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5 Important Questions to Ask When You Are Choosing Your Medical Assistant School

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If you are looking for a career as a medical assistant, one of the most important things you can do is pick the right medical assisting school. Your school needs to have all of the features you need to make sure you are getting the best from your training, so it’s always a good idea to ask some pertinent questions before you sign up. To make that process as easy as possible for you, and to help find the right medical assisting school for you, here are five important questions to ask when you are choosing your medical assistant school...

Why Now Is the Best Time to Become a Medical Coder

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The outlook for medical billing and coding students is extremely bright! In fact, students who are looking to earn a medical billing and coding certificate are poised to benefit from the 22 percent employment surge, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The reason that medical billers and coders are in such high demand is pretty simple, ICD-10. ICD-10 is the new coding system that was federally-mandated to be the replacement for ICD-9, a 36-year-old system used for coding diseases, diagnoses and clinical procedures. The issue surrounding ICD-10 is that it represents a huge learning curve for existing medical..

Why Logistics Is a Great Career Opportunity for Veterans

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Napoleon Bonaparte was famously quoted as saying “an army marches on its stomach” while the famous Roman statesman and general said “The sinews of war are infinite money.” Both of these men, well versed in war, understood that logistics was the backbone of the military, and that has never been truer than today.   In the age of global warfare, logistics makes or breaks a campaign, as supply chains can stretch around the world. This being the case, it is unsurprising that many soldiers play a role in the army logistics chain.   Once veterans leave the service, that logistics..

What You Need for Your First Day of College Classes at Northwest

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Your first day of classes in any new environment, even one as friendly and welcoming as Northwest, can be pretty daunting. There’s a lot for you to learn, a lot of new faces and places, and a lot a people bustling busy around.   While we can’t help with how busy you’ll be, beyond providing you with flexible class options to suit you busy Las Vegas life, we can make things a little easier by giving you a checklist of what you’ll need, in terms of equipment, for your first day of college classes at Northwest. Your College Essentials A..

The Difficulties of Rejoining Society After a Felony Conviction

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The myth constructed around the US justice systems is the once a felon has been convicted, incarcerated, theoretically rehabilitated and the released, that they are free to rejoin society, having served their time, so to speak.   The reality is that there are overwhelming barriers to those who have served their time become useful parts of society again, from an inability to get employment to felony disenfranchisement laws that prevent them from taking part in our democratic system.   It’s easy to see felony convicts as hardened criminals serving long sentences for horrible crimes, but a recent U.S. Department of..

The Danger of Prescription Opioids

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Every day in America 91 people die of an opioid overdose, meaning opioids have overtaken car accidents as one of the most common causes of death in the US. The opioid crisis sweeping the US also has a price tag that goes beyond this staggering cost in human lives, opioid misuse costs the U.S. $78 billion annually in healthcare, law enforcement and lost productivity.   Given the huge costs involved, the question of what opioids are, how they can be misused and what can be done to prevent that misuse is some of the most important question facing America today...

How to Become a Virtual Assistant

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Working from home as a freelance contractor is a rapid growth market in the US as more and more people are drawn to the freedom of working for themselves. One of the jobs that has recently made the transition to this new digital working environment is that of the administrative assistant.   The transition makes sense, as most of a modern administrative assistant’s work is done digitally using email, phone and bespoke software that can be installed on any computer. So, if you are looking to turn your administrative qualifications into a career you can carry on from the comfort..

How Advancing Technology Is Keeping Us Healthier

Advancing Technology in medical

One of the most exciting things about working in the medical sector, be that medicine, dentistry, or pharmacology, is the pace at which technology is adding new tools that healthcare provider can use to treat their patients. Over the past one hundred years, we have moved from treating wounds with sulfur and managing deadly influenza outbreaks in the mainland US to 3D printing replacement limbs and inventing wireless wearable technology that can map our healthcare needs in real time. In this article, we will be looking at recent technological additions that are helping to shape and improve the field of..

How to Become a Paramedic/EMT

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Saving lives is something that anyone can learn to do at any point, which is exactly why we here at Northwest offer free CPR classes to our students. However, for some, the act of saving a life becomes a calling, leading them to train as some of our most valued first responders, paramedics and emergency medical technician (EMT). If a career saving the lives of other appeals to you, here is a short guide to becoming a paramedic or EMT. Paramedic/EMT: What Is the Difference? The terms paramedic and EMT are used fairly interchangeably, but the reality is that they are tow..

A Day in the Life of a Legal Administrative Assistant

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Legal administrative assistants play a vital role in our modern legal system, providing essential administrative support to lawyers and paralegals. However, the terminology around the job role can sometimes make identifying exactly what the job role contains a little tricky.   The legal administrative assistant is often confused with the “legal assistant” which the American Bar Associate lists as another term for Paralegal. To make things clearer, we’ve put together a short guide on the responsibilities and duties that make up a day in the life of a legal administrative assistant. What is a Legal Administrative Assistant? The American Bar..