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Your New Career as a Medical Transcriptionist

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, May 05, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Get jobAre you seeking a new career? Looking for something that you know will have jobs available in the future? What about a career in medical transcription? Medical Transcriptionists are currently in high-demand. You can train in a matter of months and earn money as a full-time employee, or a work-at-home contractor. Let's examine some of the benefits of medical transcription credential training. 

Full-Time Employment

Medical transcription credential training will give you the boost you need to jump start your new career. With premium transcription training from Med-Line School and their credential preparation program, you will find yourself qualified to work for national services, hospitals, clinics and doctors as a skilled, full-time employee. 


As a private contractor, you will have the opportunity to have as many private clients that you have the ability to service. Thinking bigger? Why not be an entrepreneur and start your own medical transcription company? You can hire your own staff of skilled medical transcriptionists to work for you. Obtain your own contracts with hospitals, clinics and doctors and have your team there to provide the quality work. Sound good? This could be you with the right medical transcription credential training. 

High Demand

Over the last decade, doctors have made the transition from tapes to digital dictation. They found that tape files took up too much storage space. Plus, they are just not as secure as digital audio files, which can be transmitted over secure servers. Only highly skilled professionals are qualified to provide these services. That's why medical transcriptionists are currently in high-demand. How does this benefit you once your medical transcription credential training is complete?
  • The documents can be transmitted to anywhere from your work-at-home office. That means that you can live in one state, and have a medical transcription client in a completely different state.
  • Insurance companies will not pay invoices submitted by hospitals, clinics and doctors until the completed transcription report is submitted. They need trained transcriptionists like you to do this.
  • Jobs in the healthcare field are in high-demand, even in our tough economy. No matter how rough things get, people will always get sick, have accidents, give birth, need x-rays and need regular check-ups. Your medical transcription training will qualify you to become an important part of this ever-growing field. 

Growing Field

  • The US Department of Labor has done extensive research on the upcoming growth in the healthcare industry. They project an 11% growth in the industry in the next seven years. They further project that it will generate 3.2 million new jobs by 2018. Of the 20 fastest growing occupations, 10 belong to the healthcare field.
  • A study was done by the Medical Transcription Industry Alliance (now CDIA). According to CDIA's 2011 U.S. Transcription Services Study, the medical transcription market has an expected growth of 15-20% over the next decade. With an expected growth that high, don't you think it's time to complete your medical transcription credential training to start your new career now?

* Isn't that a great reason to start your medical transcription training now? 

Choose the Right School

Med-Line School is ADHI-approved. We offer licensed distance learning courses, fully-credentialed CMT instructors, an externship and superior job placement services. Contact us for medical transcription credential training pricing information. 

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

Topics: Medical Transcription Training

Ready to Seek Your Credentials?

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionEveryone sees the significant letters after a transcriptionist’s name. They are a goal for many MTs?  Are you ready for your credentials?

While an MT can study by themselves or in informal study groups, experience has shown that the most successful outcome can best be achieved through a well-designed program that is fully compliant with the current credentialing Blueprint. 

Med-Line School has become a leader in credentialing preparation. Our classes are designed by credentialed instructors who continually revise the program based on changes to the AHDI Blueprint as well as feedback from test takers. This has allowed us to continue to have a high rate of success for credentialing.

Med-Line School will be holding its next credentialing course in just a few weeks. The cost is a low $50. This continues to be the lowest cost in the industry. 

As a great way to increase your success, we are also offering some free add-ons valued at over $400. 

  • Nine speciality webinars to help you fine tune your knowledge of critical areas.
  • A grammar refresher course. Focus on areas of concern for most MTs.
  • A Book of Style refresher course. A must know for all.<

Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist

Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist

We would appreciate if you could share this with any uncredentialed MTs you know and considering joining one of these groups if you are uncredentialed. 

Together we can all continue the drive towards having every MT credentialed.

Topics: Credentialing

What is Your Place in the New EHR Era?

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

Electronic Health Record

Med-Line’s Medical Coding Bridge Program continues to be a resounding hit. MTs are stepping up to add new skills to their professional tool kit in preparation for the exciting changes we are expecting in the upcoming EHR era. 

It is inspiring seeing the change in approach to the upcoming opportunities in healthcare documentation. In previous transitions, namely digital transcription, speech recognition, and offshoring, MTs have been reactive. They missed the opportunity to get ahead of the changes and many were left in a precarious position. The upcoming EHR and ICD-10 changes are opening up some exciting opportunities for those who are willing to retool and capitalize on this new era in documentation. 

For anyone needing another reason to begin Med-Line’s unique Medical Coding Bridge Program, here is one more. AHDI has approved our Medical Coding Bridge Program for CEC credit. Upon completion of the course you will receive a total of 10 CEC credits: 2 Medicolegal (ML), 6 Transcription in the Workplace (TW), and 2 Professional Development (PD). 

With all the exciting changes and tools available to not only prepare for these changes but to use them to better position the MT for future leadership roles, the time to act is now. So will you?


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Topics: Medical Coding Training

What is Your Future in Transcription?

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 11:33 AM

Acute Care TrainingEven in the in-demand field of Medical Transcription, it's crucial that you stay in step with the times; this means doing everything within your power in order to take control of your future in these rough economic times! In today’s transcription environment, you need to be at the acute care level if you want to be relevant in the industry. Making your move with career advancement in Medical Transcription is more important now than ever. One of the best ways to achieve this is to gain training which will advance you from the clinic-work level to the acute care level.

Med-Line School of Medical Transcription's Acute Care Transition Program is the smartest choice you can make when it comes to career advancement in medical transcription. Our distance education program offers a cutting edge 6-month course that's been specifically designed for undertrained graduates of other medical transcription programs and practicing MTs who require advanced training in order to best qualify for becoming an acute care health documentation specialist.

Med-Line's online program for career advancement in medical transcription is comprised of in-depth work on advanced topics other programs gloss over. This way you're sure to be kept up to speed as you pursue career advancement in medical transcription. Subjects such as physiology, anatomy, English grammar, and of course, medical terminology are all included. You'll also receive review training in lab and pharmacology, and the Book of Style Third Edition rules. You will also work on challenging acute-care level transcriptions that will take you to the next level.  

You'll take comprehensive exams and work with specially-designed studies to make sure all your learned concepts are polished and reinforced. You'll be put through your paces with dictation practice that's representative of some of the most challenging you'll be exposed to as an acute care health documentation specialist.  Naturally, all your work and exams will receive thorough detailed review and feedback by your instructors, and this will encompass all areas/medical specialties.

Once you have completed this valuable course, you'll be at your maximum qualification level to accurately, efficiently prepare acute care medical reports, and will become a shining star who stands out to potential employers as a truly qualified medical transcriptionist for acute care.

Med-Line School of Medical Transcription offers Zero-Interest payment plans as well as some government funding options. For more information on Med-Line's Acute Care Transition program for career advancement in medical transcription, please Contact Us  You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and get updates about the school from our RSS feed. We look forward to helping you obtain your goal of career advancement in medical transcription. We take pride in providing outstanding training and support to our students, each step of the way.

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Learn Windows 8

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Windows 8Title: 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
Cost: $10 

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.


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ACE 2013 Great Expectations #ace13

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 03:45 PM

describe the imageThis 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?

Topics: Industry Issues

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.

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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