We continue to be un-surprised by report after report confirming what Allen School Online students already know – that jobs serving the healthcare fields are never in short supply. This is probably one of the main determinants that factored into your decision to pursue an Allen School Online diploma. True to form, the latest report, courtesy of Time.com confirms that indeed, healthcare industry jobs top the list of safest, most recession-proof jobs.
Sooner or later, most people will have to apply for a job online. The number of employers who utilize the online application method to find the best people continues to grow. Some people feel that the online application process limits their ability to showcase particular skills and stand apart from the competition. It really does not have to be that way. Here are some suggestions on how to use the electronic application process in an effective manner. Continue reading…
Today, let’s examine the career environment in the Monmouth and Ocean Counties of New Jersey. These two coastal counties just south of New York City are home to many of the famed New Jersey Shore communities. Offering summertime visitors and residents alike sun, surf and proximity to the cultural and economic powerhouse that is New York City, Monmouth and Ocean Counties also rank very high in terms of their career potentials for those seeking employment in healthcare related industries. Monmouth-Ocean is among the top 25 “medium sized” cities for jobs and business in the US and ranks 57th out of the top 100 largest metropolitan areas. The Department of Human Services has significant resources in this area and provides services in a number of relevant areas such as aging, mental health, addictions and others. No less than 3 of the top 10 source industries in Monmouth-Ocean are in healthcare related fields. And there are plenty of large organizations to support solid job growth in this field including:
- Southern Ocean County Hospital
- St. Barnabas Healthcare System
- CentraState Healthcare System
- Monmouth Medical Center
- Bayshore Community Health Center
Sweeping 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…
OK, so it’s Monday again. I thought readers might enjoy a little levity. Many of you students will go on to work in doctors’ offices all over the country. A doctor’s office, like any other office, has its share of politics, fun customers, mean customers, gossip, laughter and tears. Here’s to the laughter! Check out this great compendium of “Funny Stories from the Doctor’s Office” for some insight into the kinds of stories you’ll one day be able to recount to newbies entering the field.
Every recent report on the economy tells the same story with regard to the employment outlook. For many industries, the outlook remains bleak. Yet, throughout the devastating recession we still endure, the Medical industry continues to show solid, unwavering growth. The imminent retirement of the Baby Boomer generation pretty much guarantees that those in the medical field will continue to be in high demand. This is a likely reason why you’ve decided to pursue a career in medical billing and coding at the Allen School Online. But do you ever allow yourself to dream a little bigger? The basis of understanding you’ll gain through your training here and subsequent immersion into the offices of doctors, surgeons and hospitals could act as a springboard for an even more intensive career in medicine. Now, it’s not for everyone to aspire to rise up through the ranks from billing specialist to nurse, to nurse practitioner to eventually a medical doctor. Nonetheless, it is not outside the realm of possibility. It is likely that some of our Allen School Online grads will feel compelled to use their training as a springboard into full on medical careers. I know many of you are probably thinking, “well, that couldn’t be me” and “my grades were never strong enough to get into med school”. To you I say, consider Naomi’s story. Naomi (that’s her in the pic above) is currently enrolled in med school and studying to become a doctor. But, she didn’t start out with that as her career plan in high school or even in college. Yet, at her blog, www.get-into-medicalschool.com she shares her story and tips on how through hard work, perseverance and unshakable belief in yourself, you too could achieve what may seem like an impossible dream. Even as most of you may not be driven to become doctors, I still recommend checking out her blog and gaining some inspiration from her story and her drive to succeed. It almost certainly mirrors your own! And for those of you who may be interested to learn what’s involved in taking this bold step in the future, Naomi’s “how to take the MCAT” page is chock full of great info.
Love studying medical billing and coding from home? Then you’d probably love earning a high salary WORKING in medical billing and coding from home. “Is that really an option” you may ask? Well, Forbes magazine seems certain that it is. In a recent article on the best paying work at home jobs, Forbes characterizes the field known as “telehealth” as among the highest paying, work from home career options. Take it from this blogger who works from home in several of the other fields listed in the Forbes article (PR specialists and writers), earning a good wage while working from the comfort of home is where it’s at! All the more reason to study hard online to earn your medical billing and coding certificate.
Raw Story has an article out today recounting the story of how an AIDS enzyme which had puzzled scientists for decades has been unraveled by computer gamers. Trying to figure out the structure of certain proteins in the molecular makeup of pathogens is a difficult task. Scientists cannot determine which pieces of the enzyme may be vulnerable to medical compounds until they understand the three dimensional shape of the enzyme itself. Computers analyzing the two dimensional images of the proteins as viewed through a microscope were not up to the task. But a group of video game mavens, using a specialized software tool, applied their well-honed (and likely Cheetos stained) gaming abilities to unlock the shape of the enzyme in the AIDS virus. Click here to read the details of this stunning story.
This blog frequently covers MRSA and other drug resistant pathogens that have been increasingly threatening populations globally. Today, we learned of the rise of a drug resistant strain of Salmonella as the news of the recall of millions of pounds of ground turkey made the rounds in the media. We have pointed to this cause before and I think it is safe to assume again that the level of antibiotics used by agri-business to mask the effects of negligent animal husbandry practices likely contributes to the evolution of these “super germs”.
Once you have earned a certification in medical billing and coding, you have the ability to find a good job in many different parts of the country. Some markets pay more than others. Some markets have a high cost of living while others do not. Knowing what you can expect to earn in this field (in any given zip code) can really help you decide where you want to go to ply your new trade. To determine how much you could earn in any town in the USA, I recommend the salary wizard at www.salary.com where you enter in your job title and zip code where you’d like to work to find out what the earning potential is there.