Electronic Health Records Specialists are in demand across the country. The field is growing much faster than average, with an expected 23,100 new jobs expected by 2028. These jobs are rewarding, well-paying and highly portable. Wherever you are, there's a need for an Electronic Health Records Specialist.

How Can You Become an Electronic Health Records Specialist?

You don't need a college degree to become an Electronic Health Records Specialist. As long as you have your high school diploma, you can complete an Electronic Health Records Specialist training program like the one MedCerts offers, and get certified.

After completing our Electronic Health Records course, you’ll be more than prepared to get your Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) credential through the National Healthcareer Association, one of the largest healthcare certification providers in the country. The test includes 100 questions plus 10 pretest questions, and you have an hour and 50 minutes to complete it.

Once you've passed, you can get an EHR Specialist job anywhere in the country.

What Does an Electronic Health Records Specialist Do?

An Electronic Health Records (EHR) Specialist is responsible for the safety and security of patient records. That means:

  • Reviewing records for completeness and accuracy
  • Submitting reimbursement claims with the proper coding
  • Processing Release of Information requests from specialists and other providers
  • Evaluating records for regulatory compliance

You probably don't know what most of these things mean yet, but don't worry—that's what Electronic Health Record training is for.

What Will You Learn in Electronic Health Records Training?

An Electronic Health Records Specialist needs to be able to competently review, assess, and process patients' medical records. There are two basic categories of expertise that you'll need:

  1. Medical terminology and how to use it
  2. Regulations and best practices related to health records

These are the two curriculum units that you'll complete in your EHR Specialist career training program with MedCerts.

Anatomy and Terminology

In your 6-week medical terminology and human anatomy course, you'll learn how doctors and nurses describe the body and its functions. You'll learn to recognize the structure of all 11 body systems and be able to call body parts by their official names. You'll also be able to break down the structure of medical terms you've never seen before to figure out what they mean.

Everything you learn will be directly applicable in a healthcare setting.

Electronic Health Records

This 8-week, 128-hour course teaches you everything you need to know to manage medical records. That includes the basics of health records software as well as standard practices for billing and insurance.

You'll also learn all of the regulatory compliance laws that you'll need to follow as an EHR specialist. That includes HIPAA, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act.

Don't worry. It sounds scarier than it is. But it is a serious business, and that's why employers want you to be certified.

Getting Electronic Health Record Training with a MyCAA Scholarship

Electronic health record training costs just $2,700 with MedCerts. That said, if you're a military spouse eligible for a MyCAA funding grant, you can complete the program at no cost. Like other MyCAA schools, MedCerts provides medical assistant training and other educational programs, including the EHR Specialist program, so that military spouses can work and contribute wherever they are.

MedCerts also accepts private payers, of course, and offers monthly payment plans to make training affordable. There's no excuse—get started today.

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Written by MedCerts Team
Published on November 20, 2019

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