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Why Is There A Growing Demand for Medical Assistants?

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 29% from 2012 to 2022. Outpatient centers alone are projected to require a 57% increase the number of medical assistants hired in the next ten years. With this unprecedented surge in available positions, the question remains - why is there such a demand for medical assistants and is now the best time to consider training as one? Why Is Demand Growing? Healthcare is a complicated issue, and there are a number of reasons why there has been a sudden upsurge in demand for medical..


Medical Ethics in Billing and Coding

Medical Ethics in billing and coding

Medical ethics is, or should be, on the minds of all of those providing or billing for medical services. For the medical biller, especially when choosing diagnostic or procedure codes, it is of the utmost importance to learn and follow the guidelines posted in the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision as well as in the Current Procedural Terminology reference material.   There are many edits in computer based programs today used by insurers to flag improperly billed claims. This can cause post-payment review audits, resulting in a practice having to repay thousands of dollars in improperly billed claims.  Using..


Massage Used in Relief of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression mother with her child

It is not at all unusual for most new mothers to experience mood disorders after the birth of their child. The dramatic shift in hormones, the labor and birth, and general fatigue all contribute to fleeting feelings of sadness. As many as two-thirds of new mothers worldwide experience postpartum blues, also known as "baby blues." The onset generally occurs at about day three and the duration of these transient feelings of sadness is about a week or two. The blues are characterized by weeping, insomnia, fatigue, moodiness, and anxiety but is self-limiting. With some rest, support, sunshine, and compassion, these..


4 Golden Rules to Survive as a Medical Assistant

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If you want to work as a medical assistant, you should know you got out of the frying pan and thrown into the fire when you step into the professional world. Therefore you should prepare your mind for tough challenges and change your comfort zone from time to time.   Following, we are going to discuss the golden rules you should follow to survive as an assistant. Learn the Ropes Working as a Medical Assistant, your biggest responsibility is patient flow. You have to ensure everything goes smooth. Therefore you need to learn the ropes from your first day. You..


Distance Education versus Blended Programs

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If you are considering a new career path which is leading you to furthering your education, there are many options available today. Many colleges offer full distance education programs; these programs allow you to access all of your materials online and do not require you to be present on campus during your program. Although this option allows you the freedom to create your own schedule, it does not provide the ability to receive hands on, one-on-one help with an instructor or the college experience of fellowship with your classmates.   In blended programs such as the Medical Billing and Coding..


Massage and the Cancer Patient

A female cancer patient looking optimistically out into the void knowing a better future awaits out there for her to experience.

For years, massage and bodywork was contraindicated for cancer patients. Massage schools, mostly fearing that bodywork could spread cancer, largely taught their students to avoid working with cancer patients. The notion is still pervasive in the bodywork community. But as the field of massage therapy matures, its knowledge base expands, and the notion that massage is contraindicated for cancer patients is changing. There are still hurdles to overcome. How massage therapy fits into traditional insurance or managed care coverage is a gray area. And old attitudes about contraindication die hard.   Massage and bodywork are increasingly important weapons in the..


Medical Billing and Coding Certification

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One important reason to attend an accredited Career College like Northwest is the nationally recognized certification exam you will sit for at the completion of your program. The National Healthcareer Association’s Certified Billing and Coding Specialist Certification communicates to prospective employers that you are serious about your career. The requirement for continuing education credits to maintain your certification tells them you will take it upon yourself to stay current in the field.   Many students ask if it is necessary to become certified in Medical Billing and Coding. Quite frankly, a certification is not mandatory to obtain an entry level..


Massage During End of Life Care

Old woman receiving hospice care massage therapy

In recent years, people have been speaking out more about death and about compassionate care for the dying. At the same time, the ancient healing modality of massage has been recollected and recognized as a viable resource in palliative care, as well as in health care. Hospice has evolved into a care program that attempts to provide for the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of those approaching death. Hospice care has become a strong force in the search for a more unified approach to death that combines medical technology with compassionate care of the whole person.   The basic..


Combination Codes in ICD10

Combination Codes in ICD10

When the switch to ICD10 (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision) occurred officially on October 1, 2015, many changes to the way coders have been assigning codes went into place. One of the changes is the addition of combination codes. A combination code is a single code used to classify two diagnoses, a diagnosis with an associated secondary process (manifestation) or a diagnosis with an associated complication.   In the ICD10 Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, combination codes are identified by referring to sub term entries in the alphabetic index and by reading the notes in the tabular list...


What is an EOB?

Explanation-of-Benefits form

Medical Billers and Coders along with all Medical Insurance Specialists know what an EOB is. Actually, you probably do too! An EOB is an Explanation of Benefits, that piece of paper you receive from your insurance company after paying a visit to a health care provider. To the layman, EOB’s may as well be written in a language only understood by Martians as they can be quite confusing to the general population, and this is why as a Medical Insurance Specialist you will receive numerous calls from patients asking for an explanation of the explanation!   One of the many..