Medical Secretary

Medical secretaries sometimes called “medical administrative assistants” perform clerical duties for medical doctors. While their duties are similar to those of any secretary they must be knowledgeable as to medical terminology as well as medical insurance procedures and codes. They work in private practices hospitals home health agencies and government health agencies. The exact nature of the job depends upon the employer and the facility for which they work but tasks for which they are responsible can include dictation transcription correspondence recording medical histories copying documents for patient files ordering medical supplies coordinating patient care with insurance companies medical labs and hospitals and scheduling appointments for patients making sure that those with emergencies see the doctor with minimal delay. Medical secretaries work in offices 35 or 40 hours a week and much of this time is spent dealing with people both in person and on the telephone. Sometimes they find their days are extremely hectic but they must remain organized and efficient but also calm and personable. Medical secretaries need a high school diploma or the equivalent. They must be good at filing and bookkeeping tasks and they also need excellent computer and word processing skills. Some of the necessary skills can be acquired with on-the-job training but vocational schools and community colleges offer courses that last from several months to two years. According to the website the median annual salary for medical secretaries is approximately $26540.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $26540
High Salary: $31540
Low Salary: $21540
Tasks: Performs transcription work.
Answers phones and greets patients.
Submits claims to insurance companies.
Knows medical terminology.
Also Called: Medical Administrative Assistant
Executive Medical Secretary
Medical Transcriptionist
Medical Clerical Worker
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