How medical billing became a great career

By Bob Weinstein With the passage of new federal guidelines that require health care providers to keep their patient information on secure computer databases, the electronic medical records market has been growing rapidly. The new guidelines — added to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 2013 — have dramatically increased... [Read More ... ]

Medical billing and coding poised for growth

By Morgan Chilson The medical billing and coding job market is expected to grow explosively in the next eight years, offering opportunities and good pay for allied health professionals.   The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected job growth of 22 percent between 2012 and 2022 for medical records and health information technicians, an increase... [Read More ... ]

Five reasons to become a medical assistant

By Michael Kerr   There’s never been a better time to be a medical assistant. Health care-related fields are set to add 15.6 million new jobs between 2012 and 2022 — far more than any other sector of the economy, according to a December 2013 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A medical assistant handles the clinical and administrative... [Read More ... ]

How computer skills can translate to the medical office

By Jennifer Nelson As medical offices continue to shift toward all-electronic systems for billing, insurance claims and health records, personnel with computer skills will be highly desirable. Today’s medical offices handle administrative and management duties while the doctors and health professionals care for patients. What kind of computer skills... [Read More ... ]

Allied health professionals provide critical components to patient care

By Morgan Chilson While doctors and nurses may be the most visible members of America’s health care workforce, allied health professionals actually make up more than 60 percent of positions, filling vital roles in medical facilities, laboratories, doctors’ offices and in-home care, according to the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. What... [Read More ... ]

Affordable Care Act boosts job growth in medical records, billing

Written By: Jennifer Nelson   The Affordable Care Act is creating greater demand for medical office personnel who can handle its new requirements for billing, coding and digitizing medical records. Not only are clinics, hospitals and private physicians’ offices restructuring how they do medical billing and record keeping to meet standards... [Read More ... ]

My Life at PIT: Procrastination

Sadly, I am one who procrastinates. About a month ago I was given 3 papers that are due this week — the week of finals. So of course I waited until the last minute to do them. I actually have one due tomorrow and I think I have about 3 sentences done. Yikes! The other 2 papers are done, thank goodness. The only reason why I wait so long? I used... [Read More ... ]

Meet the ELT: It’s Annamarie Cassidy!

Today I interviewed Annamarie Cassidy, PIT’s Chief Financial Officer. Her office is located in the Business Office. First of all, we hit it off right from the start. I know 2 of her nephews that I used to hang out with while we were in high school: it’s a small world! Besides that, I really enjoyed this interview because I felt super comfortable... [Read More ... ]

My Fear of Public Speaking

Throughout my school years, I was never the type of person who enjoyed getting up in front of the class and presenting a paper or poster for a project. Even reading a paragraph in a book out loud in class was nerve wracking. I can remember when we had to do “popcorn” in class, which was when you would read as much as you wanted out loud... [Read More ... ]

Meet the ELT: Here’s Bob Hancox

As the interview adventures continue, I have managed to speak with the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Bob Hancox. I discovered some info that even surprised me. Read on and find out what I learned! Q: What High School did you go to? A: “I went to Summit High School in New Jersey.” Q: What college did you at go to and what was your major? A:... [Read More ... ]

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