Health Insurance Administrator

health insurance administratorCareer Overview

Health insurance administrators are often also medical secretaries in a private physician’s offices. They may also be intake counselors at large medical facilities. Their job is to ensure that patient information regarding their medical insurance is correct. They may also be responsible to counsel patients on their medical insurance information and assist them with billing information, insurance rules, and hospital financing procedures. They are also responsible to record simple medical histories, arrange for patients to be hospitalized, and order supplies. In smaller medical facilities, they may also be responsible to work with insurance companies on medical billing issues and assist the physician in office duties as needed. Health insurance administrators often work in large hospitals and medical facilities where many patients are being seen and treated on an hourly basis.

Education Requirements

Associate’s Degree in Medical Information
Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Information or Health Care Administration

Most health insurance administrators need at least a bachelor’s degree in health care administration or business administration and excellent organizational, computer, and interpersonal communications skills for working with patients. In smaller medical facilities, health insurance administrators may only have an associate’s degree and work as medical office secretaries and health care administrators.

Coursework

Medical Terminology
Spreadsheets
Project Management
Database Management
Anatomy
Health Data Requirements
Clinical Classification
Data Analysis
Healthcare Reimbursement Methods

School Recommendations

DeVry University
Kaplan University
ITT Technical Institute
Herzing University
Walden University

Employment Trends

Jobs Available for medical administrative assistants in 2008: 471,100
Projected job openings for medical administrative assistants through 2018: 596,600
Average Annual Salaries for medical administrative assistants in 2008: $30,960

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

 

 

 

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