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Webinar- $10 - Encryption- Not Just for the Techies

Posted by Chad Sines on Sun, Nov 27, 2011 @ 01:00 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionTitle: Encryption- Not Just for the Techies
When: Tues, Nov 29, 2011 4 PM - 5 PM PST
Presenter:  Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 TW/MTT
Cost: $10 

Gone is the time when the transcriptionist can expect their tech department to handle all their encryption needs. With the serious bite of HITECH, MTs are on notice that they must personally be using encryption on devices that handle PHI. Additionally, wise individuals know to encrypt personally-sensitive information such as banking, correspondence, and other information they wish to stay private. Participants will learn what encryption is, how to use it, and learn how to use a free high-level encryption program to secure their machine. 1 TW/MTT

Topics: Webinar

Webinar- $10 - Advanced Resume Building

Posted by Chad Sines on Sun, Nov 20, 2011 @ 01:00 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionTitle: Advanced Resume Building
When: Tues, Nov 22, 2011 4 PM - 5 PM PST
Presenter:  Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 PD
Cost: $10 

Every professional knows they must have a current, professional-appearing resume. But do you know how to market your resume in a virtual environment? Companies like Pongo, Linkedin, Monster, etc, offer an excellent resource to potential employers but only if you know how to use them.  1 PD

Topics: Webinar

Webinar- $10 - Ophthalmology

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 @ 01:00 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionTitle: Ophthalmology
When: Fri, Nov 18, 2011 12 PM - 1 PM PST
Presenter:  Diane Gilmore, CMT, AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 CM
Cost: $10 

Even though the eye itself is very small—about 1 inch in diameter on average—it is a delicate, complex structure that is often called the most complex organ in the body. Success in transcribing ophthalmologic reports requires familiarity with the specialized terminology used to describe the anatomy and physiology of the eye as well as a working knowledge of the diseases that affect the eyes, along with their respective treatments. This webinar provides the anatomy of the human eye and the process of vision; it also describes the procedures used to examine the eye as well as typical methods of diagnosis and treatment of common diseases of the eye.   

Topics: Webinar

How Are You Preparing for a Changing Job Market?

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 @ 02:44 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionDon't freak out. It is possible to be appropriately frightened about the current economic downturn of our country without losing your cool. Cool heads prevail. In this environment, all jobs are scarce although transcriptionists with acute care training are having their pick from the best. The rate of unemployment is overwhelming and has led some individuals to adapt new attitudes. A lot of people are reevaluating their educational training and skills. It is a fact that the more training a person has in a specific field, the more qualified and sought after he/she is for a particular position. One area that requires specific training and skills is the health care industry. Health care is an ever-changing career field. There is constant movement to consolidate, organize, manage and market information to the general public. And with change comes opportunity. Jobs in health care are widespread and ever evolving. The electronic health record adoption has also created a need for more qualified documentation experts. Hospitals and doctors' offices are transitioning into complete electronic filing systems and some are even moving away from traditional transcription. This change requires a higher level of specialty that many transcriptionists currently possess. Many transcriptionists are using what little time is left before the mandatory adoption of the EHR to enhance their skill sets in order to open doors they were previously afraid to open. The question many are asking themselves is 'Am I marketable in this upcoming job market?' ‘Is there a way for me to quickly improve my technical skill set without breaking the bank?”

Each professional decision you make has its ability to be a building block towards the tower of success. Evaluate your goals, learn about possible training courses that can be completed in as little as six months. Now is the time to start defining yourself. There are many opportunities for people with health care training to succeed in this fast-changing job market. 

Med-Line School is please to be a part of evolving today's transcriptionist into tomorrow's documentation leaders. Our Medical Coding Bridge Program has seen a inspirational reception from MTs looking to advance their skill sets in a program designed to build on their knowledge without re-inventing the wheel and doing so at a price that fits in any budget.

Enroll by Nov 15th for only $1800.

  • Pay in full and receive the books for free, a $350 value.
  • Pay $225 down payment and seven monthly installments of $225. You can get the books through us for $350 or get them used/new on your own.

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Topics: Continuing Education, Medical Coding Training

Monday Technology Tip- Google+

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionYou may have seen the Google+ symbols on pages before (see the image in the upper left). So what is Google+? It is a new way of sharing things with your friends, family, and coworkers. When you see a website or blog article that you like with the Google+ icon, click it to share it with friends. In fact, we would love if you did that with all our blog posts. You bring in your friends and such and begin your information sharing experience.

Everyone should have a Google account by now. It is useful for a great many things. Google Reader (RSS feeds), iGoogle (customized Google page), etc. 

So get started today.  Click this link and go set up your Google+ now. Be sure to add me as a friend. I use for Google+.

Reply below when you have set up your Google+ account.

Topics: Technology Tip

Webinar- $10 - Microsoft Outlook

Posted by Chad Sines on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 @ 01:00 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionTitle: Microsoft Outlook 2010
When: Tues, Nov 15, 2011 4 PM - 5 PM PST
Presenter:  Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 TW
Cost: $10 

Working in a virtual environment requires professionals to use email as a near primary means of communication. With the ability to schedule appointments, track tasks, sort emails, and even automate contact management, Outlook is a must know. Attendees will learn how to set up a POP/IMAP email account, create tasks, create appointments, and sort mail using filtering options. Although the skills learned are applicable to all versions of Outlook, the presentation will show it for Outlook 2010. 

Topics: Webinar

Wednesday Transcription Tip- Indirect and Direct Object

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Nov 09, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionA question came up this week. What is the difference between a direct and indirect object.

Direct Object- A direct object answers what or who is acted upon.

  • Subject + Verb  + What?/Who?
  • I gave money to Ted.
  • I gave what? object
  • The money is WHAT is given, so that is the direct object

Indirect Object- An indirect object answer who receives the action.
Indirect objects are rare. You cannot have an indirect object without a direct object

  • I gave money to Ted.
  • Indirect objects frequent include "to" or "for"
  • Who receives the direct object (money)…Ted. “to Ted” is the indirect object
If that does not clear it up, google direct and indirect object for more examples.

Topics: Transcription Tip

Webinar- $10 - Celiac Disease- The Mystery Disease (Today)

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Nov 08, 2011 @ 03:38 PM

Celiac Disease

Title: Celiac Disease- Mystery Disease
When: Tues, Nov 8, 2011 4 PM - 5 PM PST
Presenter:  Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 CM
Cost: $10 

Celiac disease affects approximately 1% of the population. Despite this high incidence, most physicians fail to recognize the symptoms and fail to diagnose it. With symptoms ranging from nausea, vomiting, weight changes to fainting, seizures, and fatigue, the disease is often attributed to many other diseases or left undiagnosed. Learn what this disease is, why it is such a mystery, and the novel approach to treating it.

Topics: Continuing Education, Webinar

Are You Risking Your Professional Future Before It Even Starts?

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Nov 08, 2011 @ 02:22 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionI have a lot of MTs from other programs mentioning how they regret their previous choice in medical transcription training. We have a lot inquiring about our Acute Care Transition continuing education. After all that time and money, they realize that they need to uptrain in order to be competitive. We also have more than a few who feel so undertrained that they restart training from the ground level in order to learn things right. Many admit that in hindsight they looked at a small difference in cost or time commitment and jumped at the chance to save a couple of dollars and get finished sooner. Then they realize that their clinic work training leaves them in a precarious position of feeding off the scraps while the acute care transcriptionists continue to be in high demand. 

As I mentioned in a previous blog article, over the last few months we have had requests for over 100 acute care trained MTs. Who says it is hard to find an MT job? These are companies wanting our graduates because of the reputation of training highest-caliber MTs.. The number of clinic work requests… Think about that for a moment…think about it for a long moment. Lots of work for properly trained acute care MTs from a program like the premium training program at Med-Line School and zero for those short 4-9 month programs that only provide clinic work training, have no paid internship, and no individualized job placement. So how much time and money is someone really saving with those clinic work programs?


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Topics: Medical Transcription Training

Monday Technology Tip- EMR vs. EHR

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Nov 07, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionPeople interchange the acronyms EHR and EMR as if they are one and the same. Truth is. They are not. They are actually very different and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) makes a clear distinction between the two. 

An Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a medical record in digital form. It can be scanned test results, electronic data from visits, etc. The entire office could be paperless. This format allows for easy data sharing between physicians INSIDE the office. The data does not travel outside the practice. If you want to have that information outside the practice, it most often is printed out. My former Georgia physician used an EMR; however, my current Arizona physician has no access to it. 

An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is very similar to the EMR except it is meant to be shared outside the office. With an EHR, it does not matter where I am. My record, in theory, will be accessible by authorized individuals. There is a great potential here, but security and privacy are major concerns. We have been doing banking safely online for many years with relatively few issues, so security technology is there. A more legitimate concern is privacy. How do you keep nosey individuals (physicians, nurses, etc) out of the record and ensure that only a treating physician has access? What kind of rights will you have over data mining? 

So there it is in a nutshell. Very similar but with a major difference that you need to know.

Topics: Technology Tip

Balance is the Key to a Productive Holiday Season

Posted by Chad Sines on Sat, Nov 05, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionWith the holidays fast approaching, and the New Year only a few months away, it's easy to throw in the towel on studying. During this time of year, we all deserve a break from the work we've been doing. However, that doesn't mean to ignore it completely. 

Take advantage of the time off you have to see friends, family, or take a small vacation. A break from work or school can be very beneficial for productivity in the future and helps ease stress. Keep in mind that putting off work entirely may seem like a good idea now, but it's likely to cause more stress when you have to get back into the swing of things.

If you have work that will only pile up during the holidays if you don't tend to it, create a realistic schedule of relaxing and studying. Make sure to dedicate time each day to work and it will become another part of your day. If you accomplish your tasks in the morning, you have all day to enjoy your vacation. Or, if you work better at night, set aside time to study before going to bed.

A nice balance between the two will prove beneficial. While you may want to forget school or work during the holiday, ask yourself if it will pay off in the end. More likely than not, it will only be temporary satisfaction.

Studying doesn't have to be something you must do, it can be something you want to do. Look at it as your chance to keep your mind active and be prepared for the next round of classes.

It's important to make a schedule, but it doesn't have to be entirely focused on studying. Just be sure to include your work on a regular basis while enjoying your time off and you'll get the best of both worlds.


Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Director of Admissions 

Topics: Professional Development, Medical Coding Training, Medical Transcription Training

Acute Care Training is Not Optional

Posted by Chad Sines on Fri, Nov 04, 2011 @ 06:26 PM

Med-Line Career AdvancementEvery now and then someone will ask me “Why is it so important that I have training to the acute care level?” My response is simple “Do you want to work in the industry or fight over the dwindling scraps?”

As you begin talking to the person you often hear about their frustration with limited account options as well as many being displaced by speech recognition or offshoring. What people are finally beginning to realize is that training to the clinic work level is not sufficient.

Case in point, I spoke to an individual a few weeks ago who has been doing clinic work for 15 years. The work was easy according to her. So easy that it went overseas. Her company moved her to an acute care account and after a couple of weeks let her go due to her inability to handle the complexity of the work. “I had no idea what I was doing.” Think about it. Fifteen years and now obsolete.

By far the majority of the conversations go like this: I went to (insert school name) and was done in 6 months. I cannot find a job anywhere. No one will give me the time of day. A few have told me to come to you for acute care training.

As we talk and they learn the importance of acute care training and why Med-Line leads the industry in both acute care training with their full program as well as their Acute Care transition program for those looking to uptrain, the usual comment is “wish I had known all this before.” Hearing about availability of a paid acute care level internship as well as job placement assistance, they usually cannot wait to start.

Still not convinced that you need acute care training? Over the course of the last few months we have received requests for over 100 acute care trained transcriptionists. No acute care, no need to apply. Period. End of story.   What else needs to be said about why acute care training is a must?


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Topics: Professional Development, Continuing Education, Medical Transcription Training

Invest in Your Profession with Continuing Education

Posted by Chad Sines on Thu, Nov 03, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionEducation is one of the very best investments you can make in yourself, and today's advanced digital tools make it easier than ever for you to discover new interests, build new skills and open new doors. The evolution of digital technology has created exciting new ways for you to explore your interests and enrich your personal and professional interests. To that end, we have built a comprehensive program of online webinars, to which we are always adding exciting and timely new topics.

Our webinars make learning not only exciting, but also convenient. Without physical classes to attend, you can easily find the time to fit continuing education into your busy schedule, all for a very affordable price. We charge only $10 per webinar, which is about half of the average online education industry's going rate, and our courses are led by experienced and engaging instructors who create an interactive and enlightening environment.

If you've already attended some of our online webinars, you already know how fascinating and worthwhile the experience is, and we encourage you to sign up for our email list so that you can take your pick of our ever-growing range of new topics. If you're new to our programs, there is a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered -- Check out the webinars for November!


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Topics: Professional Development, Continuing Education, Career Advancement

Medical Coding Enrollment Savings Extended

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Nov 02, 2011 @ 05:26 PM

We have seen a huge positive response to the Medical Coding Bridge course. We knew the industry was in need of a no nonsense transition course to coding at a cost that made sense, but we had no idea just how many of you were also thinking along the same lines. A great many MTs contacted us to express their thanks for creating a program that acknowledged their superior medical background training and focused only on new material. We received even more compliments over the price. 

Since our press release went out on Monday we have had a large number of people asking for an extension of the October savings. Based on this, we have decided to extend the savings until November 15 th

  • Enroll at the introductory price of $1800
  • Pay in full at enrollment and receive your books for free, a $350 value

We also offer a no-interest payment plan that fits in most any budget. You can enroll for $225 down and make 7 monthly payments of $225. You can choose to purchase your books through us for $350 or purchase them yourself.

I have added weekly orientations every Saturday through the end of the year. These are about 15-20 minutes presenting the program and then questions/answers. Attendees receive links to three CEC webinars. My contact information is below should you want to talk about the program or have any questions.

I hope you will see great opportunity in enriching your professional skills that we see.  With all the changes in the EHR and transcription compensation, many are looking for new skills to add to their tool belt. They want to shape their own future. I look forward to you being one of them.

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Topics: Continuing Education, Medical Coding Training

Wednesday Transcription Tip- Be Learning Always

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Nov 02, 2011 @ 05:00 AM

Always LearningOften we think that once we are out of school, our learning is done. We learned all the terminology, all the formatting, and we are transcribing professionals. The truth is that learning is never done. The moment you think you are done learning, you might as well pack it all up.

Take advantage of continuing education opportunities. Attend educational webinars, read professional journals, attend local AHDI meetings, read about the EHR, learn new technologies, etc. The more you learn about everything, the more valuable you make yourself.

For those of you who are students, you have access to about 4-8 live webinars a month and over 60 archived webinars for free. For those who are not students of Med-Line, you can get access to the same ones at a small cost.

You may even want to consider formal education and obtain your Associate or Bachelor’s degree. It’s just a thought that is worth considering.

Just be sure to continue advancing forward, always learning, always bettering yourself.

Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Director of Admissions 

Topics: Professional Development, Transcription Tip