Medical Billing Online Classes and Telecommuting Careers

Taking medical billing online classes is an excellent way to leverage technology in pursuit of a new career because the flexibility of online study allows one to fit retraining into an otherwise very busy life/schedule.  You can continue to work in your current field while you’re studying medical billing online classes.  You can also manage a busy home/family scene while studying medical billing online classes, making it easier to find career growth without having to disrupt your family life.  Perhaps the best thing about studying online to become a medical billing pro is that the field of medical billing and coding continues to be one of the fields where telecommuting jobs are in relatively high supply.

It should be noted that most medical billing jobs available to recent graduates of medical billing online classes don’t necessarily offer the option to work by remote on day one.  Typically, the work-from-home options for these roles are awarded to those with a decent level of experience working in this field on-site.  But if you’ve put in a few years as a biller in an office environment and you’ve proved your mettle, the work lends itself particularly well to telecommuting and many doctors and hospitals are happy to oblige for workers who’ve shown dependability, attention to detail and a good work ethic.

This is something to consider if a telecommute position is something you aspire to.  It should be of some comfort to know that overall, remote work arrangements continue to grow in popularity across many segments of the economy.  Forbes calls telecommuting the “Future of Work” in this recent article.   The New York Times also agrees.   The Society of Human Resource Managers, an organization with a bead on the pulse of workforce trends all over the world, talks about the productivity enhancing benefits of work-from-home arrangements in this article.

If this is a lifestyle that you wish to embrace, and you’re looking for a career option with a good record of supporting telecommuting positions, you should consider medical billing online classes with the Allen School.

Saving Daylight for Busy Nursing Assistant Training Students

Yes, we spun the clock back an hour over this past weekend.  That’s why you’re reading this blog post after arriving to class an hour late (oops)!  But in all seriousness, the semi-annual ritual of monkeying with the linear nature of time known as “Daylight Saving Time”  (not daylight savings) as some mistakenly refer to it seems to please some and annoy others.

Wikipedia explains, “While the times of sunrise and sunset change at roughly equal rates as the seasons change, proponents of Daylight Saving Time argue that most people prefer a greater increase in daylight hours after the typical “nine-to-five” workday Supporters have also argued that DST decreases energy consumption by reducing the need for lighting and heating, but the actual effect on overall energy use is heavily disputed.”

However, whether or not the shift results in producing more daylight during daytime hours for you depends on you routine.  If you’re working the third shift as a nursing assistant, you likely aren’t seeing much daylight regardless and the whole “Fall back-Spring Forward” action seems more like an inconvenience than anything else.  Nevertheless, for your nursing assistant training student counterparts, still studying to earn certification, the extra hour of sunlight makes it more pleasant; providing a daylight morning commute for example.

The folks over at have built this nifty interactive graphic you can use to determine whether or not Daylight Saving is something that works for you or represents a pointless exercise.  Simply visit the link here, enter in your awakening time and bed time and see how much (or little) the clock shift impacts your exposure to daylight.  However, if you’re late for nursing assistant training class because you forgot to change the clock, maybe do it later.  Get to class!

WHO Says Sausage, Ham and Processed Meats Cause Cancer

The World Health Organization evaluated results from more than 800 studies from around the globe on whether or not processed meats are implicated in causing cancer among those who eat them.  Their conclusion is that processed meats – those that are cured, salted or otherwise treated – do indeed raise the probability of contracting cancer.  This information puts sausage, ham and other processed meats in the same category as asbestos and cigarette smoking.

It would be enough to warn busy medical assistants and medical assistant trainees against grabbing a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich on their way to work or classes at the Allen School.  However, it is also information that a well-informed medical assistant can share with the patients he or she will come into contact with over the course of their careers in medicine.  The WHO also noted that red meats that are cooked over high heat like frying, grilling or other high-temp methods are also known to contain carcinogenic properties as a result of being cooked in this fashion.

Dealing with patients suffering from life-threatening diseases like colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer and others is one of the more challenging aspects of work as a medical assistant.  At the same time, sharing preventative medical advice is also part of the job.  So when large-scale studies like the one the WHO produced about processed meats come to the forefront of the news, it is a good idea for medical assistants to take note and leverage the information in the work they do with patients.

CNA Classes – Train for the Insane on the Plane

For some reason, this Monday’s news seemed to be chock full of crazy at 35,000 feet.  If one didn’t know better, one might think that there was an entirely new market to be served by the medical community including those who might be considering taking CNA classes to become a certified nursing assistant.  I am talking about the growing epidemic (today at least) of crazy, insane, maniacs attacking other people on airplanes.

You just can’t make this stuff up!  The top “train for the insane on the plane” story comes from the Associated Press which reports that a Brazilian man on an Aer Lingus flight from Ireland, went looney tunes and ran amok, biting several passengers before being restrained while the flight was diverted to the nearest airport where he died before he could be arrested.

In the second-place “train for the insane on the plane” spot comes this story today from Inside Edition of a man removed from a Southwest Airlines flight which also made an emergency diversion/landing after he began choking the woman in the seat in front of him.  Evidently, he was angered that she had reclined her seat and felt the best way to make his displeasure known was to choke the poor woman unconscious.

If these trends continue, Allen School may need to add a new course of study – CNA Classes for in-flight emergencies. Instead of learning about patient health, comfort and care, infection control and OSHA universal precautions, therapeutic diets/feeding techniques, vital signs, body systems and the rest of the course material involved in regular CNA classes, the In-Flight CNA classes will focus on how to treat maniacs who are biting, choking and otherwise inflicting woe upon their fellow travelers.  If you’ve traveled by plane recently, you probably already know that this is likely to be a growing field.

<Editor’s note: this piece is entirely satirical except for the description of the types of things one really studies in CNA classes.>


Medical Billing Online Classes from a Standing Desk

Medical science has confirmed that sitting all day is very bad for humans.  So if you’re currently taking medical billing online classes in between working at your current job (if your current job is a desk job), then you should consider a standing desk.

What’s a standing desk you ask?  Let me tell you!  Quite simply, a standing desk is a workstation that can be raised up taller so that its user may work while – as the name suggests – standing up. It may seem counter intuitive, but staying seated for long periods of time is very bad for your circulatory system and puts extra strain on your heart muscle.  Standing while working at a computer – like you might at a library computer or a kiosk in the airport – may take a little getting used to.  But the benefits of adapting can be significant for your health over the long term.

Additionally, they make some standing desks that are telescoping so that they can be set lower when you feel like sitting and higher when you wish to work from a standing position.  It may even be an investment you will make good use of over a long period of time as well.  Medical billing online classes lead to work in one of the fields commonly associated with work-from-home arrangements.  Of course, most medical billing professionals don’t start out right after graduation with telecommute positions.  But after you’ve gained experience and a solid resume in this field, there are plenty of practices that allow billers and coders to work from home.  So investing in a good standing desk may be a good idea.

Nursing Assistant Training and Drug Addiction

OK, so that title may be a little misleading.  No, this post is not about drug addiction among nursing assistant training candidates.  Typically, a person who is working to complete nursing assistant training is a motivated, focused individual with a clear plan for their financial future.  The typical drug addict does not meet the profile.

What it is about then, is providing some very important information for nursing assistants who will very likely encounter people suffering from drug addiction during the course of their careers as nursing assistants.  Substance abuse is a complex and difficult illness both to properly identify and to treat.  It simply doesn’t respond to medicines like anti-biotics for bronchitis for example.  Addiction has a million causes and a million more manifestations.  But if one is prepared to first notice the symptoms and then to take appropriate action, there is a decent chance the patient can be saved.

Since frequently an addict doesn’t admit to his/her addiction, it often falls to their family or friends to help direct their loved one into treatment.  And for these folks, knowing the signs of addiction, and then how to act upon them can make all the difference.  A well-trained nursing assistant should know about these signs and activities so they may properly advise the addict’s loved ones who may not be ready or able to cope with this enormous problem.

Here are fourteen rules you must never break when dealing with an addict.  The list and the advice are produced by Narconon; an organization whose mission is to provide an effective path for rehabilitation from drug abuse and to assist society in preventing the scourge of drugs worldwide.  If you’re presently taking nursing assistant training, you should read this piece and educate yourself on these best practices because substance abuse/addiction is an enormous heath issue in the US.

Nursing Assistant Training to Enter Fascinating Field

Taking nursing assistant training courses not only prepares one to enter a lucrative and stable career, it also prepares one to enter a truly fascinating field.  The advances in medical science have come so fast and furiously for so long over the last century, that we’ve grown somewhat inured to the actual marvel of what is being accomplished.  Cures for diseases that killed billions over the course of history were eradicated in the 20th Century.  Polio, Smallpox, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Dyptheria and many others are now a thing of the past.  Organ transplants including heart, kidney, liver and even lungs have become commonplace.  In the early part of the 21st Century, the medical industry has even delivered face transplants and hand transplants.  It is a truly amazing time to be in this field, moving at the speed of innovation.

Today it was revealed that scientists at Stanford University are claiming to have isolated a cure for one of the diseases still killing thousands every year in a slow, and gruesome manner.  I am talking about Alzheimer’s disease which robs a person of their life’s memories while their brain slowly deteriorates and ultimately ceases to function at all.  This disease is almost more difficult for the families of those afflicted who must witness their loved one devolve daily as they can no longer remember their spouses, children, grandkids and friends.

According to, “Alzheimer’s is America’s sixth leading cause of death. 36 million people have Alzheimer’s worldwide, and only 1-in-4 have been diagnosed. 1-in-9 Americans over 65 have it, and 1-in-3 Americans over 85. 2-in-3 Alzheimer’s patients are women, and the disease is twice as likely in blacks and Hispanics. The human cost is incalculable; the financial cost is pretty staggering too, at over $220 billion annually in the United States alone.”

The Telegraph reports, “Researchers discovered that nerve cells die because cells which are supposed to clear the brain of bacteria, viruses and dangerous deposits, stop working. These cells, called ‘microglia’ function well when people are young, but when they age, a single protein called EP2 stops them operating efficiently. Now scientists have shown that blocking the protein allows the microglia to function normally again so they can hoover up the dangerous sticky amyloid-beta plaques which damage nerve cells in Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers found that, in mice, blocking EP2 with a drug reversed memory loss and myriad other Alzheimer’s-like features in the animals.”

Aren’t you proud to be studying nursing assistant training so as to become a member of the elite corps of people at the front line of science and healthcare?  If you’re not studying nursing assistant training, you may want to ask yourself if it is something that could be beneficial to you as a career option.

Boosting Memory Naturally for Nursing Assistant Trainees

Nursing assistants by definition must be well-studied on a host of topics critically important to the health and well-being of the patients that they encounter on the job.  There’s a great volume of information to learn while studying for nursing assistant certification and all of it must be retained.  Keeping one’s memory sharp can be challenging.  Whether you’re still studying to earn your nursing assistant certification or you’re already employed in the field, relying on caffeine, sugary energy drinks or other stimulants to boost your memory during test times or busy work times is a mistake.  Watch the video below for a fantastic and stylish way to use natural herbs to help keep your mind sharp.  or click here for step by step instructions.

Happy Labor Day Nursing Assistants Everywhere

Happy Labor Day Nursing AssistantsThere is honor in all work no matter how high minded or menial.  It is an inherently selfless act that produces the value every worker requires to feed his or her family and to provide value to the greater community at large.  Perhaps no labor is more selfless than that of those in the medical field.  Whether you’re a nursing assistant, a medical office assistant or a medical billing and coding specialist, the fruits of your labor involve the healing of the infirm and the comfort of the afflicted.

So today as our nation celebrates the staggering contributions of workers throughout American history, we here at the Allen School Blog tip our Uncle Sam hats (yes, we’re all wearing big stars and stripes top hats today) to you for all that you do.

Happy Labor Day to all!

Summer’s Last Hurrah! Time to Study for Nursing Assistant Certification

Yes people, Labor Day is almost here and with it, the end of another summer.  At the grocer just yesterday I noted that the big pile of watermelons was quickly dwindling and I lamented that soon, there would be no more watermelon for sale (except in small quantities, shipped in from Mexico and at an insane premium).  So I bought the biggest one I could find and intend to enjoy its sweet juiciness but a few more times before the onslaught of the Fall.

With Fall fast approaching and “back to school” on everyone’s mind, now might be a good time to consider taking classes with the Allen School to earn your nursing assistant certification and enter a fantastic new career in the medical industry.  You can ponder the possibilities over a juicy piece of the last of summer’s watermelon, prepared as shown above.