Patient Advocate Specialist Certificate Program

Course Information

Program Duration: 9 Months
Tuition: $3,950.00
Course Level: Advanced
Mentor Supported: Yes

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Course Overview

This training program combines a two course training track:

Patient Advocacy

Medical Office Assistant

Patient advocates help patients in various ways. They may ensure a patient sees the appropriate doctors; that his or her treatment plan is being followed; that the patient is taking advantage of all available treatment options. They coordinate care between doctors, if needed.

Additional duties include education for the patient, family and caregivers, and research into a patient's condition. Some patient advocates also shepherd a patient's claims through the health insurance system. They help make sure billing departments are filing properly and insurance processors are paying correctly. Advocates are employed by hospitals, rehab centers or other medical facilities; nonprofit organizations; government agencies; insurance companies; or for-profit patient advocacy firms. Others are self-employed.

The Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not track the profession of patient advocacy, so statistics as to its projected growth are difficult to come by. However, the profession is considered to be a growing one, as an aging population increasingly makes use of medical services and needs assistance in navigating today's complex healthcare system. In recent years, publications such as US News and World Report and Entrepreneur magazine have recognized it as an up-and-coming career field. Colleges, in turn, are adding programs to teach these skills.

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Program Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

Comprehend the principles of advocacy in the healthcare setting

Identify methods for assisting with the financing of healthcare

Define consumers ethical rights and cultural competency

Identify methods for advocating preventive healthcare

Comprehend the principles of policy advocacy

Comprehend the role of medical office assistant professional

Identify the steps for managing patient records

Identify the standards for professional oral and written communication

Identify the steps for managing various office financials

Define the requirements for basic office management

 
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What is difference between a certificate and a certification?

By successfully completing a course through one of our college or university partners the student is awarded a Certificate of Completion from the institution. If there is a state or national exam that the course is preparing a student for, the proper certifying body will be indicated and that association will proctor and award any type of certification. This is the student’s responsibility, although ECA is here to help guide our students in the right direction.

Does this course translate in to college credit?

Through our college and university partners, ECA offers non-credit certificate programs.

How long do access to my complete my course?

Access will begin on your start date and end on your end date unless otherwise specified. If you are falling behind in your course please contact an Education Consultant to talk about your options.

When are the course start dates?

The course start dates are determined by the student due to open-enrollment.

Is the Certification exam included in the course?

The certification exam is not included in the cost of the course unless otherwise specified in the course education and training plan.

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