Medical Secretary

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Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.

Duties include:

  • Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
  • Schedule and confirm patient diagnostic appointments, surgeries, or medical consultations.
  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff.
  • Operate office equipment, such as voice mail messaging systems, and use word processing, spreadsheet, or other software applications to prepare reports, invoices, financial statements, letters, case histories, or medical records.
  • Complete insurance or other claim forms.
  • Interview patients to complete documents, case histories, or forms, such as intake or insurance forms.
  • Receive and route messages or documents, such as laboratory results, to appropriate staff.
  • Compile and record medical charts, reports, or correspondence, using typewriter or personal computer.
  • Transmit correspondence or medical records by mail, e-mail, or fax.
  • Maintain medical records, technical library, or correspondence files.
Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
229
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
235
Jobs Percentage Change: 
2.6%
Total Annual Openings: 
8
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$13.39
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$17.12
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$19.00
Salary Range: 
$20,000 - $40,000
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
1 year

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
Time to Complete: 
1 year

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Optional
Coding License Required: 
No
Certification(s) Required: 
No
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Hospital
Long-Term Care Facility
Private Medical Practice or Private Company
Types of Interaction: 
Support Role