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The medical billing field is already known for its growth potential and ability to give people on the go a portable career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is also estimating 22% growth for medical billers between 2012 and 2022, and with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in October 2014 and subsequent increase in medical bills flooding the health care market, a career in medical billing becomes even more appealing.
The Effects of the ACA on Medical Billing
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the work for physicians’ and hospital billing departments is on the increase. Additionally, new requirements for submitting patient claims to insurance companies and maintaining electronic health records makes it absolutely necessary for these departments to be ready with specially-trained medical billing specialist staff.
Beginning October 1, 2014, medical billing specialists will need to also help physicians’ offices to become compliant with the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), a new coding system that includes a staggering 69,000 diagnostic codes. It is vital that ICD-10 be adopted if claims are to be paid. In turn, this makes trained medical billers a hot commodity.
The Medical Billing Process Will Change
In addition to the changes expected with the adoption of the ICD-10 coding system, the ACA will make changes in the way providers bill for services and payers process claims. The impact of ACA operating rules on billing procedures have many practices scrambling to understand the challenges they will face. Specifically, the ACA will make it so practices are required to bill for quality, not quantity, of the care given.
Additionally, payers will face new rules for claims processing, which includes determination of eligibility and could result in billing errors requiring claims to be resubmitted.
Fortunately, training now in the medical billing field will give specialists an advantage because they have learned about these processes, including the ICD-10, and how to best circumvent the issues discussed above.
The Future For Medical Billers
If there is one thing for certain, it is that work will continue for medical billing specialists. The 10-year projected growth by the BLS is considered “faster than average” compared to other careers. The combination of millions of newly insured patients, combined with the transition to ICD-10, will require increased healthcare staffing needs, and in particular medical billing specialists.
Why Become a Medical Biller?
Convenient Online Training – Your medical billing career training can be completed 100% online with Allied Medical School. Our training program allows you to learn on your schedule, making it easier for you to fit education into your busy routine.
Flexibility – Medical billers can work part-time, full-time and in a variety of settings. This includes doctors’ offices, hospital billing departments, and for other health care services providers such as a laboratory or radiologist. Additionally, a medical billing career can be taken anywhere in the country, making it appealing for people on the move.
Career Stability – The aging population will lead to an increase in the need for medical tests and treatments. In turn, there will be a greater demand in insurance claims for reimbursement and the medical billers who can organize and manage this data.
Explosive Career Growth – The facts speak for themselves about medical billing – it is a hot career that is growing leaps and bounds above others, with 22% growth expected between 2012 and 2022.* The reasons for this are many, with the transition to the ICD-10 coding system and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
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By DOUG COX, Allied Project Management student
I’m back in school. There, I said it. After nearly 40 years after the last class of the last course of the last semester of my college career, I’m back in school.
And I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve managed a lot of large and small projects over the four decades that I’ve worked for a paycheck, and frankly the ones that ended successfully were just as much due to dumb luck on my part as any measure of experience or wisdom I might have brought to the party.
|Is life more or less a series of standing in long, long lines?|
But as the projects begin to increase in size and complexity in my role as an online marketer for Allied Schools in Laguna Hills, CA, I’m going to take a different approach: formally study the craft of project management in a classroom—an online classroom, no less.
Since my employer just happens to run an enormously popular online school, one that just happens to offer an excellent certification course in project management, I’m taking Allied up on its promise to turn me into a project management ninja. First, however, Allied quite fairly requires that I contribute the many hours of study and both intellectual and practical effort required to earn the coveted certificate. Seems fair.
This blog will chronicle my efforts to hold up my end of that bargain and describe what it’s really like to be a no-kidding Allied student. And, yes, I told my boss that I’d be brutally candid about any bumps in the road; that you’re reading this speaks volumes.
Enrolling at Allied was a far cry from the Way It Was back in my college days, when we learned the hard way that life was more or less a series of standing in long lines for days on end. When Allied realized I was serious about project management, though, the enrollment process took a phone call, two e-mails and about an hour of my time. An hour after that, I was holding my shiny new textbook, the Project Management Institute’s latest edition of its legendary Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, or as it’s more mercifully called, the PIMBOK guide.
I didn’t have to endure a single line, but I sort of miss the Saturday football games and the other games that ran on into those Saturday nights. Still, an online course has the advantage of allowing attendance in one’s pajamas and bunny slippers.
I won’t kid you—this is a very grueling course of study. I’m a few classes into the self-study course (you have a year to complete it), and it’s not for the faint of heart. But Allied’s been there for me all along. The lecture notes are comprehensive and clearly written and, to be honest, the PIMBOK is quite accessible in a grim way. The two tests I’ve taken to date went pretty well—100% and 90%, respectively—and I think I’m beginning to get the hang of this.
If not, well, I can always fall back on dumb luck.
Cox is a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) specialist in the Allied Schools Marketing Department.
The Internet is where it's at! Gone are the days when you would rely solely on newspapers to find a job. Today, there is a treasure trove of options available at your fingertips - job search sites, classified ads, recruiters, and more. You can post your resume online, search job listings by geographic region and communicate with a prospective employer via e-mail. The possibilities are endless!
- Available Anytime - You don't have to wait anymore for the Sunday newspaper with the classified ads. You can log onto the computer and access the Internet anytime you want. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can look for a job, post your resume and network whenever you choose.
- Quick - It's as easy as 1, 2, 3... When you go online, you are immediately connected to careers. You can instantly access job sites, send your resume to prospective employers and search postings in other cities. You don't have to rely on the mail or wait for a telephone call; you can communicate your needs right away.
- More Productive - You can do a lot more through the use of the Internet. Instead of spending hours reading classified ads, amending your resume and typing mailing labels, you can reach more employers in a quicker amount of time. You can post your resume and respond to job openings in a matter of minutes.
- Far Reaching - The Internet knows no bounds. It is just as easy to search for a job 10 miles away or 1,000 miles away. Job sites allow you to search by geographic region. You don't have to subscribe to newspapers in faraway cities to respond to their classified listings. You can find everything you need posted on the web.
- Valuable Resources - You are not limited to resume posting and job listings. You can also use valuable resources to help you with other aspects of your career search. Use the Internet to prepare for an interview, write an effective resume, research job outlooks and determine a fair salary. Information that was once available at a bookstore is now accessible on the Internet for free.
It is a good time to be in the job market with all of the tools available on the Internet. You no longer have to sit by and wait for a phone call. The web enables you to be proactive in your job search. Be in charge of your career and use the resources available to you.
You've completed a successful job interview. What's the next step? You send a "thank you" letter thanking the interviewer for his or her time. This simple act can give you an edge over other interviewees. It's a common courtesy that allows you the opportunity to reiterate your interest in the job and keep your name in front of an interviewer.
Some tips for creating an effective "thank you" letter:
* Make sure to send your note within 24 hours of your interview.
* You can either handwrite or type your thank you letter. Tailor it to fit the company's culture. Decide if it's more appropriate to send a formal typed letter or a personal handwritten note.
* If you choose to e-mail your letter, you should send a hardcopy too. E-mail is a fast way to get your letter in front of the right people, but a mailed letter is the best choice.
* Your writing reflects you - make sure it is error free. Check the letter for grammar, spelling and punctuation.
* Make the note personal. Don't just copy your note from an old letter you have on file. Reference specific things you talked about in the interview.
* If you interview with a few people, send a note to each one. Although you can use the same letter for each, try to tailor a sentence or two to that specific person
* If you expect a decision soon, find a way to get your note in the interviewer's hands fast - consider using e-mail, fax, or hand-delivery.
A "thank you" letter can send an important message about you. It shows that you are truly interested in the job and want to project a positive image. It is the perfect opportunity to remind your potential employer of your qualifications and how you would fit in with the company. It also gives you the chance to correct any mistakes you might have made or add anything you might have missed.
Labels: Career Guide, evaluate resume, Job Success, thank you letter
Remember those tedious handwriting classes in school? Dot your I's and cross your T's. The same attention to details that your teachers and parents drilled into you during your elementary school years is the same attention to detail you need when preparing your job search paperwork. First impressions last a lifetime; be sure to give your future employer the impression you want to convey.
If given the opportunity to type rather than handwrite, take advantage of it. Job applications often ask tedious and mundane questions. No matter what the content of an application, take the time to fill it out correctly and neatly. If you cannot type out the application, be sure to print instead of handwrite. If you make a mistake, start over. Do not cross out or white-out a mistake. Nothing looks worse than a job application with eraser marks all over the page and white-out globs inside the application fields.
As for the infamous resume, don't be afraid of this often debated document. If you ask five different people how to write a resume you will probably get 10 different opinions. Writing a resume is a very subjective process. It is your job to make sure your resume conveys your skills and achievements in a clear and concise manner. Remember, if you do not tell your interviewer about your successes, they have no way of knowing what you have done or what you are capable of achieving. Nothing makes a poorer impression than a resume containing errors. Double and triple check your resume for errors and omissions. Spell check your resume, hand check your resume, and then have a friend check your resume. It is difficult to check one's own work, so don't be afraid to have someone review it for you. A resume should be the finest piece of written work you can produce!
Paying attention to the details will benefit you during your job search and throughout your entire career. Employers respect employees who take the time to guarantee the quality of their work. Paying attention to the details shows your willingness to go the extra mile. You want to be the person the director turns to for important projects. A manager's greatest asset is a team member who can get a job done in short order with 100 percent accuracy!
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It may come as a surprise, but most small-business owners say that attitude is more important than a solid set of job skills when it comes to looking for new employees. They're not saying that they don't consider job skills important; however, first and foremost, they want their employees to have positive attitudes.
You can probably relate. Nobody wants to be around someone that is negative or complaining all of the time. This ideal incorporates into the workplace. A positive attitude fosters a positive work environment. An upbeat employee is more likely to be productive, motivated and well liked.
How can you project a positive attitude?
Put on a happy face - You can't help but feel good when you smile. It is also contagious. When you smile, your co-workers will smile and so on. There will be positive energy in the office.
Focus on the task at hand - Don't think about what went wrong yesterday. We all make mistakes. If you give your work 100% of your attention, you will have the concentration to do a good job.
Stop the complaining - We all experience things that we do not agree with or do not like. However, instead of lingering on the negative, choose to forget about it and move on. A positive front will go further to advance your career.
Create an inviting work space - You can create a positive work environment by keeping things organized. Clutter often leads to frustration and missed deadlines. Also, add a favorite photo or keepsake.
Keep a positive outlook - Look at each day as a new challenge. By focusing on the positive, you will be more likely to get excited about work. Think of all the possibilities the day has to offer.
A positive attitude is important, but it isn't everything. There are many qualities that add up to a successful employee. Remember to practice good work habits, follow directions, and use competent communication skills. It is also essential to dress suitably, use appropriate behavior, and demonstrate good job skills and knowledge of work operations.
Remember that a good attitude can get you ahead, while a bad one might stifle your chances for success.
Labels: Career Builder, Career Guide, Job Success
A resume is the first thing a potential employer sees when you apply for a job. This simple piece of paper represents you and your employment history. It can determine if you get called for an interview or overlooked for another candidate. Considering this importance, you should make sure that your resume makes a good impression. You've created a resume before, but there might be additional tips that you didn't know. Use this helpful advice to get your foot in the door:
-Include a clear and concise job objective. Make sure to highlight this at the top of your resume. Give potential employers a clear idea of your professional goals.
-Modify your resume for the role you are applying for. You should tailor your resume to match the type of job you want. Change the objective and emphasize relevant skills. You don't want the main focus of your resume to be on experience that has nothing to do with the type of job you want.
-Make sure you have relevant job experience. You need to have experience in the type of job you are applying for. Volunteer to get the skills you need, or highlight your existing skills and illustrate how they apply to the new position.
-Include 10 to 15 years of work experience. This can help shorten the length of your resume and provide the most relevant work experience. If you have important experience beyond those years, you can mention it in your cover letter.
-Don't include hobbies or personal information. Unless the hobby or information is relevant to the type of job you are seeking, you shouldn't include it on your resume.
-Use action words to describe your duties. Pick strong verbs to explain your work history. Words such as "managed, maintained, budgeted, performed, and exceeded" are good ones to use to describe your duties.
Make sure you get the interview you want. Review your existing resume and make sure it adheres to the guidelines above. It might make the difference of receiving a phone call or getting passed over in favor of a candidate with a better resume. Even if you are the best choice, you are only as good as your resume.
Labels: Career Counseling, employer, job objective, Resume