There are precious few arguments against taking medical billing classes online. One of the only halfway plausible arguments I have ever heard involved concern over the “damage” that can happen to one’s eyes if too much time is spent staring at a computer screen. Mama always used to say “don’t sit too close or too long in front of the Tee Vee or you’ll damage your eyes!” Later generations of mamas made the same plea, but this time the dangerous activity was spending too long in front of the computer or video game screen. Well Allen School Online students, I am here to tell you that this is 100% pure, unadulterated bunk! It is totally untrue that sitting too long in front of any kind of screen is harmful to your eyesight. View the comical video above for the truth about this old wives tale. Then, consider all the positive benefits of studying medical billing online with the Allen School and rest assured that the many benefits outweigh this bogus concern.
Despite the fact that there is strong, sustained demand for people with medical billing and coding certification, the fact is, finding a new job is time consuming and complicated. You can expect to send out dozens of resumes and partake of numerous interviews. Yet, the majority of your efforts will be met with rejection. Ultimately, you’re well-prepared to find a job as a medical billing specialist with your degree from the Allen School. But along the way, you can expect to endure a bunch of lies from the people interviewing you.
This does not make the interviewers bad people. Okay, maybe some of them are not great people, but the fact is, they see so many candidates – both qualified candidates like you and unqualified people too – they cannot always do the right thing by each and every one of the hundreds of people they speak to each week.
US News put together this insightful piece about the 8 lies interviewers tell candidates. And while it may be a bit disheartening to read, it does provide you with the insight needed to remain resolute and ultimately land the gig you want. Here are a few of the lies you’ve surely encountered:
- “We’ll keep your résumé on file.”
- “We’ll let you know about future opportunities.”
- “We’ll get back to you in two weeks.”
Click here to read the entire article which provides insight into why these lies are told and what you can do to minimize the impact of being lied to in such a fashion while seeking a great position as a medical billing and coding professional.
The KFC Double Down, the McGriddle, the Quadruple Bypass Burger and now the Waffle Taco! Long time readers of the Allen School Blog know I have a predilection for reporting on the worst excesses of the American Fast Food industry, which seems to have no self control when it comes to developing foods that may ultimately kill their customers. I just find it almost comical the lengths to which fast food producers will go to stuff more fat, sodium, sugar and calories in their offerings with seeming disregard for the health consequences.
Today, Taco Bell joined the illustrious list of over-the-top fast food merchants with the announcement that it will be entering into the highly competitive “breakfast” segment of the fast food market with something called the “Waffletaco”. As the name implies, it is a taco-shell shaped Belgian waffle stuffed with sausage, egg and cheese and is intended to be topped with a torrent of maple syrup. Why am I appalled and intrigued at the same time? I know I should avoid this nutritional abomination like the plague, yet, I am oddly seduced by this siren song of breakfasty goodness.
Whether you favor or scorn such fanciful fast food creations, the bottom line is they must be good for business. The publicity these monster menu items produces is reason enough for these purveyors of heart disease to continue to try and one-up each other with ever more bizarre and unhealthy products. And what is good for their business also happens to be good for Certified Nurse Assistant schools like the Allen School. The contribution of the Waffletaco to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, sleep apnea and a host of other ailments keeps demand high for well-trained medical office assistants, certified nurse assistants and all other healthcare professionals! So bon appetit!
Getting your first job as a medical assistant just after graduation at the Allen School is a thrill. But chances are, you’ll have multiple positions over the course of your career and will have the opportunity to move up through the ranks of several organizations where you’re employed. Some employees seem to get promoted quickly while others stay mired in their entry level spots for years. Ever wonder why this is the case?
Ilya Pozin, CEO, Forbes contributor and LinkedIn “Influencer” has some idea. Often times, those who do not excel upward through promotions are kept trapped in their positions by the language they use in their day-to-day activities in the office. Pozin put together an excellent list of phrases you should avoid like the plague if you want to earn seniority in your position. Some of them like, “That’s not my job” are pretty obvious. But there are others that are not as well known. Read Pozin’s post on LinkedIn here and then erase these twelve phrases from your vocabulary and you’ll be on your way upward. Excelsior!
If you’ve been reading this blog over the years, you know I rarely (if ever) give any product or service endorsements (except to recommend particularly useful websites or particularly over-the-top fast food creations). But I feel like the experience I recently had buying a new laptop computer was worth sharing. Especially for those of you who are studying medical billing and coding online (or those who may be considering it.)
Did you know that most computer manufacturers sell “scratch & dent” and “refurbished” products through websites not typically connected with their main website? Yep. Its true. In the past, I have purchased machines from Dell Outlet, HP Outlet and just this week, “Lenovo Outlet” stores. I have purchased “scratch and dents” which, although it sounds scary, typically means nothing more than tiny cosmetic blemishes that aren’t even noticeable. Refurbs are almost always machines that were ordered, delivered and sent back because the buyer didn’t want it when it arrived (read: found a lower price elsewhere). Or perhaps there was a defective component when they buyer first booted the machine. So it is sent back to the factory where the original manufacturer’s technicians replace the faulty component, returning the machine to virtually brand-new status.
These “Manufacturer’s Outlet” sites sell these computers beginning at 50% off! And the deals get even better than that. I bought a refurbed Lenovo laptop with a touch screen, a superfast dual core processor (3Ghz), 6GB of RAM memory, DVD burner, webcam, Dolby speakers and Windows 8 operating system. It was a $1100 ,machine. I paid $388.00!
Studying online to earn your degree in medical billing is a smart way to go. Be smart about buying a good computer to support your studies.
The Rockport Institute is dedicated to helping people determine the very best career path for themselves. If you’ve been studying at Allen School to become a medical office assistant, a certified nurse assistant or a medical billing specialist, then you’ve already determined the very best career choice for yourself. However, after you’ve got your Allen School certification in hand, you must embark on the challenging task of finding a great place to work. Landing the job you want in an organization that you’ll love begins with having a solid resume to get the hiring authorities interested in you as a candidate.
The Rockport Institute published an excellent piece explaining what is required to develop the most effective, exceptional resume to vault your candidacy over the rest of the crowd seeking to land the same position. Their five part series on Writing a Masterpiece of a Resume contains the following sections:
Part 1 – Resume Writing – Write a resume that generates results
Part 2 – How to knock the socks off a prospective employer
Part 3 – The evidence section: How to present your work history, education, etc.
Part 4 – A few guidelines for a better presentation
Part 5 – I’m not sure the job I’m looking for is the right one for me
Part 6 – Add power to your resume with power words
If you’re done with or soon to complete your studies at Allen School or Allen School Online, do yourself a favor and really digest this series of posts; the strongest such how-to material I have ever come across on this subject.
Getting the job you want is a multi-faceted process and one which requires sufficient planning in order to succeed. Studying to earn your certification from the Allen School as a medical assistant is but the first milestone. With the solid education under your belt, you must begin the journey through hunting for positions, writing resumes, negotiating preliminary phone interviews, buying the right clothes for interviewing and then, ultimately, sitting across the table from a live hiring manager whose job it is to disqualify weak candidates. So if you’ve navigated the majority of these steps and stand ready to enter the office of the hiring manager, here are some tips to make sure you come across as the best medical assistant candidate for the position.
Almost as important as what you say during your interview is what your body says without using a single word. Just like a poor poker player, your true feelings can be telegraphed and revealed by the way you comport yourself physically during the interview. Things like posture, eye contact, voice, excessive nodding of the head, “talking with the hands” and bouncing a nervous knee are all “tells” that can alert your interviewer to possible underlying issues with you as a candidate. These things should all be acknowledged and guarded against. Want to know more? Visit this article at job site Careerealism.com for the details and be as great an interview subject as you are a medical assistant certificate holder from the Allen School.
The Financial Times recently published a piece called, “Six Wise Ways to Boost Your Career This Year” and it struck me that those studying medical billing and coding online with the Allen School were bound to graduate with 3 of these six “ways” well in hand.
For example, FT says, “Learn Something New – Sharpening your skills or educating yourself about a new angle of your industry is key to being able to advance.” Well, if this isn’t the very definition of what it means to take medical billing and coding classes online, I don’t know what is.
FT quoted business guru Jack Welch as saying, “To get an A-plus in business, you have to expand the organization’s expectations of you and then exceed them… Your goal should be to make your bosses smarter, your team more effective, and the whole company more competitive because of your energy, creativity and insights.” Again, Allen School Online graduates are trained to over deliver in the workplace so this is another leg up you’ll have if you decide to study with Allen School.
FT says, “Strive to be a clear communicator – A great deal needs to get done. The pace of the world is quick and demanding. If you’re unclear, hesitant or foggy in your communication, you risk being misunderstood, overlooked – or, worse, left behind.” The pace of the world is nowhere more evident than in a busy medical office. Allen School Online students are trained to be quick, efficient and effective in their work.
It seems that by any measure, studying to become a medical billing specialist at Allen School Online is a safe bet when seeking ways to get ahead in your career!
Sharpening your skills or educating yourself about a new angle of your industry is key to being able to advance. – See more at: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2014/01/02/6-Wise-Ways-Boost-Your-Career-Year#sthash.iM6g7kLh.dpuf
Nursing assistant schools should expect to continue to be in high demand if its true what the World Health Organization (WHO) is reporting. According to a report from CNN, the WHO has been sounding the alarm that cancer is approaching global pandemic proportions with almost 1 in every 8 deaths worldwide attributable to the disease. Whether it is colon cancer in men, cervical cancer in women, or lung cancer among smokers, cancer is on the rise as more countries become industrialized and adopt Western lifestyles.
While this is truly ghastly news, it should be noted that one of the byproducts of this spreading disease is an ongoing, high demand for people with nursing assistant education and all other types of healthcare related workers. While many of the steps people can take to minimize their cancer risk (like quitting smoking and increasing physical activity) are not something a certified nurse assistant can influence directly, there are other things that require direct involvement of a nursing assistant. For example, vaccinations. Women can get vaccinated against HPV virus which is a precursor to cervical cancer.
In any case, the silver lining in this troubling story is particularly bright for those taking nursing assistant training with the Allen School.
Did you know that you can potentially lower your tax liability if you know what deductions you can claim on your tax return? As a careerist in the fields of certified nursing assistant or medical office assistant, there are a number of things you can write off if you’re filing an itemized tax return. Knowing what is an acceptable deduction (and what is not) is important though, so you don’t run afoul of IRS guidelines.
At the www.nursinglink.com website, they’ve published an article entitled, “Financial Tips for Nurses – Income Tax Deductions” which includes some interesting information about what may be acceptable tax deductions for folks working in the medical/healthcare field. Things like uniforms and equipment, licenses and training fees, travel expenses and other things typically experienced by CNAs and medical assistants are all examined and explained. Definitely worth a quick read as tax season is now upon us.