There’s an interesting article in a recent Physician News Digest about the medical billing & coding challenges that are occurring as more and more physician practices are being centralized under the auspices of hospitals or larger health care organizations. When it comes to the discipline of medical billing and coding, outpatient vs inpatient have very different challenges. Plus, bigger isn’t always better. Author Michael G. Callahan explains the dilemma that centralization can create:

“A fact providers should be aware of, however, is that in many cases there is a lack of physician-oriented coding experience in the facility settings where highly skilled coders in inpatient and/or outpatient services are typically found.  The facility coders themselves are feeling the pinch, too.  They are facing new challenges by tackling the physician pro-fee cases.  Mistakes in pro-fee coding can negatively impact the practice’s bottom line as well as create potential compliance problems, especially in the tangled virtual environment of transmittals, “Change Requests” and official guidelines issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for federal claims.”

This trend is an important one for healthcare documentation professionals to note.  As healthcare reform provisions kick in, look for more medical billing & coding job opportunities to be situated in hospitals and regional healthcare organizations.

Related: AHDPGTM  Medical Billing & Coding Programs

Physician use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) is gaining critical mass. According to a survey recently conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, physician adoption rates have topped 50% for the first time in history. The accelerating rate of adoption is attributed to several factors, including peer pressure and financial incentives available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Bob Cook of offers more detail on this exciting development in his article Physician EMR use passes 50% as incentives outweigh resistance.

This is good news for employment prospects in the healthcare documentation field, which will require the services of medical transcriptionists, medical scribes, speech recognition editors, and other documentation professionals. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates a 26% increase in the need for this profession in the next several years. If your 2011 resolutions include developing a new career path, healthcare may be the way to go!

Did you know that we’ve recently expanded our curriculum to include  Medical Billing and Coding to our course offerings? We’re offering them in partnership with AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders), the nation’s largest training and credentialing association for the business side of medicine.  Courses will leverage the highly regarded AAPC curriculum and be taught by AAPC Certified Instructors.

The new course curriculum will include:

Medical Billing & Reimbursement – Career preparation for a medical billing department at a physician’s office, clinic, insurance company, or similar.

Certified Professional Coding – Physician Offices – Career preparation for medical coding for a physician’s office; recommended preparation for AAPC’s CPC® certification examination.

Certified Professional Coding – Hospital Facilities – Career preparation for medical coding for an outpatient facility setting; recommended preparation for AAPC’s CPC-H® certification examination.

Accelerated Program for Medical Billing and Coding – Program for those with significant healthcare industry knowledge and experience.

Good news! As of October 25, 2010, the Department of Defense’s popular Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA) was reinstated, which means that if you are a military spouse of an active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine service member, or activated Reserve member in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, or O1-O2, you may be eligible for up to $4,000 for certification, licensure, education or training in careers in high-growth, high-demand occupations.

And even more good news. AHDPGTM is a MyCAA approved school.

We’ve pulled together some MyCAA Frequently Asked Questions to provide more detail

Consider training in the rapidly growing field of healthcare documentation
As you weigh training options, consider a career as a medical transcriptionist or in medical billing & coding. The field of healthcare documentation offers a professional career path with many advantages. First, it is experiencing a growth surge related to healthcare reform and the move to Electronic Health Records (EHR). Another great advantage is that many healthcare documentation jobs are portable, a feature that suits the demands of military family life. It’s also a profession that offers options for both work-at-home jobs and jobs in a variety of community-based healthcare settings.

Welcome to AHDPGTM Healthcare Documentation Blog!  We are a workforce development company that specializes in education and career development in allied healthcare through healthcare documentation.   One of our program offerings, medical transcription, is an area to explore.

Medical transcription is an exciting profession in the expanding world of healthcare documentation.  If you are looking for a portable career that will allow you to work from home, you’ve come to the right place!

Wondering exactly what a Medical Transcriptionist does? We  create healthcare documentation from the dictated words of healthcare providers. We play a very important role in the healthcare delivery process, by creating the documents that tell the patient’s story.

Why Become a Medical Transcriptionist/Speech Recognition Editor?
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates a 26% increase in the need for this profession in the next several years, and there’s currently a shortage of trained and certified MT professionals to fill the demand. With the move toward Electronic Health Records, there will be even more opportunities.  And certified medical transcriptionist or speech recognition editors have the potential to earn more than $33,500 a year while working from home.