Available at our El Cajon Campus
Health Information Technician
The Advanced Training Health Information Technician course has been designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in a medical front office, hospital office setting, or medical insurance company.
Typical job titles for Health Information Technician entering the field would be medical secretary, medical insurance biller, and medical receptionist.
The content of the program provides the student with specialized training in industry-current medical administrative procedures.
This course provides an overview of the human body. It introduces students to the structure, function, and diseases of the human body. It also introduces students to related terminology used in the clinical settings to describe body positions and parts. Students will be introduced to the human cellular development and the impact of disease processes on each specific body system.
This course provides an overview of the human body. It introduces students to the structure, function, and diseases of the human body. It also introduces students to related terminology used in the clinical
settings to describe body positions and parts. Students will be introduced to the human cellular development and the impact of disease processes on each specific body system.
This course introduces the student to medical terminology as it relates to the anatomical structure of the human body. Emphasis is on body system root words, prefixes, suffixes, and introductory terminology. Medical language and accepted medical abbreviations are discussed in detail.
This course introduces students to pharmacology as it relates to a medical office setting. Students gain knowledge of Federal and State drug laws, general drug classifications, drug indications and contraindications, and inventory requirements. Nutrition and its effect on a patient’s health will also be emphasized.
Instruction on the principles and foundations of the medical profession. Instruction includes a history of the medical profession, types of medical practices, ethical and medico-legal issues, HIPAA regulations. This course also emphasizes the importance of therapeutic communications that exists between the medical professional and the patient
This course provides instruction on how to correctly code diagnostic and professional services rendered by the physician, necessary in billing for reimbursement by insurance companies. Emphasis is on the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM). Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the HCPCS for Medicare claims, as well as electronic coding procedures. The course also includes procedures for the hard copy and electronic completing of the Universal HCFA-1500 insurance form for selected private insurance, HMO, PO, and Medicare.
This course provides students with an understanding of the proper procedures related to front office responsibilities. Emphasis is on responsibilities related to scheduling appointments and receptionist duties. Students will be instructed in the use of newest medical office communication systems and proper telephone etiquette. Other communication topics will include medical assistant’s responsibilities relating to the proper education and preventive techniques of patients.
This course revolves around various medical office management systems and provides students with knowledge in the proper procedures for recording and maintaining patient charts; proper charting techniques; filing and management systems. Mail management stresses both manual and electronic mail communications. Delivering services and specific handling of billing materials will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to dictation and transcription service, proper techniques for handling general office correspondence, letter writing, and composing routine correspondence.
Electronic Health Records
This course is designed to provide the student with basic computer keyboarding techniques. Emphasis is on the mastery of the keyboard, which increases speed and maintains accuracy.
This course provides an overview of the accounts receivable follow-up process, including the use of aging reports. The correct procedures for collections, including payment plans and the write-offs of uncollectible balances, are described. Explains the content of shared reports and how they are used to help generate and monitor practice revenue as well as to improve the delivery of health care, including the use of reports in PM/EHR to demonstrate meaningful use. Provides an overview of the content and format of electronic and paper claims, and then illustrates the flow of claims from the PM/EHR to a clearinghouse and on to the payer. Students gain the skills required to create, submit, and monitor insurance claims through the claim adjudication process. Students also learn how to create patient statements and process a check returned for nonsufficient funds.
This course explains the improvements to health care that are based on health information technology (HIT). Covers key government initiatives, defines the clinical encounter and the billing cycle, and discusses
the benefits of integrated practice management and electronic health record programs. Additionally, this course explains the roles of professional healthcare and administrative staff in implementing HIT in
physician practices. Describes how to interpret a remittance advice (RA) from a health plan and to enter and apply for insurance payments in a PM/EHR. The process of appealing claims and post-payment audits are discussed. Students also learn how to create patient statements and process a check returned for nonsufficient funds.
Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to use a PM/EHR to create appointments, as well as to add provider breaks, create recall lists, and print providers’ schedules. This course covers the skills
needed to use a PM/EHR to check patient balances and create chart numbers and cases. Describes methods used to enter documentation in an EHR, including the use of dictation and transcription, voice recognition software, and templates. Students practice entering progress notes with and without the use of a template. The e-prescribing and electronic order entry features of an EHR are also presented. Introduction to the basics of coding, including ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM, CPT, and E/M, and explains both
paper and electronic encounter forms. The student learns how to use an EHR to record a patient’s history, allergies, medications, vital signs, and chief complaint. Students also practice sending and receiving intraoffice
messages and creating patient reminder letters.
Introduction to the basics of coding, including ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-CM, CPT, and E/M, and explains both paper and electronic encounter forms. Discussion of coding and billing compliance, with a focus on
strategies to avoid common coding and billing problems. Students then review and post charges that have been electronically transmitted and record time-of-service payments. Students practice entering progress notes with and without the use of a template. The e-prescribing and electronic order entry features of an EHR are also presented.
This course introduces principles of quality assessment and improvement, and utilization, risk, and case management, in healthcare. Topics include Continuous Quality Improvement, and case management processes, data analysis/reporting techniques, credentialing, regulatory quality monitoring requirements, and outcome measures and monitoring. Upon completion, students should be able to abstract, analyze, and report clinical data for facility-wide quality management/performance improvement programs and monitor compliance measures. This course provides a comprehensive discussion of topics common to the health information profession. Emphasis is placed on the application of professional competencies, job search tools, and preparation for the certification examination. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in entry-level domains and subdomains for health information technologies.
In-depth coverage of ICD-10 coding rubrics, conventions, principles, and updates as they apply to the accurate coding of complex cases. Principles of inpatient and outpatient coding are covered in this class. Examine E&M guidelines and HCPCS coding.
This course offers an introduction to successful interviewing and resume development techniques. In addition, it provides information on effective networking and seeking out the appropriate job. Instruction is provided on correct workplace habits, professionalism, and maintaining a positive attitude.
Students will extern 160 hours in a medical setting under the direct supervision of the facility administrator and general supervision of the School’s program director. Students will receive hands-on application of their recently acquired medical skills and will develop the confidence to secure a career position.
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Cost of the Program
Graduation Rate (In 2018).
Placement Rate (As reported to the Council on Occupational Education in the 2018 Annual Report)
Below is a link to the Standard Occupational Classification:
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Advanced Training Associates is conveniently located in East County, serving the communities of El Cajon, Santee, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Lakeside, Alpine, Chula Vista, Spring Valley, Mission Valley and San Diego.