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

Tremendous Savings on Continuing Education

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Great SavingsWe have some great webinars and great prices with several at only $2 this August.

Through August 31st, all webinars are half off. You can view our extensive list of webinars here. Prices will update once in your shopping cart.


Our weekly $2 webinars are:

August 10th to 16th Celiac Disease

August 17th to 23rd Crohns Disease

August 24th to 31st Irritable Bowel Syndrome


We also have our RHDS and CHDS prep programs at only $35 through the end of August.


We hope you take advantage of these wonderful opportunities this month.

Topics: Continuing Education, Webinar

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

Clinical Medicine CECs

Posted by Chad Sines on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 @ 10:06 PM

describe the imageClinical Medicine CECs are one of the most often requested. Med-Line has three bundles available covering a broad range of topics. This is one of our most popular clinical medicine bundles representing several unique topics. Learn about heart valve disease, fibromyalgia, hyperbaric oxygen, depression, and Barrett's.


Clinical Medicine I Bundle- $30
Cardiac Valve Disease- 1 CM
Fibromyalgia & Trigger Point Therapy- 1 CM
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy- 1 CM
Depression- The Misunderstood Epidemic- 1 CM
Barrett's Esophagitis- 1 CM 

Get Clinical Medicine I


Topics: Continuing Education

Clinical Medicine Training

Posted by Chad Sines on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 @ 10:33 AM

describe the imageClinical Medicine CECs are one of the most often requested. Med-Line has three bundles available covering a broad range of topics. Each are only $30 and include 5 clinical medicine CEC credits. Get all three bundles today and bank 15 CECs.

Clinical Medicine I Bundle- $30
Cardiac Valve Disease- 1 CM
Fibromyalgia & Trigger Point Therapy- 1 CM
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy- 1 CM
Depression- The Misunderstood Epidemic- 1 CM
Barrett's Esophagitis- 1 CM 

Get Clinical Medicine I


Clinical Medicine II Bundle- $30
Ophthalmology- 1.5 CM
Fundamentals of Surgery in Transcription- 1.5 CM
Celiac Disease- The Mystery Disease- 1 CM
Colon Cancer - 1 CM

Get Clinical Medicine II


Clinical Medicine III Bundle- $30
Crohn's Disease- New Research and Novel Treatments- 1 CM 
Oncology- 1 CM
Irritable Bowel Syndrome- 1 CM
Gastric Cancer - 1 CM 

Get Clinical Medicine III

Topics: Professional Development, Continuing Education

How Much Do You Know About HIPAA and HITECH

Posted by Chad Sines on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

legalMedicolegal CECs are some of the most difficult to come by. Med-Line has several medicolegal webinars available that will help prepare you for the coming changes in this industry. Take the time to learn and be prepared for the future. Get all five webinars for $30.

  • HIPAA and HITECH- 1.5 ML
  • Regulatory Requirements- 1 ML
  • Risk Management- 1 ML
  • Medicolegal Aspects of the Healthcare Record- No CEC     
  • Critical Thinking- 1 TW
Get HITECH Ready

Topics: Continuing Education

Learn to Use Microsoft Office

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

We have many ask us for more training opportunities relating to Microsoft Office. We have a great webinar bundle available that will show you the basics of Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook, Word, and also Windows 7. Even better, each is worth 1 TW CEC credit, all for only $30.

  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2010- 1 TW
  • Microsoft Excel 2010- 1 TW
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010- 1 TW
  • Microsoft Word 2010- 1 TW
  • Windows 7- 1 TW
Learn Microsoft Office

Topics: Continuing Education

CEC Webinar Reminder- Multiple Sclerosis

Posted by Chad Sines on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

nerveTitle:  Multiple Sclerosis
When: Tues, Feb 26, 2013 2 PM - 3 PM PST
Presenter: Diana Hurkens, RN., MA, MHA
Length: 1 hour | CEC: 1 CM
Cost: $10

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Most commonly diagnosed between 20 and 40, this disease affects more women than men. Participants will learn about diagnostic criteria, affects on quality of life, and treatment modalities. In addition current research and novel treatments will be discussed. 

Join us for this webinar!!

Topics: Continuing Education, Webinar

CEC Webinar Reminder- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Posted by Chad Sines on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

oxygenTitle:  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
When: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 2 PM - 3 PM PST
Presenter: Chad Sines, MS,MBA,AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour | CEC: 1 CM
Cost: $10

While much of the medical community is unfamiliar with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, it has been successfully used in wound treatment, carbon monoxide poisoning, and decompression sickness. In recent decades research has indicated the possibility that hyperbaric oxygen could benefit those with neurologic conditions, such as stroke and traumatic brain injury. While still considered an alternative treatment for neurologic issues, attention has increased significantly. Attendees will learn what hyperbaric oxygen therapy is, the physics behind it, and current research that may reshape how neurologic conditions are treated.  

Join us for this webinar!!

Topics: Continuing Education, Webinar

CEC Webinar Reminder- Food Allergies- Hidden Killers

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 @ 04:56 PM

PeanutsTitle:  Food Allergies- Hidden Killers
When: Thurs, Feb 21, 2 PM - 3 PM PST
Presenter: Chad Sines, MS,MBA,AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour | CEC: 1 CM
Cost: $10

Food allergies affect 15 million people with symptoms ranging from mild nausea to chronic debilitating medical conditions as well as anaphylaxis and death. Sadly, the determination of food allergies baffles most physicians who are often unable to recognize symptoms and instead treat for other conditions. Learn the great number of symptoms, identification technigues, treatment modalities, and current research aimed at identification and treatment.   

Join us for this webinar!!

Topics: Continuing Education, Webinar