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Health Information Specialist

This course equips you to earn both the CEHRS and CBCS certifications to level up your future career in the healthcare administration field.

23 Weeks

Program Length

CEHRS & CBCS

Certification

Issuing Authority

Health Information Specialist enters medical records into computer.

Career Insight

What does a Health Information Specialist do?

As medical records and health information technician, you’ll need to bring a lot of skills to the table. Your work will require tech knowledge, but you’ll also need to be an effective communicator with strong analytical skills. Health Information Specialist is one of the few jobs in the medical field in which there’s no direct patient care. Rather, you’ll be working in an office setting and spend the bulk of your workday on a computer. While other responsibilities might vary, the typical health information specialist can expect to perform the following duties:

 Reviewing patient records for accuracy

 Tracking patient outcomes for quality assessment

 Maintaining confidentiality of patient records

 Recording data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting

 Assign clinical codes utilizing classification software

JOB OUTLOOK

Potential Career Paths

As a Health Information Specialist, you can work in almost every type of healthcare facility: hospitals, health clinics, physician offices, and other healthcare businesses. Most positions are full-time and in an office setting.

With NTI’s Health Information Specialist program, you will gain the skills you need to enter one of the most essential fields in allied health as a medical records specialist. This course prepares the student to take BOTH the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) and the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification exams. Individuals who have earned the CEHRS and the CBCS credentials have the skills to find jobs as:

 Health Information Specialist

 Clinical Data Manager

 Billing and Coding Professional

 Health Information Technician

21,490

ENTRY-LEVEL JOBS AVAILABLE IN THE US
 
The push for electronic health records (EHRs) by all healthcare providers will lead to an increased need for qualified HIT professionals that will grow by about 8% through 2029, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. According to ziprecruiter.com, “the majority of Electronic Health Record Specialist salaries currently range between $33,000 (25th percentile) to $71,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $115,500 annually across the United States.”
 

Note: Salaries can vary widely depending on education, experience, employer, and even geographic area. Job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights, ziprecruiter.com, and the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Data is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

 

21,490

ENTRY-LEVEL JOBS AVAILABLE IN THE US
 
The push for electronic health records (EHRs) by all healthcare providers will lead to an increased need for qualified HIT professionals that will grow by about 8% through 2029, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. According to ziprecruiter.com, “the majority of Electronic Health Record Specialist salaries currently range between $33,000 (25th percentile) to $71,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $115,500 annually across the United States.”
 

Note: Salaries can vary widely depending on education, experience, employer, and even geographic area. Job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights, ziprecruiter.com, and the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Data is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

 

JOB OUTLOOK

Potential Career Paths

As a Health Information Specialist, you can work in almost every type of healthcare facility: hospitals, health clinics, physician offices, and other healthcare businesses. Most positions are full-time and in an office setting.

With NTI’s Health Information Specialist program, you will gain the skills you need to enter one of the most essential fields in allied health as a medical records specialist. This course prepares the student to take BOTH the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) and the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification exams. Individuals who have earned the CEHRS and the CBCS credentials have the skills to find jobs as:

 Health Information Specialist

 Clinical Data Manager

 Billing and Coding Professional

 Health Information Technician

Here's How It Works

GET TRAINED

Learn at your own pace with our expert-led online training modules.

TAKE EXAMS

Review past quizzes and tests, and take advantage of skills demonstrations and activities to prepare for the certification exam.

CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS

NTI's Career Services team will connect you with employers hiring for entry-level roles in your field.

Here's How It Works

GET TRAINED

Learn at your own pace with our expert-let online training modules.

TAKE EXAMS

Review past quizzes and tests, and take advantage of skills demonstrations and activities to prepare for the certification exam.

CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS

NTI's Career Services team will connect you with employers hiring for entry-level roles in your field.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Health Information Specialist

This course will provide the instructional tools needed to facilitate student learning of the electronic health record process. Administrative, clinical, and billing applications are discussed, as well as real-world situations that the students will encounter in the workforce.

With the Medical Billing program that is also included in this course, you will gain the skills you need to enter one of the fastest-growing fields in allied health as a medical billing specialist. In this program, you will gain hands-on, practical experience working with the main coding manuals in the field, the ICD-9-CM, and the CPT. In addition; you will be introduced to the new ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding system. You will also master the legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts that are central to this field.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student is prepared to sit for both of the following certification(s): National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) and NHA Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS).

 

Scheduling Details

Schedule: Coursework available 24/7

Total Course Hours: 455

Estimated Completion Time: 

Set your own pace…You decide how quickly you want to get certified.

  • Students who commit 20 hours/week can complete in 23 weeks.
  • Students who commit 10 hours/week can complete in 46 weeks.

Maximum time to complete: Students have access to the online course materials for 12 months.

Instruction & Evaluation Strategies
  • Expert-led online video training
  • Skills demonstrations, simulations, and online activities to aid learning
  • Quizzes and Exams
Books and Materials Used:
  • Buck’s 2021 HCPCS Level II (Physical Book)

  • Buck’s 2021 ICD-10-CM for Hospitals (Physical Book)  

  • CPT 2021 Professional Edition (Physical Book) 

  • Fordney’s Medical Insurance 15th Edition (eBook) 

  • Workbook for Fordney’s Medical Insurance 15th Edition (eBook)
  • The Electronic Health Record for the Physician’s Office, Third Edition (eBook)

  • Software: SimChart for the Medical Office

Textbooks are included in the cost of tuition.

Outline/Lessons

Electronic Health Records Specialist Career Prep Curriculum

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Electronic Health Records
  • Lesson 2: Overview of SimChart for the Medical Office
  • Lesson 3: Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security
  • Lesson 4: Administrative Use of the Electronic Health Record Patient Letter
  • Lesson 5: Clinical Use of the Electronic Health Record
  • Lesson 6: Using the Electronic Health Record for Reimbursement
  • Lesson 7: The Personal Health Record and Patient Portals

Medical Billing Career Prep Curriculum:

  • Lesson 1: Role of the Insurance Billing Specialist
  • Lesson 2: Compliance, Privacy, Fraud, and Abuse in Insurance Billing
  • Lesson 3: Basics of Health Insurance
  • Lesson 4: The Blue Plans, Private Insurance, & Managed Health Care Plans
  • Lesson 5: Medicare, Medicaid, & Other State Programs
Upon successful completion students will be able to:
  • Identify administrative, clinical, and billing applications.
  • Utilize medical terminology systems.
  • Identify body structure and the main systems of the human body.
  • Recognize, pronounce. build and spell words related to the body structure.
  • Demonstrate working with the main coding manuals in the field, the ICD-10-CM, and the CPT.
  • Master the legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts.
  • Review patients’ records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data.
  • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries.
  • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment.
  • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for insurance reimbursement and data analysis.
  • Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patients’ records.

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In addition to offering comprehensive student support dedicated to helping you reach your goals, NTI’s online programs work within your schedule. Call today at (469) 930-2404 to connect with an advisor or fill out the form below. We’re here to help!

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