The list of acronyms for medical professionals is a bit mind boggling. There are a great many terms for licensing, certifications, and professional affilitations for medical service providers. Here is a nice little website to bookmark for times when you need to know what a medical professional acronym stands for. This site is more for those providing care as is evidenced by the CMT being a designation for a Certified Massage Therapist versus a Certified Medical Transcriptionist.
Title: HIPAA and HITECH (Practicing MT)
When: Wed, Feb 22, 2012 3 PM - 4:30 PM PST
Presenter: Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour | Credits: 1.5 ML
Making sense of the HIPAA and HITECH laws. Pertinent information is translated by security and privacy officer from an MTSO and information is given to the MT participants in an easy to understand format.
Title: Risk Management
When: Tues, Feb 21, 2012 3:30 PM - 5 PM PST
Presenter: Brenda Dorsett, CMT
Length: 1.5 hours | Credits: 1.5 ML
Risk Management is a workshop that benefits medical personnel who work as individuals, contractors, as well as large and small facility employees and supervisors. Brenda will demonstrate how to evaluate potential problematic dictations, charts, areas of concern, or 'red flags', as it relates to healthcare documentation. She also has sound advice on how to protect patient information, in addition to healthcare delivery employees and medical facilities.
Title: Imaging Studies, Part 1
When: Fri, Feb 17 2012 12 PM - 1 PM PST
Presenter: Diane Gilmore, CMT, AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour | Credits: 1 CM
Diagnostic imaging tests confirm the presence of a disease when there is already suspicion or evidence of an illness, to determine the extent of disease and monitor how well a patient responds to treatment. Today tests, covering supercomputer-like power and high-end nuclear medicine systems, are a part of nearly every report transcribed by a medical transcriptionist. This webinar will review some of the traditional as well as latest imaging terminology as well as the latest advances and methods used by radiologists, including various types of radiologic imaging as well as nuclear and interventional radiology covering several medical specialties, used by radiologists to diagnose and treat medical disorders.
Today’s tip is based on my experience last Monday. You must be prepared when Armageddon hits, and believe me it will hit you at the worst possible time when you are least prepared. I rebooted my laptop at the office and up popped a Startup Repair screen…interesting.. rebooted.. same thing. No hard drive found. No Windows Long story short, somehow my boot sector record was corrupted. It was not a virus, malware, or anything like that. It was just some out of the blue something. It took close to 6 hours off and on to fix it. Once I could mount the drive a check disk repaired the damage. All was right in the world again.
Always have a boot disk. Your windows will make one for you. You must have at least one of these or you will be in big trouble. You can use your Windows installation CD. Make one anyway as a backup. Learn how (click the operating system that you have): Windows 7, Vista. If you are like me and did not have your recovery disk made, you can use someone else’s computer to make one or buy a download iso image to burn for about $10.
The scariest part is the loss of data. You can lose school files, all your personal pictures, videos, files, financial documents, etc.
You can buy an external hard drive for close to $100 and use backup software for it. This is a great idea except you must remember to regularly do it. I like to do this weekly and use a commercial software for automatic daily backups. I can get my data off an external drive much faster than the site and I can use the site to get what it missed in between backups.
I use Dropbox to backup all my work product and school work automatically. It is perfect for about 2 GB of data. It is not a backup service per se, but you can create folders that it will sync with the server and you can access elsewhere or share with those you choose.
I have not found any reliable backup service cheaper than Mozy. You are looking at about $6 a month for 5 GB of automatic backups. In my opinion, it is easily worth it. It does a decent job on set up of figuring out what to back up. You can customize this and choose to add additional files or folders.
The scary thing I realized is that I had accidentally turned off my commercial backup software. This was a ‘doh!” moment for me as I remember doing it when I was upgrading some things.
So the take away today is to be sure you have a recovery disc and/or a Windows installation disk. I now have one at the office and one at the house. Also be sure you have back up software running at all times. Unless of course, you do not care to ever see the data on your computer ever again.
And of course, tell your computer how much you love it every day. You just do not know when it might croak for good.
We are about a month and a half into 2012 which makes me wonder how many of us have managed to stick to our new year’s resolutions. How many never made a single one? Most make lofty, unattainable resolutions. Still many of us made important ones that we could achieve if we stayed focused. These are goals we honestly desire to make a reality and the only thing holding us back is ourselves. Maybe we are looking to exercise regularly, lose some weight, attend more continuing education webinars, get our CMT, or learn new skills that will better position us in the workforce.
It is definitely not too late to re-affirm the positive resolutions we made. We should also consider tweaking any that were a little off the mark. Maybe going to the gym 6 days a week was too much, but 3 days is reasonable. It is also perfectly okay to ditch those which in hindsight serve no real need. I had written down that I wanted to learn Latin, but looking back I have no clue where that came from. Off the list it goes.
I think we need to have at least one goal that we can achieve this year for: personal growth, professional growth, health, family. You can have other resolutions in other categories but make a core set an absolute priority that you can and must do this year, no ifs ands or buts. They should be doable and, if possible, life altering. It is really easy to motivate yourself to do something which can change your life for the better.
If you are a near graduate, then the RMT is an excellent, achievable, and life-altering goal. Current MTs can decide to avoid the excuses and get their CMT. If you are an MT, then learning medical coding is a great one. This is one that I am doing myself and I am having a lot of fun with. We should all definitely be choosing more continuing education. Students are able to get a lot of these for free through Med-Line. Non-students can attend for a low $10 each.
So hopefully you have so ideas to help you tweak your previous resolutions or at least make some now. What are your core goals for 2012 that will change your life for the better? Are you going to re-commit to them and make them a reality?
Title: Future of the Medical Transcription Industry
When: Thurs, Feb 2nd 3 PM - 4 PM PST
Presenter: Med-Line Staff/Instructors
Length: 1 hour | Credits: No CEC Given
Med-Line has been in the medical transcription service and education industry for over 25 years. With expertise ranging from the practitioner to the educator and to service owner, Med-Line has been pushing the industry to raise the bar on medical transcription. Med-Line will discuss the current state of the industry, address concerns, and discuss rumors on the future of the industry on topics ranging from our professional association to speech recognition including the rise of the EHR.