Title: Windows 8
When: Tues, Dec 3, 2011 1 PM - 2 PM PST
Presenter: Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour | Credits: 1 TW
Windows 8 is fundamentally different than previous versions of Windows. Attendees will learn how to install and use the new Windows 8 system including the charms bar, metro UI, Windows 8 apps and other new features.
The pharmacy technician position is one of the fastest growing in the modern job market, as an aging population leads naturally to the need for a greater number of qualified, well-trained pharmacy employees. Due to this demand, and the overall appeal of pharmacy technician careers, Med-Line School is excited to announce the introduction of a comprehensive, three-month pharmacy technician course. Through this course, students will gain all of the necessary knowledge to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam and work effectively in a growing, rewarding industry.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that pharmacy technician job opportunities are set to grow 32 percent year over year, an excellent rate compared to the overall average of 14 percent expected job growth. In addition, pharmacy techs can expect to earn a starting salary of around $30,000 per year, with the top ten percent of pharmacy techs earning over $40,000. With strong starting salaries and high demand in the job market, this is an excellent time to start a new career as a pharmacy technician. Ahead, you will learn the highlights of the Med-Line School pharmacy tech course, along with a little more about the career itself.
What is a pharmacy tech?
The pharmacy technician is integral to the overall function of the pharmacy itself, working in both the customer service and pharmaceutical side of the business. Pharmacy techs help licensed pharmacists by obtaining information from customers, which is then used to fill prescriptions. In addition, pharmacy techs can expect to prepare prescriptions by counting tablets, compounding medications, labeling prescriptions, accepting payments, and processing insurance information.
What does Med-Line School's pharmacy technician course offer?
- Three Month Duration – In a job market that has been tough in recent years, many people want to seek training for a new career, but don't think they have the time. Indeed, the four years and steep tuition rates required for a bachelor's degree can be prohibitive, even for people who are otherwise ambitious. Med-Line School's pharmacy technician course lasts only three months, but packs in all of the information you need to successfully pass the licensing exam, and succeed in your new career. Instead of waiting four years to pursue a new career, you will be ready to go in just three months.
- Low Tuition – If you are looking to get out of an old career, and into a new one, chances are money is a factor. In addition to its short duration, the Med-Line School pharmacy technician course is reasonably priced. In the end, the low tuition is a small investment compared to the gain of a new, high-demand career as a pharmacy technician.
- Comprehensive Training – Though the pharmacy technician course is designed in a streamlined manner for fast completion, no quality is sacrificed in the process. You will learn everything necessary to have a successful career as a pharmacy technician, from the basics to advanced techniques. At the conclusion of the course, you will be armed with everything you need to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.
The pharmacy technician career path offers many rewards, beyond salary and growth. As a pharmacy technician, you will have the opportunity to work in an interesting, fast-paced environment, and help people on a daily basis. With strong growth projected for the foreseeable future, you will also have plenty of job opportunities, and stability once you find the perfect job. It all starts with training, however. With Med-Line School's new pharmacy technician course, you can be ready for your new career in just three months.
This is another year at ACE, AHDI’s Annual convention, and another chance to hear something big that will wow us. I look forward to this conference each year as it is one of the few times so many friends and colleagues are in the same location. We leave with new business contacts, ideas for the future, often with partnerships as well. A lot gets done in 5 days on very little sleep.
While these are great times to networking, arrange business plans, and otherwise make plans for the upcoming year, we have yet to see an ACE that left us feeling that everything is about to change and in a good way. This is something that I heard each year and last night I heard many saying the same. With hard declines in revenue, shrinking staff, and membership concerns, we need some wow announcements to shake up membership and drive former members back. We have a great opportunity to flourish and I expect to be amazed this week.
Here are some things I hope to hear because then we will know we are relevant:
- We will re-define a healthcare documentation specialist as someone who not only knows medical transcription but also know medical coding. The future is not one or the other. The future documentation specialist will do both roles. Positioning our members for this now will give them a huge advantage. There is a reason MTs flock to Med-Line to learn ICD-9 and ICD-10 medical coding.
- We are exploring a merger with AHIMA. The time really has come. We need to set aside our own agenda and position our members for long-term success. The membership and revenue of AHDI has steadily decreases as fewer and fewer are MT only. Many have left the association for AHIMA as they are the true gatekeepers of Healthcare Documentation. Such a merger would be of great value to all members.
- All approved MT training programs will be required to be at least 12 months. There is too much to learn to force training into programs that are under 12 months. We need to be setting up graduates for long-term acute care success.
What are the chances we will hear any of these solutions? What would you like to hear at ACE?
Med-Line has added a new course to our program offerings that covers a major weakness that most MTs and coders have, Health Information Management. As you can see from the outline below, the topics cover a lot of information that most are unfamiliar with. This is a perfect course for anyone looking to remain competitive in a rapidly diversifying market.
This course is roughly 3 months, but it can be completed much faster or you can take longer if you choose, up to 12 months. The course comes with a university-level textbook and is on our state-of-the-art adaptive learning Genesis system.
The course has been approved by AHDI for 10 CECS: 4 PD, 4 ML, and 2 TW
The course is a low $300. You can register here. Be sure to put your current address on the PayPal payment.
The course outline is below:
1. Health Care Delivery Systems.
History of Medicine and Health Care Delivery. Continuum of Care. Health Care Facility Ownership. Health Care Facility Organizational Structure. Licensure, Regulation, and Accreditation.
2. Health Information Management Professionals.
Careers. Professional Practice Experience. Join Your Professional Association.
3. Health Care Settings.
Acute Care Facilities (Hospitals). Ambulatory and Outpatient Care. Behavioral Health Care Facilities. Home Care and Hospice. Long-Term Care. Managed Care. Federal, State, and Local Health Care.
4. The Patient Record: Hospital, Physician Office, and Alternate Care Settings.
Definition and Purpose of the Patient Record. Provider Documentation Responsibilities. Development of the Patient Record. Patient Record Formats. Archived Records. Patient Record Completion Responsibilities.
5. Electronic Health Records.
Evolution of Electronic Health Records. Electronic Health Record Systems. Regional Health Information Organizations. Impact of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act, Public Law 111-5. Components of Electronic Health Record Systems Used in Health Care.
6. Content of the Patient Record: Inpatient, Outpatient, and Physician Office.
General Documentation Issues. Hospital Inpatient Record-Administrative Data. Hospital Inpatient Record-Clinical Data. Hospital Outpatient Record. Physician Office Record. Forms Control and Design.
7. Numbering Filing Systems and Record Storage & Circulation.
Numbering Systems. Filing Systems. Filing Equipment. File Folders. Filing Controls. Loose Filing. Circulation Systems. Security of Health Information.
8. Indexes, Registers, and Health Data Collection.
Indexes. Registers and Registries. Case Abstracting. Health Data Collection.
9. Legal Aspects of Health Information Management.
Legal and Regulatory Terms. Maintaining the Patient Record in theNormal Course of Business. Confidentiality of Information and HIPAA Privacy and Security Provisions. Legislation that Impacts Health Information Management. Release of Protected Health Information.
10. Coding and Reimbursement.
Nomenclatures and Classification Systems. Third-party Payers. Health Care Reimbursement Systems.
Continued from Part 3
Now that you know the importance of goals and the keys to successfully meeting those goals, I would like to give you ten goals worthy of setting as a starting place. These goals will serve you well as you pursue our premium training programs and work towards your professional dreams.
1. Personal Development
The single best investment any of us can ever make is in our own personal growth and development. The accumulation of knowledge means everything to your future.
2. Excellent Physical Health
Your body impacts everything you do. Take good care of it through proper nourishment, exercise and rest.
3. Rest, Relaxation and Renewal
We must take good care of ourselves without feeling guilty.
4. Building a Loving Family
Family is the emotional core of our lives. We should make constant deposits into everyone's emotional bank account.
5. Intimate Relationships With Your Friends
Surround yourself with nourishing friends. Share yourself with them and let them share themselves with you.
6. Involvement In Your Community
The definition of a life well lived must include a commitment to serving others.
7. Excellence in Your Work
Develop a reputation for excellence. A sincere commitment to excellence is a noble goal.
8. Financial Freedom
Money is important. Exercise wisdom in all your financial dealings.
9. A Comfortable, Loving Home
The single biggest investment most of us will ever make should be comfortable and lined with love.
10. Peace of Mind
There is no substitute for peace of mind. Everything you do either supports it or takes away from it.
It is time to begin your journey. Share some of your goals with us in the comment section.
Continued from Part 2
We already spoke about the importance of goals. Today I would like to discuss how to achieve any goals you set by following ten simple keys. These are applicable to your success at Med-Line School as well as the rest of your life.
1. Write It Down
Goals are specific, measurable, and time-bounded. Write your goals so that they reflect all three components.
2. List Your Personal Benefits
Identify exactly "Why" you want to achieve this goal. List all the ways you will you benefit personally.
3. Analyze Your Current Position
Success is information dependent. You need integrity in your information. Identify exactly your specific strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities as it relates to achieving this goal.
4. Identify Obstacles and Risks
List everything that could possibly prevent you from achieving this goal.
5. Identify Investments and Sacrifices
List everything, including time, money, and sacrifices that you can anticipate.
6. Knowledge Requirements
Identify what additional knowledge you need to acquire or have access to.
7. Support Team
List the people, groups, and organizations you may need help from as well as the specific role each one plays.
8. Develop Your Plan
List in chronological order each activity and their corresponding target dates for completion. Use all the information gathered in previous steps to develop your plan.
9. Set a Deadline
Determine on what date you will achieve this goal
10. Reward and Celebrate
Identify your reward for the achievement of this goal. You deserve it!
Continued from part 1
You should be able to measure specifically your goal enough so you will be able to identify its completion.
Regarding the criteria of “setting a deadline”, know that this can be adjusted and exact end-points can be updated. You can have ongoing goals, sustained over time, managed, tracked, and may never end. For instance, “keep myself in excellent physical condition” should have no end date, as would “be an honest and trustworthy person”.
It is recommended that you have an equal balance of one short-term and one long-term goal at any given time. Setting short-term goals assures frequent victories and provides motivation. Long-term goals keep you going in the right direction and provide a great sense of purpose, skill, and learning. Long-term goals give us excitement.
It is important to not focus on the goal so much that you forget the reason you set it in the first place. Things change, the world changes, so can you. You have the right to reassess the goal along the way. Follow-through, however, is very important. Be honest with yourself and allow yourself to change your mind. Don’t change your mind too frequently or you may not accomplish anything.
Most goals change over time and they should change somewhat. Do not cancel a goal for the reason of procrastination when it is something you really care to do.
Fear of failure is the biggest issue for many, and the reason we don’t attempt things we wish we could accomplish. The only true failure is the failure to make an attempt.
If you do not succeed, you will have at least gained a learning experience and skill making it all the better to try again. If you partially succeed, that is more success than before. If you need to save up $1,000.00, and only save $850.00 by your deadline, this is not considered a failure as you’re still $850.00 ahead.
Know the reasons behind your goal. The more you understand something you want, the more motivated you will become to achieving it.
For the most part, prioritize goals by timing instead of importance.
Tips to help you proceed at once in identifying a goal are as follows:
- Break goal down into small steps
- List obstacles and tasks needed to overcome them
- Assign realistic timeframes
- Add, delete, adjust obstacles and tasks as appropriate
- Add notes to your goals
- Solicit support from family and friends
- Tune out negativity and don’t let people pull you down – sometimes you have to keep your goals private
It is your responsibility to stay on track. You alone decide what you want to accomplish. Avoid procrastination by a “do it now” policy. Do something toward your goal. Schedule a time and place to get things done and don’t break these appointments. Send E-mail reminders to yourself or have a friend send you reminders on specific. Learn what works for you and what does not work.
Remember, there is no perfect strategy. This is a life-long venture to better yourself
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Share it below in the comment section.
This is part one of a four-part series on goals.
Whether you are a first timer or an experienced goal setter, I hope this inspires some of you to track and cross off tasks. It can be such a tremendous reward to accomplish a goal, big or small. Don’t forget to celebrate your success!
In the healthcare business, we are already blessed with ambition; the ability to work unsupervised, the ability to schedule our time, the ability to follow-through on projects for our paychecks, not mention the personality qualities we possess having an important career in the healthcare field – ethics, integrity, a hunger for learning, and the list goes on. Why not take these positive attributes and apply them to our personal as well as professional life?
It does not have to be New Year’s Day to start a goals setting project. When thinking goal setting, wisdom has taught that goal setting is extremely affective. When considering a quality goal, it should be written, challenging, believable, specific, measurable, and have a deadline. In the beginning when you are identifying your goals, what makes your list a little difficult is that you have to think of examples that do not directly challenge one of the above criteria. A good goal is worthy of your pursuit. So to begin with, define what is worthy of your pursuit.
It is important to record all of your goals. Handwritten goals are a bit harder to update, so it is recommended you use your computer. For motivation, you must believe (others don’t have to believe – just you) that it is at least possible to achieve the goal. This does not mean the goal should be easy or even probable. Completion of most difficult tasks will have deep value to you. Remember, history’s greatest moments are the result of attempting the near impossible. Landing on the moon? We can work on more realistic goals.
It is recommended that you add to your goals. List some easy goals to offset a challenging goal. Limit the number of more challenging goals or tasks “coming due” at the same time to avoid frustration. Easy goals build good habits and reward you with gratification, while challenging goals force you to grow.
What are your current goals? What has kept you from reaching your previous goals?
It is hard to not have conversations about politics these days. No matter which side you support, chances are you are passionate in that belief and ready to fight when someone challenges you. During a discussion with a friend, they made a dramatic statement. “If people really learned the facts regarding where politicians stand and why they hold those beliefs instead of just taking other’s word for it, the political landscape would be a very different place.” A truer statement could not be made and it is applicable in so many aspects of our lives.
This topic is sort of a continuation of the previous blog entry that asked if we were our own worst enemies. The focus of that entry was that MTs do now stay informed while the purpose of this is to state that allied health professionals form immovable opinions based on what someone else tells them instead of their own personal research and experience.
In speaking with a few students recently, I heard them discussing how horrific speech recognition was and that it was the bane of the MT world; however, when questioned all admitted having no personal experience using the technology but instead had heard others proclaim the statement which meant it must be true. Ironically a few months ago I heard a similar conversation from experienced MTs who also admitted never using it and purposefully avoiding it at all costs.
I was part of a conversation with coders who felt that ICD-10 was the end-all, be-all wonderful thing for healthcare but none had ever stopped to think of the costs, who would pay for it, and how the industry would increase the workforce by 150% to 200% to cover the need. Not a single one had read any academic research (read non-vendor propoganda but peer-reviewed research) that showed that in Canada the permanent need became 1.5 to 2 coders to handle the load that used to take a single coder because of all the additional specificity...and the research was clear that the need did not decrease. So imagine now the cost of coding increase by 150% to 200%..can we sustain that at a time we are screaming for cost cutting?
Many are also jumping on the bandwagon of the EHR being a detriment to patient care because they feel it will decrease patient access time and increase costs. While this may be true, the further into the conversation you get, the more of the real reason you hear. MTs are afraid of where they will fit into the EHR because someone mentioned that fewer traditional MTs would be needed. Coders are also leary because they are now beginning to fear the same thing. Again reading the academic research is inconsistent. I am currently doing my doctoral dissertation on the EHR and it is amazing how much we have heard promised that is so far not holding true.
The logic is intriguing as it takes a while for people to get to the point where they admit their true reasons for their dislike or like of certain technology. Even more intriguing is that they allow others to make a statement that is then taken as fact without challenge. This often leads to the ostrich head-in-the-sand thinking. If you avoid it, it will go away or the more hardcore stance of “if we declare it as detrimental to healthcare, it will go away.”
I just cannot accept this line of thinking as logical. Even if there are some truths in the scenarios, ultimately this approach will lead to personal failure as the professional is left on the sidelines as they find they are no longer qualified to participate in the changing healthcare documentation arena. A much better approach would be for the professional to invest their time in personally learning about these new technologies and determining how, or if, they can fit in. We must keep current with technology and expose the good and the bad and ensure that we continue to have a place in the future. We must be an informed medical professional.
Do you feel you are an informed professional?
Many view QA or their instructor as almost an adversary. An assignment is submitted, critiqued and returned with criticism, feedback, and some grading that has an effect on the professional's future. This naturally puts a student/professional into a self-defense posture where the first reaction is to protect one’s self instead of being open to criticism. This posture, albeit natural, will limit your learning, frustrate your instructor, and hamper the mentoring process sometimes to the point where the student avoids the interaction at all costs, even to their own detriment. This is very evident when reading forums where professionals are complaining about QA who are "idiots" or students who think their instructor is out to get them.
For the student, using your instructor is an absolute must especially if a grade is lower than expected. The goal should be to learn from your mistakes. Often times when a poor grade is received, the student goes into a self-protecting mode where they look for any loophole or justification in an attempt to show they did not do as bad as the grade shows.
Your goal is to look to see why you are WRONG instead of trying to find a loophole to say you might be right. Assignments are designed around what is expected in the industry. Below are some Dos and Don’ts that will help you through the process. Some Dos
- Do accept that outside of a rare grading error, you were wrong. You might not know why you were wrong, but chances are more than strong that you were.
- Do email your instructor for input any time you are confused as to why something was incorrect if the issue is simple and can be handled via an email dialog. Schedule a phone conversation if an issue seems complex and is better handled over the phone. Often a short five minute call can fix an issue that would have required many back and forth emails.
- Do schedule a call with your instructor any time you fail an assignment to go over your mistakes. No exceptions. Often you can learn more from your failures than your successes.
- Do accept that any feedback is not personal and is designed to better you. The goal for all involved is to better you.
- Do incorporate all feedback. Your instructor hates to see you repeating the same error over and over as it shows that you are not learning from your mistakes. Make a list as you are speaking to the instructor. With each report you do, go over that list before sending it in until you are absolutely certain that you no longer make that error.
- Do not expect your instructor to come to you when you are having issues. It is your responsibility to reach out when you have questions, concerns, or need additional help. Your instructor cannot help you if you do not ask.
- Do not assume that since you did poorly that the program or instructor is somehow flawed or that there was a serious grading error. Assume there is additional information that you are not incorporating into your work that will be identified after your scheduled meeting.
- Do not delay or refuse to meet with your instructor. This can damage the mentoring relationship as well as develop undesired habits. Bad habits are hard to break. If you can identify and correct your issues early, you will have a much easier time going forward. It is your obligation to reach out whenever you are confused.
- Do not send your assignments to other students, family, or other outside sources to help you see why you could have been right. First, on the job you would be violating the HITECH Act and could face termination as well as civil and criminal ramifications. Second, your instructor is the only resource who can tell you what your mistake was and how to fix it, or if they happened to make a mistake, they are the only one who can fix it. Those outside the industry are especially unsuited to critique your work as they have no understanding of the required formatting, expected grammar, and medical terminology. Third, it is the instructor’s job to mentor you through your mistakes so that you do not continue making them. They would rather help you stop the error now than continue to have to mark it over and over again.
- Do not focus on the minor issues at the expense of the critical ones. Learning how to place commas or that you need to capitalize a brand name is good but not nearly as important as having the correct diagnosis, medical term, or lab value. Prilosec and prilosec are both understandable despite the capitalization error. Lipoma and lymphoma are not easily understandable without more research.
I hope this all comes across in the way it was intended and that you immediately begin to incorporate this. For many of us, accepting criticism and our faults is an ongoing process. Accepting positive criticism and then acting on it makes everyone’s life easier and will help you achieve your goals much quicker than doing it on your own.