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Picking the Right School

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

medical transcriptionOne of the most common questions of new or nearing graduates is “How do I increase my chances of finding that great job?” Why do some have it easier than others in the job hunt? We are going to start a series on this topic that will help you position yourself for success.


Attend an ACCP-approved program with industry respect that is fully staffed with CHDS instructors.

Anyone looking for a medical transcription school will quickly see that there are many programs vying for your business, some legit, some not. Choosing the right program is vital for success. The program must have the respect of the industry or recruiters will not recognize you as a competent applicant. In all my years working with students through AHDI, this is probably the most common concern. A student attends a program and upon graduation finds out no one will hire them. It can be disheartening to hear from recruiters that you need to go back to a “legitimate” school.

Is the program ACCP approved?
MTSOs are quickly seeing the value in graduates from ACCP-approved programs. This standard quickly weeds out graduates from substandard programs. The reasons why a program is not ACCP-approved are irrelevant. If the program is not approved, walk away.

Are there real instructors who are ALL CHDS?
While there are some program components that do not require a CHDS, ie technology education, all MT work should be taught by a CHDS. There is no “but” to this statement. If you will not have a real instructor who is a CHDS, look for a premium program that values your education. Those in charge of the curriculum and program development should also be a CHDS. While there may be additional credentials that educators may possess, the CHDS should never be optional.

Does the medical transcription school have industry respect?
How long have they been in business? Call around to potential employers to see who they recommend. Look at pass rates for the RMT. Ask about job placement statistics. Are they more interested in churning out numbers or educating high-quality MTs?

If you are a student or graduate of Med-Line School, you more than meet these standards. Med-Line is an ACCP-approved program with CHDS instructors, a CHDS-run program, with the highest respect in the industry. Med-Line is actively working to raise the standards of MT education so that all students will receive the quality of education that has benefited our graduates. If you would like more information on our premium program, check out Med-Line School.

Topics: Professional Development, Credentialing, Medical Transcription Training

Move Forward, Procrastinate No More

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 10:45 AM

imagesMany of us procrastinate doing something every day. It could a little thing like getting up a few minutes later in the morning by hitting snooze, folding that basket of laundry, or opening the bills. While at times your procrastinating can seem fairly harmless, it can interfere with your life when you start putting off those more important things. Put off those bills too long and you’ll be sitting in the dark. The same goes for procrastinating about furthering your education, you’ll be left behind as you watch others progress in their careers.

Many of us find that putting something off can start off as easily as saying you’ll start working on it in a few minutes. A few minutes becomes a day, a day becomes a week, and before you know it time has flown by. Making the decision that gaining more education is an easy step, it just takes a few minutes to think about it and then decide it’s something you would like to do. This is where many of us stop. You know you need additional education to progress in your desired career path, but you find numerous reasons as to why you need to put it off. Those reasons to put it off are just excuses to procrastinate instead of making the effort to get started on the path to a better you.

You know you want to further your education and have decided on the path you would like to take, so what is stopping you from finalizing this decision, why it’s just you. Maybe you decided that your goal is to become a pharmacy technician, just one job with a growing demand for qualified employees. You could be undecided about a program in medical transcription or medical coding, don’t fret you’ll find that we offer a Healthcare Documentation Specialist program that combines the two. Now that you know it’s what you want to do, don’t procrastinate any longer. Stop watching as co-workers, friends, and others you know move on to bigger and better things while you seem to stand still. Although it can be a little frightening to take that first step forward, once  you’re moving you’ll wonder why you ever put it on hold in the first place.

Med-Line School has been offering career college healthcare programs to help our students move forward in life, both personally and professionally. Let us help you to excel in your chosen career path. At times it is easier to put other things ahead of education, but make the time for it now. Stop watching the people around you move up in life while you sit and procrastinate. No one enjoys being put on hold during a call even for a few minutes, why put your entire life on hold. Contact Med-Line School today and get your admission process started. You’ll find that soon you're on your path to success and will wonder why it took you so long to get started.

Information Innovators: Preparing for a Career in Medical Coding and Transcription

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Med-diet-may-counteract-genetic-stroke-risk-say-researchers_wrbm_small.jpgIn business, knowledge is power, and the medical industry is no exception. As hospitals scramble to respond to benefit cuts, rising healthcare costs, increasing numbers of patients, and other challenges, the demand for medical coding and transcription workers is growing rapidly. Med-Line School's healthcare documentation specialist programs are designed to meet that demand. Armed with the latest healthcare information and technology, Med-Line is well equipped to prepare you for a career as a:

Medical Coder

Usually employed in hospitals or doctor's offices, a medical coder is a healthcare documentation specialist who focuses on coding and classifying medical information. Coders are in charge of reviewing payment data, communicating with patients and insurance companies who have not paid, and resolving disputes over whose responsibility it is to pay. They also track patient illnesses and outcomes, organize hospital and clinical databases, and record, store, and retrieve data. Medical coders must understand advanced medical facts and terminology, stay up to date with changes in medical software, and communicate regularly with physicians, doctors, and other healthcare professionals. Given the growing emphasis on diabetes and other chronic illnesses, many coders focus on tracking patients with preexisting conditions.

The job market for medical coders is expected to grow by 22% over the next ten years, making it one of the fastest-growing professions in the country. Most medical coders work full-time, and many have to work evening, weekend, and overnight shifts. The median pay for a coder in 2012 was $34,160 a year, but well-trained coders with experience in other fields could make as much as $56,250 a year. To become a coder, you must attend post-secondary health registration classes and receive certification as a Registered Health Information Technician.

Medical Transcriptionist

As a medical transcriptionist, your job will be to type out and store transmit reports from doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Typically, you will receive an audio recording of the medical report and will have to transcribe the audio. When the practitioner uses shorthand or abbreviations, your job will be to translate that into its long-form equivalent. You will then enter that information into the records system or send it to the intended recipient. To be a transcriptionist, you must have a detailed knowledge of medical terminology and procedures, pharmacology, and treatment technology.

In many modern hospitals, doctors and nurses now use computer programs to transcribe their speech, but this has not made transcriptionists unnecessary. Here, the transcriptionist's job is to read through the software's transcription, identify errors or omissions, and make the necessary corrections.

The job market for medical transcriptionists will grow by 8% over the next decade. Transcriptionists can work either full- or part-time and have considerable flexibility in their scheduling. Transcriptionists can be paid by hour or by word; the median annual wage for a transcriptionist in 2012 was $34,020. To become a transcriptionist, you must complete a 1-year postsecondary training program. Many employers will also require you to be certified as a Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist or as a Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist.

The Med-Line Difference

Besides being promising careers in their own right, medical coding and transcription training provide a valuable stepping stone into other professions. A healthcare documentation specialist trained in both transcription and coding will be in high demand, allowing them to command the highest wages in either field. Training in either field will also prepare prospective nurses for their careers and will help current nurses expand their job opportunities.

Don't pass up the chance to earn a living while making a difference in the world. For more information on a career in healthcare documentation, visit our website today.

9 Steps to a Successful Medical Transcription Career, part 5

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 @ 11:00 AM


It is highly recommended upon completion of the program that the student studies for and takes the RHDS examination (Registered Healthcare Documentationa Specialist) offered through AHDI. It is important for employers to know that you have attained certain skills and developed your talents for this chosen career. The RHDS is a key indicator of this skill level and one that every graduate should be eager to obtain. As a professional medical transcriptionist with at least 2 years of practical experience advanced skills, you will be eligible to sit for the CHDS exam. The CHDS exam ensures employers you have advanced knowledge in your profession. CHDSs are in high demand in quality assurance, management, and as educators. The CHDS opens doors for the medical transcriptionist. In addition, AHDI offers a fellowship designation for medical transcriptionists who are seeking professional fulfillment in the areas of leadership, mentoring, teaching, speaking, writing, and volunteering of one’s talents. The fellowship is an honor for those who have worked hard in the industry and demonstrated their efforts. To learn more about these credentials and designation, go to or speak to a Med-Line representative.


As you become more knowledgeable and experienced in the industry, the time will come for you to share your talents with those new to the field, as was done for you when you began. This is a wonderful moment to begin to give back and take your education to the next level.  The industry needs more medical transcriptionists, like you, who will be dedicated, reliable, and ethical professionals in the healthcare delivery profession.

Will you step up to this challenge?

Topics: Professional Development, Medical Transcription Training

9 Steps to a Successful Medical Transcription Career, part 4

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Mon, Dec 04, 2017 @ 11:00 AM


Healthcare documentation has a wealth of online resources, both professionally and personally. There is more than enough activities to keep you busy and active. You will be very satisfied with the prestige of your in demand career. There are numerous opportunities for leadership and advancement as you gain experience. Enrollment and involvement in professional organizations, especially AHDI (Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity) and attending online and in person meetings and networking, is highly recommended and promises to be rewarding as you learn from others.


Being a medical transcriptionist has so many benefits that it is hard to make a list, but most importantly the opportunity for the professional to evaluate their life and make huge advancements ethically, intellectually, professionally, and spiritually, by coming to the realization that belonging to this profession provides employment that really matters. Medical transcriptionists grow to realize the importance of their position, and the delicate balance they have to maintain with respect to integrity, honor, and reliance. A medical transcriptionist does not stop learning, nor do they stop developing greater personal and professional advancements. Medical transcriptionists are reliable and trustworthy. A medical transcriptionist is responsible for healthcare information that we must safeguard, and that responsibility is taken very serious.

Read steps 8 and 9 next week.

See how Med-Line can help you succeed

Topics: Professional Development, Medical Transcription Training

9 Steps to a Successful Medical Transcription Career, Part 2

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 @ 11:00 AM


Find out what being a medical transcriptionist is all about. You should all and speak with our experienced instructors. Read materials describing the profession. Visit the professional association’s website. A great first step is to schedule a call with an actual instructor to learn about the program and the profession.


A high quality AHDI-Approved school will set you up for career success. Selecting an AHDI-approved school not only assures you that the curriculum will meet the minimum standards for success. It also assures students they will be mentored by CHDS instructors. An ideal instructor - student relationship would be one that allows you personalization and a more hands-on approach to your mentoring. The mentoring relationship is a back and forth interaction with a live instructor who is vested in your success. You get what you put into this relationship. It is not a passive one. You ask questions, receive feedback, and apply it going forward.

Be cautious of ‘tiered’ or ‘package’ programs. There should be a single program that teaches you everything you need to know as a transcriptionist to work any job. Make sure you understand which ‘tier’ or ‘package’ is the actual full program, as the lower tiers/packages may not provide a complete education. Do not count on the program to volunteer this information. Be sure to ask.

Ask how many students there are per instructor. Often you will learn that your work is graded by a computer versus a live instructor who can give you quality feedback.

Watch for programs that offer to graduate you in mere months, as this is not a realistic time frame for quality training in this career. Medical transcription is a lifelong career. To be successful, you must have quality training and actual experience. This quality and experience will take longer than 6-9 months. A quality program is going to take you about a year to finish

When seeking a program, watch for added “fluff” in the program’s material list. Ensure that there are no hidden charges later in the program that just pop up out of nowhere. Verify what materials are important to your training and what is filler used to make a program seem superior.

Read steps 4 and 5 next week

See how Med-Line can help you succeed

Topics: Professional Development, Medical Transcription Training

9 Steps to a Successful Medical Transcription Career, Part 1

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

successMed-Line has been educating healthcare documentation specialists for over 20 years now. We have the experience and track record to back up our training methodologies. Over the next few weeks, we would like to share what we feel are 9 steps that will take you to success in medical transcription. The steps also apply to medical coding.


Medical transcriptionists need to develop excellent grammar, spelling, and punctuation skills. In addition, medical transcriptionists must develop critical thinking skills.  Fortunately there are plenty of sites online to help one assess and develop their grammar skills. The Guide to Grammar and Writing offers a lot of information for those looking to develop their grammatical skills. Learning to think critically is a skill that takes time to develop. For the transcriptionist, the first step is learning to never type anything that you do not clearly hear or understand. This is one of the most difficult things for the medical transcriptionist to learn although it is one of the most important.

MTs must have good auditory acuity. Although the profession can be tailored for many challenges, the medical transcriptionist must be able to hear clearly in order to transcribe a document. 

Read steps 2 and 3 next week.

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Topics: Professional Development, Medical Transcription Training

Learn Medical Coding with Med-Line and Succeed

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 @ 02:01 PM

Online TrainingWith the transition to ICD-10 in 2014, medical coding has gained even more attention than usual as an allied health career with a promising future. In Canada, the transition to ICD-10 resulted in close to 1.5 to 2 coders needed to perform the same volume of coding, and this was after the system was fully learned. To date, there has been no return to ICD-9 production levels. The result, an increase in the need for medical coders. Quite a few sources have projected that many medical coders close to retirement have chosen to retire instead of transitioning to ICD-10. Top this off with the increased workload for ICD-10, and an industry that is already in dire need of coders will be at an extreme shortage of medical coders.  

Med-Line has been educating healthcare documentation experts for over 20 years. Our program addresses weaknesses seen in many coding programs by focusing on a more in-depth medical knowledge training as well as training students in technologies that most programs overlook. In this EHR era, individuals without a strong technology background will be ill-suited and likely to struggle as the industry evolves. Med-Line recognizes this and works to ensure that graduates exceed technology standards in the industry.

Our Comprehensive Medical Coding Course provides:
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Technology
  • Health Information Management
    • Medicolegal standards
    • EHR preparation
    • HIM statistics
    • Medical records life cycle
  • Medical Coding Training
  • CPT 
  • Prepare for the CCS exam
Learn more about our Comprehensive Medical Coding Course.  

Topics: Medical Coding Training