The Importance of Continuing Education for Medical Administrative Assistants

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  • March 12, 2024
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The Importance of Continuing Education for Medical Administrative Assistants

Are you currently working as a medical administrative assistant, a medical office assistant, or a healthcare administrative assistant? Or are you considering going to school to pursue a career path in healthcare administration? If so, you’ve probably heard about continuing education and may wonder why it is such a big deal. 

Even though the modern medical industry has been around for decades, it continues to evolve rapidly. Continuing education helps you stay sharp, up-to-date, and ahead of the game in the fast-paced world of healthcare. This article will explain the benefits in greater detail and hopefully motivate you to continue investing in yourself and your professional development.

Although it may seem slow-moving from the outside looking in, the healthcare field is constantly changing, and keeping up can be tricky. Staying in the loop about emerging trends is necessary to be a successful medical administrator. Medical practices that prioritize continuing education have a lower error rate in administrative tasks.

New Technologies

New technology is released consistently to make healthcare better and more efficient. The clinical staff will typically focus on assessing new hardware that can be used for procedures, while the administrative staff is often responsible for investigating software offerings. Continuing education teaches you about the existence of such technology (so you know your options) or how to use the latest technology tools your business has adopted.

Healthcare Regulations 

Laws and regulations in healthcare change often. With so many agencies to keep track of at the local, state, and federal levels, administrators must consistently monitor changes to avoid compliance issues. Insurance carrier rules offer similar compliance challenges. Ongoing continuing education ensures you’re always on the right side of the law.

Patient Care Techniques

New research can lead to changes in how we take care of patients. This is typically the responsibility of clinical staff, but staying educated about best practices for operating a medical practice (versus delivering treatment) means you can support the medical team in providing the best care.

Enhancing Your Career Path

Whether you are a new medical administrative assistant seeking to break into the industry or an experienced administrator looking to broaden their skill set, learning more can do wonders for your career. Here’s how:

Increased Confidence

Refining your knowledge will boost your confidence over time. This can make you more effective in your role and more likely to take on new challenges.

Better Job Opportunities

The more you know, the more valuable you are to your employer. This can open doors to new opportunities and advancements as you can take on additional responsibilities or sometimes create a new, custom role within the practice. If your current employer is unprepared or unable to offer you an expanded role, you can pursue opportunities with other practices.

Networking

Continuing education classes can be a great way to meet other professionals in your field. These connections can lead to new career opportunities, especially since the context in which you meet these other professionals demonstrates a commitment to professional development that increases your credibility.

Improving Patient Satisfaction

Continuing education makes you better at your job. This is good for you as a professional, as described above. Equally important, it enables you to deliver a higher-quality patient experience to the patrons of your medical practice.

Improved Efficiency and Clarity

The better you are at your job, the smoother things run in your practice. This means less waiting and hassle for patients. You also provide greater clarity of information to patients as you become more proficient at your job, improving their overall experience.

Error Reduction

Continuing education can help reduce mistakes, meaning patients get accurate billing and scheduling, which keeps them happy.

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Conclusion

Continuing education offers numerous benefits to medical administrative assistants. It improves your job prospects and helps to ensure patients get the care they deserve. Whether it’s online courses, workshops, or seminars, continued education is a no-brainer. Stay curious and watch how it transforms your career and the care you help provide.

Corey Del Pino
Author
Dean Of Clinical Programs

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Corey Del Pino attended Northern Arizona University after high school and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a Chemistry Minor in 2012. After attending Mohave Community College and earning her Medical…Read Full Bio


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