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Business and Information Technology Education
Foundations of Medical Office/Medical Terminology
As students prepare for a position as a medical office assistant, medical records technician, medical coder, or medical transcriptionist, they will learn administrative routines and procedures followed in a medical office. The importance of complete accuracy and confidentiality in maintaining medical records will be stressed. Some of the areas emphasized in this course will include administrative responsibilities, patient ds, advanced word processing, employability skills, finance and management as they apply in a medical office setting.
Blake McCrabb
Fundamentals of Administrative Technologies
Medical Terminology

Anatomical Mapping
-Define the following directional terms and planes: Lateral, proximal, anterior, posterior, sagittal, frontal, pronation, and abduction

Cardiovascular System
-Identify the following structures: superior vena cava, pulmonic value, mitral value, sinoatrial node, tricuspid value, aortic value, carina, and pulmonary artery.
-Define the following terms: aneurysm, ventricle, Thrombocytopenic purpura, myocardium, serum.

Digestive System
-Identify the following structure: hepatic duct.
-Define the following terms: haustra, retroperitoneal, ileum, biliary colic
-Identify the structure where a gall stone would be located if a patient had cholelithiasis

Endocrine/Lymphatic/Urinary Systems
-Define the following terms: Cushingoid, pyelonephritis, proenzyme, lymphadenopathy, oliguria, and spleen.

Musculoskeletal System
-Identify the following structures: hinge, distal end of the humerus, metacarpal, and vestigial vertebrae.
-Identify which group of verbrae contains sympathetic and parasympathetic control in the pelvic region of the body
-Identify which region of the vertebrae could potentially result in a respiratory arrest
-Define the term haustra

Nervous System
-Identify the region of the nervous system that leaves the skull through the foramen mangnum
-Identify the region of brain that contains the neurons responsible for respiratory control
-Define the following terms: cephalic, Stereognosis, medulla oblongata, and radial keratotomy

Reproductive System
-Identify the following structures: lies both inferior and adjacent to the urinary bladder, causes abdominal pain in women, and can enlarge and cause difficult urination in older men
-Define the following terms: colposcopy and spermatic cord

Respiratory System
-Identify the cricoid cartilage
-Define the following terms: agonal, laryngostomy, visceral pleura, and pharynx

Specific Field-Related Terms/Etymology
-Identify the structure that is responsible for performing oxygen exchange and waste removal from the fetus
-Define the following terms: mydriatic, phototherapy, iatrogenic, cholangiogram, tonometer, and erythema

Medical Office Skills
Employee Relations
-Identify how to determine if a health care professional must be licensed or certified in order to perform services
-Define the following abbreviations: CEU/CME, and DEA
-Define the certification process
-Determine who is responsible for employee instruction and training for new office equipment

Facility Maintenance/Safety
-Determine how often medical office equipment must be cleaned or serviced
-Define the system in which staff members wear a badge that measures the amount of radiation exposure in a medical office

-Identify which federal agency issues guidelines for medical facilities to follow in order to prevent accidents, and hazardous chemical spills
-Determine how often medical equipment used to provide patient testing or procedures must be checked for calibration and safety

General Knowledge
-Determine which medical professional would call in patient prescriptions (Example, established patient on same meds for years, is seen every few months, requests refill of meds
-Define the Hippocratic Oath and what medical professionals must swear to and uphold it

Insurance Coverage
-Define who is eligible for Medicare and what types or parts of coverage are available
-Determine the appropriate insurance verification procedures for new patients
-Define the following terms: Fee for Service, Capitation fee, Pre-certification, and referral
-Determine which group of individuals might possibly be a recipients of Medicaid (example, children from low income families, foster care children, etc.)

Medical Terminology
-Define the following terms: gravida, algia, and leukopenia
-Determine what standards are used to calculate or document the percentage of a patient's body that has been burned
-Define the following abbreviations: ETOH, r/o, and H & P

-Define the following terms: tickler system, autoclave unit, After Hours Coverage, biomedical, and medical office etiquette
-Identify the meaning of the standard abbreviation "H & H" used in a common laboratory procedure
-Determine the amount of time for routine office visits when scheduling patient appointments

Patient Charts/Medical Records
-Define the following terms: deferred and operative report
-Determine what the abbreviation "hx" represents in patient's chart
-Identify the MINIMUM length of time a medical office must retain most patient medical records
-Determine who is the legal owner of a medical office patient's medical chart
-Demonstrate legal and ethical behavior and practices within the medical arena
- Practice empathy and compassion with patients and their families
-Conform and comply with state and federal mandates
-Plan, organize, and implement teamwork activities


Career Cluster Resources for Business, Management, and Administration:
Required Brainbench Certifications (or equivalent industry certification):
-Medical Terminology
-Medical Office Skills

Recommended Additional Competency Testing:
-Business Ethics Awareness (US)

Recognized Primary Course Textbooks and Instructional Resources:

South-Western - Medical Terminology - ISBN 1-4188-6226-6
South-Western - Course ILT: Medical Billing and Coding: Basic
ISBN: 1-4188-1487-3
Saunders/Elsevier - Health Information Technology, 2nd Edition - ISBN: 978-4160-2316-6

McGraw-Hill Higher Education - Medical Office Procedures, 6th Edition - ISBN: 978-0-07-320108-5

DCM Instructional Systems - Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology 350, ISBN: 0-91401-06-0

PMIC - Stedman's Medical Dictionary for Health Professions and Nursing, ISBN: 0-781762-12-X

Delmar Thomson Learning - Medical Terminology for Health Professionals, 5th edition, ISBN: 978-1-4018-6026-4

Delmar Thomson Learning - Diversified Health Occupations, ISBN: 0-7668-1820-9

Delmar Thomson Learning - Diversified Health Occupations, ISBN: 0-7668-1822-5

McGraw-Hill - Understanding Human Anatomy & Physiology, ISBN: 0-07-328886-1

McGraw-Hill - Stedman's Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions & Nursing, ISBN: 0-781762-12-X

Glencoe-McGraw Hill - Administrative Procedures for Medical Assisting Study Guide, ISBN: 0-02-804863-8

Glencoe-McGraw Hill - Administrative Procedures for Medical Assisting Textbook, ISBN: 0-02-8048745-1

Glencoe-McGraw Hill, Processing Medical Documents, 2nd edition, ISBN: 0-02-804745-1
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Business Management & Administration Administrative & Information Support Administrative Medical Assistant
Business Management & Administration Administrative & Information Support Electronic Health Record Specialist (EHR Specialist)
Business Management & Administration Administrative & Information Support Medical Insurance Coder
Business Management & Administration Administrative & Information Support Medical Office Assistant
Business Management & Administration Administrative & Information Support Medical Transcriptionist