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Healthcare Management Technology

Putting medical files in orderHealthcare is a constantly changing field, especially when dealing with insurance reimbursement, managed care, fee schedules, patient expectations, and governmental changes. There is a tremendous need for people trained in this specialty. Most graduates are eligible for supervisory or management positions within a few years after gaining experience. Healthcare Management Technology (HMT) prepares you to work in or manage these dynamic business office responsibilities and new reimbursement methods. Healthcare Management is a career choice with exciting challenges, teaching graduates how to increase profitability, code and  process insurance, and provide excellent customer (patient) service.

Positions for Graduates:

  • Patient Check-in and Check-out personnel
  • Financial Eligibility Specialists
  • Admissions/Registration Coordinators
  • Managed Care Tracking Specialists
  • Insurance Technicians/Claims Processing
  • Collections and Insurance Follow-up
  • Business Office Manager or Supervisor
  • Practice Administrator

Places of Employment:

  • Physician offices
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Healthcare computer companies
  • Management Service Organizations (MSO's)
  • Insurance companies
  • Laboratory
  • Independent consultant

Healthcare Management Core and Elective Courses 
MED 114 - Professional Interaction in Health Care
MED 121 - Medical Terminology I
MED 122 - Medical Terminology II
HMT 110 - Introduction to Healthcare Management
HMT 210 - Medical Insurance
HMT 211 - Long-Term Care Administration
HMT 212 - Management of Healthcare Organizations
HMT 220 - Healthcare Financial Management
HMT 225 - Practice Management Simulation
OST 149 - Medical Legal Issues
OST 247 - Procedure Coding
OST 248 - Diagnostic Coding
ACC 120 - Principles of Financial Accounting
ACC 121 - Principles of Managerial Accounting

Work Based Learning:
Our associates degree program offers a 320 hour work-based learning opportunity.  In the last semester, students  work with Ms. Ford and Ms. Richard to select the best facility for their educational experience.  The combination of their degree and healthcare experience
leads to better career placement.   


Certificates Offered:
Insurance Certificate Program
Healthcare Receptionist Program
Healthcare Management Certificate Program


Professional Organizations
» Medical Group Managers Association (MGMA)
» North Carolina Medical Group Managers (NCMGM)
» Western Piedmont Medical Professionals (WPMP)
» North Carolina Healthcare Financial Management Association (NCHFMA)

 

» Suggested Program Sequence (PDF)


 
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Updated 05.26.2015: Healthcare Management