What Is a Medical Record Technician?

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A medical record technician is responsible for keeping and managing the medical records for a doctors office to ensure proper billing. Spend nine months to two years training to be a medical record technician with information from a family doctor in this free video on medical careers.

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Hello, my name is Dr. David Cathcart. Now I'm from Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri. A medical record technician is a person that has a generally Associate degree; as so, at the, at minimum it's nine months and maybe as much as two years after their high school degree. And the medical record technician is the person who is responsible for keeping or for managing the medical records. Medical records anymore, now have many, many requirements or a privacy concerns. There are, the insurance companies have many requirements with respect to what is documented in the past history and what is documented with the current clinical findings and all those things are, have a bearing on how the bill is generated. In other words, if a certain aspects are not in the medical record, then a bill can only be generated for those things that are actually documented in the medical records. So the medical record technician ensures those things are there, ensures that they're in their, in their proper order. Most medical record technicians will make somewhere in the range of twenty five to maybe as much as thirty five thousand dollars a year. Again, it depends on, on the level of responsibility they have; if they're managing other people or other people working underneath them. Thanks for taking this time to explore medical careers with me. Again, I'm Dr. David Cathcart with Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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