Professional Development for Healthcare Professions Blog

New Years Resolution for the MT- Learn Medical Coding

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Jan 05, 2015 @ 01:42 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionThe most common question I am asked by many MTs who are responding to Med-Line’s medical coding bridge program is why. Medical transcription is not going away contrary to what some vendors say. The demand for highly-trained acute care MTs is very high. It is only the clinic work MT who is really struggling. Fortunately there are ways for click work MTs to uptrain to the acute care level. The reason I am asking MTs to learn coding is that there is no denying three fundamental facts:

  • The healthcare documentation industry is changing at lightning speed. New technology, more opportunities, a chance to reshape the future.
  • MTs have not capitalized on their potential to lead the healthcare documentation industry; however, the new changes are opening up new avenues.
  • Coders ARE leading the EHR changes and reshaping healthcare documentation. An MT who also knows medical coding is a powerful professional combination.

2011 was a great success for Med-Line’s Medical Coding Bridge continuing education. Many transcriptionists took advantage of the only medical coding continuing education designed around the needs of a medical transcriptionist. The most frequent feedback I heard from those participating was their desire to stay ahead of the massive changes being seen in the healthcare documentation industry. They were not leaving the industry. They were looking for ways to position themselves in new roles. Med-Line’s medical coding training program allows this opportunity.

One of the biggest negatives about this industry is that medical transcriptionists are often reactionary. We wait until something happens before doing something about it. With the upcoming changes in the EHR and the many doors being opened, now is the time when many are realizing that they have the ability to get ahead of the curve in a way that really has not existed before. The MT already has a medical foundation that is greater than that offered in most medical coding programs. This allows a much easier transition for an MT learning to code than the reverse.

Nowhere else can an MT learn the skills of a medical coder in six to nine months at such a great value. It is definitely worth looking into and considering. Make 2015, the year you learn a new skill set that will put you well ahead of the pack.   

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Topics: Continuing Education, Medical Coding Training, Career Advancement

We Determine Our Fate- MTs Can Lead the Changes to Come

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Dec 07, 2011 @ 01:43 AM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionFor the Record had an interesting article on the fate of medical transcription. While much of the editorial was open to significant challenges, there were a few good points to be made. The medical transcriptionist is being left behind in the decision making as the industry evolves. Much of this is due to the lack of uptraining into the new areas where demand is through the roof.  The new changes that are coming could be seen "as a means of weeding out those MTs who are not willing to develop new skills as the industry moves into an electronic era." It was interesting to hear industry leaders at the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) discuss how strong the demand is for coders now and how the upcoming changes are positioning these coders to be worth their weight in gold as they help define the changes. This is where we need to be. Do I think transcription is going away? Of course not. Acute care medical transcriptionists, such as those graduating from Med-Line's training program, are in extremely high demand. Clinic work MTs..well..that is a different matter altogether. Do I think MTs need to stop allowing others to define their future when they can position themselves to be in the driver’s seat? Absolutely. 

If you have not read the For the Record article, then you need to do it today. It will anger you and get you thinking. It will also help you see why we must develop new skills such as medical coding. There is no denying that coders are the leaders in healthcare documentation, and Med-Line is training transcriptionists in this new skill set. We have decided to bring back our introductory rate of $1800 for our Medical Coding Bridge Program as well provide the textbooks for free to those who pay in full on enrollment (a $350 value). We are running this offer from December 7th to December 30th

Our uptraining program is the only one developed around the skills and needs of an MT. It is also one of the lowest costs for training. It can be done in 6 months instead of years. You can be one of those who helps define this upcoming EHR era. 

We developed the program. It is up to you to take control of your future by enrolling today.

Topics: Medical Coding Training, Career Advancement

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

Who is Deciding Your Professional Career?

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

Med-Line Learn to AdaptChange is a good thing as long as its purpose is to improve oneself or life in general.  In this world of continuous breakthroughs in technology and advancements in science, we are often left no choice but to ride along.  Otherwise, be left in the dark while everybody else is moving on and fighting to claim their place in the world of modern day living.

Nearly gone are the days when everything used to be manual.  Since the invention of electronic devices, people never stopped searching for more ways to make life even better in terms of comfort, reliability and efficiency.  Almost every day we see new inventions to help upkeep schools, workplaces, businesses and establishments, transportation and homes.  These inventions are intended to make daily activities and workloads manageable and not to create fear of coping up. 

In the medical field, we have witnessed a tremendous progress on how hospitals and facilities operate.  With the growing number of individuals seeking medical help and assistance, it is not a trend to use advanced support tools but a necessity to improve staff performance while keeping operation cost at a minimum.  It helps accommodate large number of patients on a daily basis where services are delivered in a timely manner while maintaining accuracy in reports. 

Hospitals, clinics, care facilities in both the private and public sectors are upgrading to electronic health record which is hoped to better the quality of patient care because practitioners get fast access to patients’ medical history and are provided with support tools vital to case analysis and decision making.

With the noticeable increase in the use of electronic health record comes the need for more practitioners and experts in this kind of data processing.  Experienced medical transcriptionists need to take advantage of the knowledge they already possess.  Going through a simple training to maximize potential with modern medical technology is the best way to stay in action.  Learn new skills and open your doors to greater heights. 

The medical field needs knowledgeable healthcare documentation experts who know not just one piece of the documentation process, but every piece. Do not be content with letting others decide where you will fit in this changing market. Take action now and decide for yourself. Be prepared to face what the future has to offer.  Constant learning is the only key to a stable future.  Enhance your skills and conquer change.  Continue to grow in your field of expertise and never fear of being left in the dark. Further your knowledge and earn success. 

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Topics: Continuing Education, Medical Coding Training, Career Advancement

Take Control of Your Transcription Career

Posted by Chad Sines on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 @ 06:00 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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Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Director of Admissions

Topics: Career Advancement