One of the very exciting events as Ross Medical Education Center students begin to pursue their career goals, is the opportunity to attend professional meetings to learn more about their chosen fields and to meet other healthcare professionals already in the field. At the beginning of the month, Rebecca Jackson, Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration Instructor from the Flint campus, took her students to the Michigan Medical Billers Association’s East Michigan Chapter Meeting in Grand Blanc. Students arrived at the Genesys Health Club and were treated to a continental breakfast while listening to Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) present on BCN and BCBS Support Changes, Radiology Services, webDENIS, BCBS Medicare Advantage-Problems and Solutions, Quality Documentation and Coding, and Coding Principles and Examples.
After a fabulous lunch, students were invited to stay and listen to a presentation from the Michigan State Medical Society Health Care Delivery Department on Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier. Heather Strieff, Administrative Assistant for the Michigan Medical Billers Association, was happy to accommodate both evening and morning students with two reserved tables at the meeting. One of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield speakers even mentioned the attending Ross Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration students during her presentation! Students were able to mingle with actual billers throughout the meeting, and received certificates of attendance to put in their portfolios.
Rebecca Jackson was so proud of her students. She and her classes we also very thankful to Michigan Medical Billers Association for allowing them to attend and learn the importance of staying up-to-date in the medical field. Her students commented that they absorbed the most from the presentation on Quality Documentation and Coding. “It was fantastic to see their faces light up when they recognized things we discussed in the class about coding!” Ms. Jackson stated after the meeting, “I even recognized two graduates who are now billers at local medical practices! I invited them back as guest speakers.”
For more information, please visit Michigan Medical Billers Association’s website at www.mmbaonline.org.