Professional Development for Healthcare Professions Blog

New Program Offering - HIM for MTs and Coders

Posted by Chad Sines on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

himMed-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.


Topics: Continuing Education

Goal Setting Series - Ten Goals To Commit To - Pt 4

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

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.

Med-Line Goal
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.

Topics: Professional Development

Goal Setting Series - Ten Keys to Success - Pt 3

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

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.

 Med-Line Success

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!

Topics: Professional Development

Goal Setting Series - Becoming All You Can Be - Pt 2

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 @ 07:00 AM


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.

Topics: Professional Development

Goal Setting Series - Becoming All You Can Be - Pt 1

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Jun 04, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Goal Setting at Med-Line SchoolThis 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?

Topics: Professional Development