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Medical Office and Health Information Technician Program in Baton Rouge

The Medical Office and Health Information Technician classes at Delta College in Baton Rouge are designed to train you to work in front and back office positions in the healthcare field.

Completing this program can train you to perform many tasks in the healthcare field, including medical/dental insurance coding & billing, medical/dental transcription, reception duties, medical filing & records, medical secretarial duties, and medical bookkeeping. Upon graduating, you will be prepared to gain national certification through testing in Medical Office Administration, Medical Transcription, and Medical Billing and Coding. Learning the billing and coding is an incredibly valuable skill to medical offices and one of the main reasons medical office assistant classes are so needed.

Approximate completion time: Day—7.5 months / Night—12 months

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If you are interested in becoming a medical assistant or in getting a diploma in Medical Office and Health Information Technology in Baton Rouge, Delta College would love to help you. You can train for your new career in just seven and a half months!

Medical Office & Health Technician Occupation Information

See each topic below for more information about the potential of being a Medical Office and Health Information Technician.

  • Nature of the Work

    Medical records and health information technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronics systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical treatment histories. Medical office assistant classes at Delta College will teach students to deal with these on-going issues.

    Duties: All Technicians document patients’ health information, including the medical history, symptoms, examination and test results, treatments, and other information about healthcare provider services. Medical records and health information technicians’ duties vary with the size of the facility in which they work.

    Medical records and health information technicians typically do the following:

    • Review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of health data
    • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries
    • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
    • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis
    • Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
    • Protect patients’ health information for confidentiality authorized access for treatment, and data security

    Although medical records and health information technicians do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with physicians and other healthcare professionals. They meet with these workers to clarify diagnoses or to get additional information to make sure that records are complete and accurate.

    The increasing use of electronic health records (EHRs) will continue to change the job responsibilities of medical records and health information technicians. Technicians will need to be familiar with, or be able to learn, EHR computer software, follow EHR security and privacy practices, and analyze electronic data to improve healthcare information as more healthcare providers and hospitals adopt EHR systems. The medical office assistants classes at Delta College in Baton Rouge seek to train students to handle these duties in the real world by giving them hands-on experience.

  • Job Outlook

    Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

    *Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2013-2014

  • Earnings

    The median annual wage of medical records and health information technicians was $33,310 in May 2011. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,680, and the top 10 percent earned more than $55,170.

    *Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2013-2014

Delta College in Baton Rouge Advantages:

  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Externship
  • Quality Instructors
  • Affordable Tuition
  • 7 1/2 Month Day or 12 Month Evening Classes (Evening classes available in Baton Rouge only)
  • Certifications available through National Healthcare Association
  • Licensed by the LA Board of Regents
  • Accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
  • Financial Aid available to those who qualify
  • TOPS Tech Eligible

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