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Why Become A Certified Medical Business Officer

A Certified Medical Business Officer is responsible for the overall operations of a medical practice. Also known as medical practice administrator, or medical practice manager, careers in medical office management offer many options for qualified candidates.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

  • Skill sets that are required to become extremely organized, and detail-oriented
  • Tools required for excellence at communication and conflict resolution
  • Skills required to become effective in communication & interpersonal skills to be able to manage a variety of personalities.
  • The basic math and numbers skills necessary for overseeing a billing department
  • The basics of medical coding.
  • How to schedule patient’s appointments.
  • Medical reception, so he or she could fill in if needed to cover for one of the other employees.
Who should pursue a career as a Certified Medical Business Officer?
Medical Business officers must be extremely organized, and detail-oriented. Therefore any individual who possess these traits should pursue a career as a medical business officer. They also should be excellent at communication and conflict resolution. In general, medical business officers should work well with people and be able to manage a variety of personalities.

What is the outlook for Certified Medical Business Officer?
Becoming a Certified Medical Business Officer can be a very rewarding entry level career into the medical management industry. Individuals who complete certification as a certified medical business officers can further their career by furthering their education to become medical office managers. The educational requirements to become medical office managers vary by employer. However, most practices prefer at least an undergraduate degree. Large practices with many physicians and multiple locations may desire a master's degree such as an MBA or Master's in Healthcare Administration.

Exceptions may be made for candidates who have comparable experience working in a medical office for many years. Working your way up to medical office manager may take many years however. Many employers don't require certifications, but it certainly doesn't hurt to have one.

A large number of Office Managers are alternatively certified as a CMOM (Certified Medical Office Manager) or some other office role such as a CPC (Certified Professional Coder). For more information, you may visit the Medical Group Management Association.

The medical office manager often reports to the practice owners, who are typically a group of physicians. Any job in middle management presents its challenges, but particularly in a medical office environment. Medical office managers often deal with a lot of inter-office politics, staff turnover, and solving problems or issues with patients or personnel. Work hours will usually be more than 40 hours per week.

However, if you thrive on solving problems, supervising many different people, and organizing and streamlining processes, a career in medical office management may be for you!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there is an expected increase in job availability. Employment of Medical Business Officers will grow by 40 percent from 2012 to 2020, faster than the average for other allied healthcare occupations. This growth is expected due to the growing elderly population and the new U. S. Affordable Healthcare Act.

GREAT JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR CERTIFIED MEDICAL BUSINESS OFFICER

Hospitals
Long-term care facilities
Nursing homes
Adult day care centers
Assisted living facilities
Medical Office Practice(s)
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