Reasons to Become an MOP
Oct. 17, 2016
It might not sound like the sexiest or most exciting role in health care, but when it comes down to it, the Medical Office Professional (MOP) probably is the most comprehensive position in the industry. Not only must an MOP possess extensive administrative skills, including increasingly important billing and coding knowledge, but most also are required to possess basic skills in medical care, such as triage.
Concordeâs Medical Office Professional diploma program, offered at our Memphis, Tenn. and Southaven, Miss. campuses, prepares you for this rewarding field through an inside-out knowledge of medical and health care office operations in as few as eight months. MOP jobs are projected to grow at a higher-than-average rate over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the coding and billing aspect especially is white hot as electronic health record (EHR) technology develops.
It really is a field to think about. But donât just take it from us. Here are three top reasons to become an MOP from LaWandra Ellzey, MA/MOP Program Director at Concorde â Southaven.
Reasons to become a Medical Office Professional
- MOPs are the greeters for the office and can really help set the tone along with the Medical Assistant for the day.
- MOPs enjoy working with computers and front office administration.
- Most of them do not like direct contact with patients and prefer to handle paperwork.
Advancements in the Medical Office Professional world
According to Ellzey, opportunities abound for MOPs in the area of career advancement, and there is a wide variety of positions an MOP can work in and out of the physicianâs office.
As mentioned before, having knowledge in billing and coding is very helpful.
âEHR is very exciting and new for this phase of the medical field,â Ellzey said. âThere has been such an advancement in the managing and maintaining of patientsâ medical records.â
Other duties of the Medical Office Professional
In addition to coding and other administrative tasks, Ellzey said she thinks itâs important that all MOPs be cross-trained to assist in the triaging of patients, such as measuring blood pressure and taking other vitals.
âThis is something that I have begun to do with MOPs under my leadership, allowing the lab to come to the classroom setting,â she said. âThis helps them to understand what goes on behind the scenes and how various labs are coded and classified.â
Ellzey said she recently took her MOP students along with the Medical Assistant students to the Medical Educational & Research Institute
in Memphis, where they were able to actually handle and see body parts such as the brain, heart, lungs and limbs.
This is the kind of training you get at Concorde in this exciting, fast-growing health care field. Concordeâs Medical Office Professional
training prepares you for medical office management through hands-on coursework that takes into account your real-world work setting. Youâll learn medical office functions that will reverberate beyond your workplace to your larger community.