3 Reasons to Send Follow Up Emails After Medical Billing Job Interviews

post medical billing job interview letterChris Carlson, President of Sales Talent, Inc. says, “I find it remarkable how little effort many candidates put into a career search.  In my view, if it’s worth the time it takes to prepare for, drive to and interview with a potential employer, it’s worth spending a little extra time to get the details right.”  If you’re trying to land that first (or tenth) medical billing job, it is imperative that you send follow up letters or emails to your interviewers wherever you may have sat for an interview, in person or on the phone. 1)  Differentiation – The job market is and will always be a competitive environment.  There are almost always more applicants than jobs available.  As such, if the hiring decision comes down to a choice between you and another equally qualified medical billing job seeker, give the hiring manager a reason to select you.  A simple, sincere letter of thanks post-interview could be just the differentiation you need to beat the competition. 2)  Articulate Your Interest – Writing a nice follow up letter does double duty.  Clearly it demonstrates that you’re actively interested in the role available.  But it also gives you the opportunity to demonstrate that you can form cogent thoughts on paper and articulate yourself which is a benefit in any candidate.  If writing isn’t your bag, get someone with better writing skills to help you (or at least to proof your writing). 3)  Demonstrate Follow-Through – Being an employee who is able to complete tasks all the way from inception through satisfactory or even exemplary conclusion makes you a valuable commodity.  The act of sending a follow up message demonstrates that you don’t quit at the earliest convenient stopping point.  It shows that you’re the kind of person who will see tasks through to their full conclusion; that you’re thorough and thoughtful.  For why this matters, see Reason #1.

Carlson offers the following tips on how to craft a winning letter.

  • As classy as a handwritten “Thank You” note is, timing is key.  Always send an email within 24 hours of an interview.  A best practice would be to send the email around 5pm that same day that you interviewed.  This will put your message in front of the hiring manager(s) while they are stilling grappling with who will make the cut. 
  • Address concerns or opportunities that were uncovered in the interview.
  • Send a “Thank you” email to each person that you interviewed with (yes, get a business card from each person you meet so you’ll have their email).  Send them a message via Linkedin if they didn’t give you their business card.
  • Keep your message short, professional and to the point.

HHS Dept Commissioned Study Says Regular Mammograms Only Needed After 50

mammogramSweeping new U.S. breast cancer screening guidelines are calling for an end to routine mammograms for women in their 40s and for women 50 to 74 they suggest a mammogram every other year.  This controversial new guideline was handed down by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF),  a group of nongovernmental experts convened by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to review published literature and develop recommendations for the use of clinical preventive services.   Coming on the heels of the controversial Stupak Amendment limiting coverage for abortions that was inserted into the House healthcare bill in the eleventh hour at the behest of Catholic Cardinals, this new guideline seems to many to be a part of a broader campaign to hack away at hard-won women’s rights. Continue reading…

Nursing Assistant Certificate – Your Ticket to Low Taxes and Less Traffic Congestion

nursing assistant degree When you’re stuck in a dead-end job, you may wish for the ability to change your surroundings.  You may wish to move to a place where it is easier and cheaper to live.  However, in a dead-end job, it is hard to make enough money to make any changes to your surroundings.  You may be stuck living in a high tax state or a state with horrible traffic congestion making your commute to said dead-end job all the more emotionally taxing. On the other hand, if you have a good job, like the kind you’d qualify for once having earned a nursing assistant degree, you can exert far more control over your situation.  Get that nursing assistant degree and you’ll be earning a significant amount more than you would be working in food service or retail.  And with that extra money, you could move to a state with an overall lower tax burden so you’ll keep more of what you earn.  Plus, given that there are plenty of good jobs in nearly every US market for people with nursing assistant degrees, you could elect to begin your career in an area where there isn’t a ridiculous amount of traffic for commuting. So how would one go about locating the perfect location with low state tax burdens and acceptably painless commutes?  Glad you asked.  Here are a couple of articles to help point you in the right direction.  Here’s a piece that shows what states pay the highest state taxes (to be avoided) and another piece that shows the ten worst commute corridors (also to be avoided).  

Online Medical Billing School Working on Windows 7 timeframe

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Sunset date for Windows 7

Here’s the story for anyone who uses computers for school; especially those enrolled in online medical billing school. As was covered in this blog extensively, Microsoft recently ceased support for its Windows XP operating system.  Now it has been reported that they are planning to kill again.  Microsoft announced it will be ceasing support for Windows 7 in January of 2015.  If your computer runs Windows 7, you might begin to make plans to either upgrade to Windows 8 (or, the soon-to-be released Windows 9 which is what Microsoft REALLY wants). Or, if your machine is getting old, purchase a new one with the latest operating system pre-installed. Look, your computer is important to do the work involved in medical assistant training classes and nursing assistant training on campus.  If you’ve opted for online medical billing school, your computer is your classroom, your lecture hall, you whole campus really, and we take serious the duty of keeping you informed of all the tips, tricks, and news information that we can to help you keep your computers in good shape. Should you be worried about this change coming in six months?  If history is any guide, it is possible that nothing will happen in January.  Microsoft announced its plan to discontinue XP support many years ago and kept extended the support period – over and over – due to popular demand.  Chances are we’ll see at least one extension!  But don’t forget you heard it here, because sooner or later, Windows 7 will be “sun setted”.  

Medical Assistant Training Doesn’t Cover Dealing with Annoying Co-Workers

medical assistants are good coworkers, but not everyone else is

How to Deal with Annoying Co-Workers Like this Guy

First off, let me make clear, annoying co-workers can be found in every career field, not just in the medical office field.  However, if you’re just wrapping up your medical assistant training and getting ready to wade into the workforce, you should be prepared with the following information with regard to the types and varieties of annoying co-workers you’ll no doubt encounter on your path. And since I bet they don’t teach this stuff in medical assistant classes, I, your humble blog master, am here to fill in this important gap in your preparation for a new career.  You can thank me later.

The folks at the job board, Monster.com have been kind enough to chronicle the 25 species of co-workers you may encounter and, more importantly, how to keep their buffoonery from impacting on your hard work and dedication to the job.  There are a lot of numbskulls you’ll run into in the workplace – the slacker, the gossip, the suck-up, the complainer, the chatterbox, the schmoozer, the smiling backstabber, the thief, the control freak, and many others.

Also, let me make clear that for every joker you may encounter on the job as a medical assistant, you’re likely to meet 20 really awesome co-workers. This is especially true in the medical field which by nature, is full of people who truly wish to make a difference and provide comfort to the afflicted.  It’s just fun on a Monday morning to vent a bit about some of our least favorite co-workers. Enjoy!

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Medical Billing Classes Online? Or Medical Assisting Training on Campus?

subwayHere’s one criteria you may use to determine whether you’re more suited to studying medical billing classes online with the Allen School, or taking medical assisting training on one of their NYC area campuses. Two words for you: Subway & Acrobats!

If you live in the NY Metro area and you ride the subway, you’re no doubt acquainted with the amateur acrobats who sometimes come through the cars making impromptu performances of physical prowess, using the handrails and poles as gymnastic equipment.  Recently, NYPD has begun enforcing the rules prohibiting these performers from twirling, flying, and catapulting themselves around the cars, apparently endangering other riders.  This prohibition on acrobatics though, will not stem the flow of other “street talent” using the subway platforms as their stage.  From magicians to musicians, poets to rappers, and every other kind of artist, you’re still bound to be treated to a show on steel wheels while you’re bound for work or school.

So, if you applaud the crackdown on subway acrobatics and find most train-based public performance an unbearable annoyance, perhaps you’d prefer to study medical billing classes online with the Allen School and avoid the daily shows in the tube.  If you think the acrobats and all the other subway performers are an interesting part of the social fabric, then you may prefer to study medical assisting training on Allen School campuses in the NYC area, taking the “E” train to school (that’s “E” for Entertainment).

Medical Technology – From Online Medical Billing Classes to Neural Bypass

Technology has always been at the forefront of medical advancements and never more so than it is today.   Consider the recent advance in neural bypass technology wherein neurosurgeons successfully connected the brain of a paralyzed man to his muscles using an innovative medical breakthrough known as “Neurobridge” technology.

From a Live Science article which I recommend reading for its amazing content, “Neurobridge reroutes brain signals. The system combines a computer chip implanted in the brain, a brain-computer interface, and a sleeve that transmits electrical signals to the patient’s forearm and hand.”

Breakthroughs such as this – helping the paralyzed to move again of their own volition – are one of the many reasons why a career in the medical field is such a rewarding one.  And while it doesn’t approach the same level of wonder, technology is also instrumental in helping to produce class after class of medical billing and coding specialists.  Allen School‘s online medical billing classes enable busy people to complete their certification from the comfort of their own home or any other internet-connected location they may choose.

Just Earned a Medical Assistant Certificate But Have No Experience for Your Resume?

resume21Fret not.  Everyone starts somewhere no?   If you’ve decided to pursue a career as a medical assistant and you’re about to earn your medical assistant certificate, don’t be too concerned about finding that first job. “But I have never had a job as a medical assistant before and I won’t have any relevant experience to list on my resume” I hear you saying.  Just because you’re new to the field doesn’t mean you don’t have qualities, characteristics and yes, experiences that will be attractive to hiring managers.  Its just that none of these things have taken place inside a medical office.  So what do you do to fill a resume if you are a new grad and entrant into this exciting new career? The brilliant business minds at Forbes magazine have some answers to this question that, as luck would have it, has been asked by thousands of people before you.  The first answer they provide in their excellent article (which we strongly recommend you read here) is to include any and all relevant and transferable skills.  Were you the clerical person or admin for your uncle’s car dealership for a few summers?  Perhaps you helped your church group organize a trip for the choir to sing at the state capitol?  Or maybe you volunteered at your local assemblyman’s last campaign.  Any or all these types of activities can go a long way towards demonstrating your exposure to skills and functions necessary of a good medical office assistant.  List them all along with a good run down of the tasks you handled and the results you helped produce. Related side and/or academic projects are also fair game according to Forbes.  And this makes perfect sense.  The efforts you invested into in depth projects for school are a great source of experience and demonstrate your ability to complete complex tasks according to schedules and deadlines.  Create a “projects” section on your resume to share your experiences in projects – even if they’re not employment-related – that may have some bearing on the work you‘re now seeking.  Perhaps you worked with a non-profit public health policy think tank.  Or maybe you volunteered at a free clinic?  Any of these types of activities can polish a resume. 

Fast Food Provides Job Security to Certified Nursing Assistants

It has been over a year since this blog looked at gruesome fast-food offerings.  For a while between 2011 and 2014, this blogger ran regular articles half-jokingly asserting that fast-food restaurants in the US were actively working to ensure there was no shortage of demand for certified nursing assistants.  With each restaurant chain seeking to outdo the rest with ever-increasing odes to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, we gleefully reported on what seemed to be weekly additions to the deadly (if often delicious) one-upmanship. This February 2014 post from the Allen School Blog does a good job of recapping the “best of the worst” from McDonald’s McGriddle to the Heart Attack Grill’s literally deadly Triple Bypass Burger to KFC’s fried-chicken-cutlets-as-buns-on-a-bacon-sandwich Double Down.  While we were clearly having some fun with horrible food porn, it is still true that America’s obsession with fast food is among the leading causes of the ailments and afflictions we mentioned earlier.  And it is also true that the ongoing health implications of the American diet most certainly keep certified nursing assistants in high demand in the workforce. But times change and people change.  In the past several years since this blogger swore off the blogging equivalent of junk food (i.e. posts on these almost cartoonish foodstuffs), people’s attitudes toward dietary content have evolved.  And in response to changing market environments, the fast food industry seems to have embraced the changes as well.  Fast-casual places like Chipotle Mexican Grill now offer healthier fare including brown rice, more fresh veggies, even a tofu product they call “Sofrito” – an option designed to be a replacement for heavier, fattier proteins like Pork Carnitas.  (Although Chipotle is still protecting job security for certified nursing assistants thanks to ongoing outbreaks of food-borne illnesses for which they have been in the news in the past year.) Not to be left behind, granddad of all fast foods, McDonald’s has announced it is bringing the Lobster Rollback for the summer to markets in New England including New York, where the Allen School is situated.  Made with real lobster and fresh vegetables this sandwich weighs in at a mere 290 calories which is about half the calories of the Big Mac.  That’s about as close to healthy food as  McDonald’s can get.  But before you start to worry that this trend may take a bite out of job security for certified nursing assistants (take a bite, get it?) McDonald’s also announced the release of a Dr. Pepper and Softserve Vanilla Ice Cream Float!

Net Neutrality Court Decision could have Implications for Medical Billing Classes Online

neutrality has implications for online medical billing studyIf you’re not aware of the issues of net neutrality, and you’re a student of medical billing education through Allen School Online, you should take a moment to read up on it because the courts are making changes to the laws that govern the way the Internet works.  And while there may not be an immediate and present threat to your ability to study online, the potential for that to happen is being greatly increased.  Start by reading this short piece from Wired.com on yesterday’s decision by a Federal appeals court to gut Net Neutrality regulations.

For those who just want the gist of it, here it is.  Essentially, Net Neutrality meant that all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – you know them as Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and others – were legally bound to treat all web content equally.  That is, until yesterday, the ISPs could not treat any website with preference over any other.  So what?

Here’s an example. Let’s say your ISP is your local phone company or cable TV company. Let’s also say you decide to do away with your landline telephone service (or cable VoIP phone service) and instead use a web service like say Skype. Well, with Net Neutrality regulations removed, your ISP can now slow down (throttle) your connection to Skype, making it work poorly essentially forcing you back into using their service. Or let’s say to save money you decide to do away with Cable TV, “cutting the cord” and using Hulu and Netflix instead. Well, now, if your ISP is your cable company, they can throttle your connection to Hulu and Netflix so that the user experience is horrible. Then you’ll have to go back to them for TV and movies. The elimination of Net Neutrality essentially gives the telecoms all the power and eliminates your freedom of choice on the net. If you believe in a free and unfettered Internet (and if you’re an online medical billing and coding student you probably do) you should be aware of the changes taking place and make your voice heard.