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Healthcare Innovation
By: Jeff Heenan-Jalil
healthcare is actually poised to become one of the most innovative fields because of its considerable capacity for growth and change, and young job seekers looking to make an impact in a transforming field need look no further.
Careers in Cardiac Sonography
Thanks to media attention for the American Heart Association's "Go Red" campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women, you may already know that heart disease is the top killer of American women each year. What you may not know are the factors fueling the demand for cardiac sonographers, the specially trained health professionals who use ultrasound technology to help detect and monitor heart disease. According to Ken Horton, the Chair of the Council on Cardiovascular Sonography of the American Society of Echocardiography, the cost, safety, efficiency, and portability of cardiac ultrasound in comparison to other imaging modalities are ...
Coding Versus Billing Skills
Q: I am the new office manager in my husband's practice, but I have no experience in coding. Do you know where I can take a coding class that is only 8 to 10 hours in duration?
Incentives Offered To Companies Promoting A Healthy Workplace
Starting in 2014 under the federal Affordable Care Act, there will be new regulations and incentives related to company wellness programs. Small businesses that meet certain requirements will be able to take advantage of a $200 million pool of grant funding for creation of wellness programs. The law increases the reward that employers can offer workers who live up to wellness goals, now limited to 20 percent of the cost of health coverage. And businesses with group insurance that offer incentive-based wellness programs won't be able to discriminate based on certain medical conditions. “Having any form of legislation to support ...
Training And Retaining Healthcare Staff
So you have surrounded yourself with a solid team. How do you continue to coax the best of your employees’ attributes and enrich their growth as staff members? Some fellow dermatologists weigh in. A solid staff is not forged overnight. The process involves foundational practices, significant orientation, and an environment of proper mentorship and coaching. Jody Comstock, M.D., director of Skin Spectrum in Tucson, Arizona, provides detailed training manuals, employment handbooks, and job descriptions tailored to the new hire. “They must complete a core competency list before they work on their own,” she says. These may include a variety of ...
Hospital Hiring Riding Yearlong Momentum
Halfway through 2015, hospitals are on pace to be the leader for hiring in the healthcare industry. A Forbes column illuminates the recent boom hospitals have experienced in staffing, gaining employees for nearly a year straight. The current trend isn't just a return to normal after the economic struggles brought on by the recession, either. While the recession impacted hiring at hospitals -- the industry largely plateaued through 2009 and 2010 -- the recent jumps in hiring greatly outpace the sector's steady climb from 2005 through 2008. Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), roughly 4.9 million are employed ...
Healthcare Cover Letter Do's and Don'ts
Crafting a cover letter to get yourself noticed by a healthcare employer is never an easy task. However, it's your best chance of getting your foot in the door of an employer that may or may not have thought about hiring you based on your resume. Cover letters get personal; employers want to see who you are through them. When you're conducting a healthcare job search it's important to put together one that tells the prospective employer who you are and what you've achieved in the field to date. Create a stellar cover letter by knowing the difference between what ...
Healthcare Grads Are In Demand
As the school year at U.S. colleges and universities ends, it's safe to assume most new college graduates who haven't finalized job offers yet are scrambling to land interviews and their first post-graduate jobs. Those job hunters should find the results of a new salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) encouraging. According to the survey, this year's new bachelor's degree graduates are receiving average starting salaries 5.3% higher than those received by last year's grads. According to NACE Executive Director Marilyn Mackes, "The sizeable gains in several disciplines --- particularly in health sciences and business ...
The Outlook For Healthcare Providers In 2015
2014 was a good year for health insurers. Profits were up. Enrollment was up 16 million thanks to the healthcare marketplaces and Medicaid expansion in states that outsource to private MCOs to run their programs. Medicare Advantage plans remained popular among seniors and profitable for sponsors, and the number of plan options on health exchanges increased 25% from their first year. As we enter 2015, prospects for continued enrollment gains and solid financial performance are good. There were no major glitches in in November, red states such as Tennessee announced plans to expand their Medicaid programs using vouchers enrollees ...
The Future Is Electronic Prescribing
Medical office automation continues to move at incredible speed. It is no longer just about making the change from paper to electronic technology systems, but also keeping up with the latest benefits that automation has to offer. One good strategy for forward-thinking physicians who are looking for ways to enhance their own efficiency is to introduce electronic prescribing into their daily practice. Doing so has become an important component in helping providers automate their offices in ways that contribute to better and safer patient care, while allowing them to spend more time with patients. READ MORE AT MODERN MEDICINE