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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
     Hospital
     Office
  • HCPCS II
  • CPT 
  • Prepare for the CCS exam
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Topics: Medical Coding Training

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

From Transcription to Coding-- A Natural Journey

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

Med-Line Medical CodingAre you medical transcriptionists seeking to expand your career options? Are you thinking about becoming a medical coder, but are concerned with the transitioning process? Well, you do not have to be concerned any longer. The transition from medical transcriptionist to medical coder will be simpler for you because you already possess the basic skills needed to succeed in this field. Developing both skill sets can open new and exciting career opportunities in this ever-changing industry.

Current Skills

As a medical transcriptionist, here are some of the skills you currently possess that will make transitioning to a medical coder almost effortless:

  • Accurate typing skills
  • Effective reading and listening skills
  • Ability to work alone with no supervision
  • Efficient computer skills, including basic computer programs
  • An understanding of medical language and terminology
  • Skills needed to understand medical reports

What is Medical Coding?

Medical coders translate patients’ medical records into the proper medical billing language. Their job is to apply this language, or medical coding, to procedures and services provided by doctors, hospitals and clinics so that the universal billing systems can understand it. These coded files are then electronically transmitted to healthcare insurance companies for billing purposes. Without medical coders, no one in the chain of healthcare providers would ever get paid.

Two Advantages of Transitioning from Transcriptionist to Coder

1)      Salary Advantages

According to a report by The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, which can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition:

Starting Pay

Medical Coders start out at about $14 per hour.

Experienced Pay

The US Department of Labor May 2008 Report on labor statistics breaks down the expected earnings of experienced medical coders into categories based on the types of facilities they choose to work for:

  • Federal executive offices – $42,760
  • General hospitals – $32,600
  • Nursing care facilities – $30,660
  • Outpatient care providers – $29,160
  • Doctors’ offices – $26,210

2)      Cross Training Advantages

Being certified as a medical transcriptionist, as well as a medical coder gives you more career options. By cross training to be skilled in both professions, you will be qualified to accept job offers and contracts in both fields. Here are some of the advantages of cross training:

  • Find a good paying job in either or both fields.
  • Obtain independent contracts in either or both fields.
  • Obtain independent contracts that allow you to provide both services, thus doubling your pay per project.

How to Become a Medical Coder

Medical coders must complete required training courses to become certified. Medical coding certification gives your employers and clients the guarantee that you are skilled and highly qualified in this field. A premium medical coding program will educate you on the skills you need to flourish in your new career as a medical coder.

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Topics: Medical Coding Training

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

Med-Line Continues to Pave the Way with ICD-9 and ICD-10 Training

Posted by Chad Sines on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 @ 03:00 PM

Medical CodingAs a medical transcriptionist, you already have the requisite knowledge to be a successful medical coder. Whether you’re fresh out of school or a veteran transcriptionist, your advanced knowledge in areas like medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology gives you a head start in becoming a medical coder. Over the next decade, the healthcare documentation industry is expected to grow by more than 20 percent, creating an increased demand for professional coders. With a skill set that includes medical transcription and medical coding, you’ll be ideally positioned to compete for the most lucrative jobs in the industry. Getting the training you need to take charge of the healthcare documentation industry has never been easier or more affordable.

Since 1990, Med-Line School has been the industry leader in healthcare documentation training. We have trained students to be medical transcriptionists, medical coders, and administrative medical assistants and we were the first to offer a transition course in medical coding for MTs. Med-Line continues to lead the way with the introduction of our new medical coding bridge course. Premiering in January, 2013, our medical coding course is the only program to offer ICD-9 and ICD-10 training in a single program. Learning the current and future coding standards simultaneously prepares you to work as a medical coder today and into the future.

The medical coding bridge course will train you to the highest coding standards—allowing you to work confidently in any healthcare setting. Our training program offers physician-based and hospital-based coding, so you’ll be prepared to work with any and all healthcare providers. With the addition of ICD-10 training, you’ll be an invaluable asset to those employers as they deal with the EHR transition. With our comprehensive medical coding training, you can explore greater career options and be more successful in your profession.

Geared specifically toward MTs, our medical coding bridge course is designed to build on your existing knowledge base quickly and efficiently. As a medical transcriptionist, you already possess the medical knowledge needed to be a medical coder. Our bridge course uses your existing knowledge, and teaches you how to adapt it for medical coding. Instead of spending months covering material you already know, our course immediately begins teaching you how to transition that knowledge into medical coding. This approach saves you time and money, and allows you to start working as a medical coder in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take. The course can be completed online in only four months, making it easy to add medical coding to your skill set without any disruption to your family and current career.

Adding medical coding to your MT resume will make you more valuable to current employers and more marketable to prospective employers. As the healthcare documentation industry grows, your training will set you apart from other applicants vying for the same opportunities. The time and money spent on our medical coding bridge course is an investment in your future. That investment will pay off in increased opportunities and success. If you’re a medical transcriptionist who’s ready for the increased rewards and challenges offered by a career in medical coding, enroll in our bridge course for MTs today.

Enrolling before December 31st guarantees you the lowest tuition for this exciting new program. Your tuition includes all of the books you will need to complete your coursework. As we get closer to the implementation of ICD-10, the demand for this course will increase, resulting in higher tuition. A small down payment locks in your tuition, protecting you from increasing rates. Take your first step on a more lucrative career path by enrolling today.

 

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Topics: Medical Coding Training

Healthcare Documentation Career Options

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

Healthcare careerIf you're like many people who are married, maybe have kids and are just starting to look to train in medical transcription, medical coding, or administrative medical assisting, but have lingering doubts still, then please continue reading. You will find out how easy it is to train, how affordable it can be, and how rewarding the outcome.

Train to be a medical transcriptionist


If you're passionate about training in medical transcription, it's easier than you think to get started. I'm sure you're asking about the price, whether the school is a quality school that has proven success. You may even be asking if you can train from home, if you have little kids who need you, if you're a mom or dad. Maybe you're fresh out of high school and don't want to take on another four years of college. Whatever your current situation, you can train to be a medical transcriptionist. In fact, you can get your certificate, usually in 18 months, much shorter than a university degree. Also, you can go at your pace, instead of a school's schedule. There's no need to worry about quality instructors, because they are all credentialed and highly trained to educate you. Schools also offer individualized job placement assistance, after graduation. So, what are you waiting for?

Choose medical coding jobs that are growing

Want to check out medical coding? Good news, this field is growing quickly, according to the US Department of Labor. Research shows that Medical Records and Health Information Technician occupations can be expected to grow upwards of 20% by 2018, an estimated 30,000 new jobs in this field. Schools are enrolling students without a medical background, so it really is a perfect opportunity for someone looking to train in this exciting field. Also, for medical transcriptionists, this is also a great follow-up, if you're looking to broaden your scope and knowledge of different skill sets within the medical community. So, what are your waiting for?

Love interacting with people? Check out Administrative Medical Assisting

This field is growing exponentially, as well. In fact, new jobs are exceeding the average of 14% in the field, with growth expected to hit around 31%, which is actually twice the average rate. Being an Administrative Medical Assistant offers you a chance to welcome patients, input data entry, do general office work, schedule appointments, and much more.  You would be the point of contact for doctor's offices, and because you don't deal directly with patient's healthcare needs, this field doesn't require heavy medical training. So again, what are you waiting for?

Also, if you're a military spouse, you can train at no cost to you. Wherever you are stationed, you can study in these fields, and again, after you graduate, the school matches you will employers looking for your kind of expertise, and will help in placement of said jobs, instead of handing you a list with which to navigate. So, what are you waiting for? Lucrative opportunities await you, just reach out and grab one. You will be glad you did when get your diploma of graduation, and find the dream job you've been looking for. 

Topics: Medical Coding Training, Medical Transcription Training, Administrative Medical Assisting

The Value of a Quality Med-Line Education

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Create More SuccessLooking for a solid college education can be tricky due to tuition expenses among other concerns, but a trustworthy school offering plenty of opportunities to learn everything you need is within closer reach than you would think. A profession in the medical industry is becoming increasingly available and proper training in the field is being given to those willing to commit themselves. There are many reasons why Med-Line School is one of the best places to consider instigating a rewarding career.

Get the Training You Need in the Medical Field

With credentialed professionals working for you all the way, an education at Med-Line will allow you to pursue your dreams with the perfect set of classes to help you comprehensively in every step of your progress. At Med-Line you can be sure to get everything you need in your education including:

  • ACCP-approved medical transcription program with over 20 years in the medical industry.
  • Administrative medical assisting, medical transcription and medical coding programs
  • An average of 6 to 18 months of courses depending on the program, each one guaranteed to give you the full expanse of knowledge and training leaving you confident to succeed
  • Practicum allowing students to experience on-the-job tasks that go beyond textbook learning
  • Webinars giving students even more from their education
  • Job placement assistance for graduates
  • Externship provides plenty of hands-on experience

Med-Line School of Medical Transcription can provide an unrivaled education that's both affordable and efficient. The last thing you need to worry about is getting into a school that's looking to waste your time and energy in the pursuit of success.

How Med-Line Can Help You Both In and Out of School

While enrolled in one of the programs Med-Line has to offer, you can find many other ways to improve yourself and take initiative in driving your education forward. Externships are offered, giving you more experience in the field. Trusting students to use their education to the fullest of its potential is always advocated, meaning Med-Line will guide you along while ultimately letting you stand on your own two feet when it's time to move forward in your career.

Once you've graduated, even if you have had no previous history in the medical industry, you can be sure that Med-Line will help you find a secure job that is looking for new employees who know their what they're doing in any area. As long as you take full advantage of what Med-Line has to offer in the ways of an extensive education, you can be sure that the school will do its best to match and even exceed your efforts in assisting you with your job search.

Encouraging Mandatory Credentialing for All Schools


Med-Line believes no school should be without experienced professionals who can pass on their knowledge to newcomers in the industry. Choosing Med-Line means that only the best in courses and overall medical education is given. With the training you deserve and staff with the credentials that should be a standard everywhere, you can't go wrong.

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Topics: Medical Coding Training, Medical Transcription Training, Administrative Medical Assisting

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

How Are You Preparing for a Changing Job Market?

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 @ 02:44 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionDon't freak out. It is possible to be appropriately frightened about the current economic downturn of our country without losing your cool. Cool heads prevail. In this environment, all jobs are scarce although transcriptionists with acute care training are having their pick from the best. The rate of unemployment is overwhelming and has led some individuals to adapt new attitudes. A lot of people are reevaluating their educational training and skills. It is a fact that the more training a person has in a specific field, the more qualified and sought after he/she is for a particular position. One area that requires specific training and skills is the health care industry. Health care is an ever-changing career field. There is constant movement to consolidate, organize, manage and market information to the general public. And with change comes opportunity. Jobs in health care are widespread and ever evolving. The electronic health record adoption has also created a need for more qualified documentation experts. Hospitals and doctors' offices are transitioning into complete electronic filing systems and some are even moving away from traditional transcription. This change requires a higher level of specialty that many transcriptionists currently possess. Many transcriptionists are using what little time is left before the mandatory adoption of the EHR to enhance their skill sets in order to open doors they were previously afraid to open. The question many are asking themselves is 'Am I marketable in this upcoming job market?' ‘Is there a way for me to quickly improve my technical skill set without breaking the bank?”

Each professional decision you make has its ability to be a building block towards the tower of success. Evaluate your goals, learn about possible training courses that can be completed in as little as six months. Now is the time to start defining yourself. There are many opportunities for people with health care training to succeed in this fast-changing job market. 

Med-Line School is please to be a part of evolving today's transcriptionist into tomorrow's documentation leaders. Our Medical Coding Bridge Program has seen a inspirational reception from MTs looking to advance their skill sets in a program designed to build on their knowledge without re-inventing the wheel and doing so at a price that fits in any budget.

Enroll by Nov 15th for only $1800.

  • Pay in full and receive the books for free, a $350 value.
  • Pay $225 down payment and seven monthly installments of $225. You can get the books through us for $350 or get them used/new on your own.

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Topics: Continuing Education, Medical Coding Training

Balance is the Key to a Productive Holiday Season

Posted by Chad Sines on Sat, Nov 05, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionWith the holidays fast approaching, and the New Year only a few months away, it's easy to throw in the towel on studying. During this time of year, we all deserve a break from the work we've been doing. However, that doesn't mean to ignore it completely. 

Take advantage of the time off you have to see friends, family, or take a small vacation. A break from work or school can be very beneficial for productivity in the future and helps ease stress. Keep in mind that putting off work entirely may seem like a good idea now, but it's likely to cause more stress when you have to get back into the swing of things.

If you have work that will only pile up during the holidays if you don't tend to it, create a realistic schedule of relaxing and studying. Make sure to dedicate time each day to work and it will become another part of your day. If you accomplish your tasks in the morning, you have all day to enjoy your vacation. Or, if you work better at night, set aside time to study before going to bed.

A nice balance between the two will prove beneficial. While you may want to forget school or work during the holiday, ask yourself if it will pay off in the end. More likely than not, it will only be temporary satisfaction.

Studying doesn't have to be something you must do, it can be something you want to do. Look at it as your chance to keep your mind active and be prepared for the next round of classes.

It's important to make a schedule, but it doesn't have to be entirely focused on studying. Just be sure to include your work on a regular basis while enjoying your time off and you'll get the best of both worlds.

 

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

Topics: Professional Development, Medical Coding Training, Medical Transcription Training