The medical field has been quickly advancing for years, providing stable jobs and unlimited career growth for many. If you’ve been curious about the career potential with your medical assisting degree, you’d be surprised at what your degree can offer you and your future.
Medical Office Manager
With some experience under your belt, you can easily advance to becoming a manager of a medical office. You’ll be responsible for the administrative part of the office, making sure everything is running efficiently. You’ll supervise the staff and be responsible for hiring and firing employees, as well as training new hires. You’ll also be responsible for the billing part of the office. This includes medical coding and collections for unpaid bills. You’ll pay the medical office’s bills and keep track of inventory and the costs associated with keeping the practice fully stocked with necessary supplies. You’ll also be in charge of supervising the support staff in the office. This includes the front desk staff, nurses, and the medical assistants. Depending on the size of your office, you might also have a role at the front desk where you’ll schedule appointments, submit billing statements to your patients, and submit any claims to various insurance companies.
Lead Medical Assistant
When you’ve spent a few years working as a medical assistant in a medical office, you might have the opportunity to advance to a supervisory role while still maintaining your job as a medical assistant. With this position, you’ll be the go to person for anything regarding the running of the office. Your responsibilities will lie mostly with the operation and administration side of the practice, monitoring the quality of work of all of the staff and being in charge of the billing side of the office. You’ll take care of all of the office’s billing to patients, insurance companies, and the medical suppliers you work with. You’ll have to have knowledge of medical coding, so getting your medical coding certificate can be helpful in performing this job successful. You’ll need to have a working knowledge of collections, too, because you’ll be the one sending unpaid balances to collections and working with patients on paying off their collections. You will need to know the inventory side of the practice inside and out because you’ll be the only one who knows what needs to be ordered and in what quantities so you don’t waste money on unused inventory.
Medical Records Manager
If you want to work in a hospital setting, then a medical records manager could be just the career for you. This job often requires additional education in the form of a health information technology degree or certificate. You will process and maintain all of the patient records in that hospital, as well as keep patient information private on the hospital’s database. You’ll make sure the patient’s record is complete and accurate. You’ll have to know how to use software to store and code records in the hospital’s system, as well as know how to quickly pull these records for medical staff.
Many people think you’re stuck being a medical assistant forever, but the truth is you have an almost unlimited potential of careers when you get your degree in medical assisting. While some might require additional education, you’re only making an investment in your future.