and administrative areas)
  • Member of AAMA
  • Member of OSSMA and WCCMA – Previous OSSMA Public Relations Chair
  • Apollo Academy of Medical Careers Instructor since 2002 in the skills and clinical areas for Primary Care and Specialty Offices. Academic instructor in: Professionalism/Legal Issues, Medical Coding & Billing, Pharmacology, Clinical Procedures, Medical Office Management, and Office Communications.

Medical Insurance Specialist Schedule

Start – End: 8/14/17 – 6/14/18
Schedule Detail: Detailed Schedule Click Here
Days: Tues – Fri & some Mondays
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Hours: 856 hrs. (43 weeks)
Financial Aid available
Tuition FY18: $8,700 (plus fees -see application)

Tuition Cost Breakdown FY18

According to the Department of Labor, www.lmi.state.oh.us, “the outlook for medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018 due to the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed. Job prospects should be very good. With the increased use of electronic health records, technicians with a strong understanding of technology and computer software will be in particularly high demand.”

Gainful Employment Disclosure 2015-2016

Placement Rate Methodology


 

Print Application    Grades & Attendance

Medical Insurance Getting Started

HOW DO I BEGIN?

ArrowSTEP 1: Get your APPLICATION You may download and print it using the link, or pick one up in our office. 
                    Read through it completely and return it to Apollo with your application fee.

ArrowSTEP 2: Begin your financial aid by filling out the FAFSA at home. Click Here  
                    You can do this at any time; even before Step 1.

ArrowSTEP 3: Once the Medical Insurance department has the required items on file, you will be notified to begin testing.

ArrowSTEP 4: Work Keys and HESI testing (by appt. only).  Links to study for these tests will be provided.

ArrowSTEP 5: Interview with the program manager (by appointment only).

ArrowSTEP 6: Make an appointment with the financial aid manager to discuss your financial aid and payment options.  
                       Financial aid