FAQs about Medical Billing and Coding

Health, Medical Assisting
Learn more about the essential role these specialists play in the healthcare industry If you are looking for a new career in healthcare, one option to consider is training to become a medical billing and coding specialist. This is a profession that helps doctors, hospitals, and other practitioners to get reimbursed by insurance companies for the services they provide. It is detail-oriented work that takes place in an office setting. In order to determine whether this is something you should pursue, you may want to ask yourself: Does the healthcare industry interest me? Would I prefer working in an office, as opposed to providing care to patients directly? Do I like working on a computer? Am I good at paying attention to a lot of small details? The answers to…
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What’s the Difference between a Dental Assistant and a Dental Hygienist?

Career Planning, Health
Find out if dental assistant school is a good choice for you Are you looking at dental assistant schools? If so, you may be wondering about the difference between a dental assistant and a dental hygienist. What are their different job responsibilities? How much does a dental assistant make versus a dental hygienist? What are the facts about dental assistants and dental hygienists? What career path makes more sense for you? This article looks at the two roles and gives you an idea of the kind of career path that might work for you. To begin, what is the difference between the two jobs? The chief difference is that: dental assistants work directly for the dentist—sitting chairside and helping with procedures dental hygienists work directly with patients—providing professional teeth cleanings…
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What’s the Difference Between a Medical Assistant and a Nursing Assistant?

Career Planning, Medical Assisting
Understanding how these roles differ can help you choose a suitable career path You may have heard the term Medical Assistant, but are wondering how this is different from the role of a Nursing Assistant. Both of these entry-level positions require working closely with patients to provide care, but the specific duties can be somewhat different. Are you interested in a career in healthcare that will not require long-term, extensive training? Medical Assistants and Nursing Assistants might both be good options. To determine which might be a better fit for you, we break down some of the differences here. Read on to learn more about both of these essential roles! 1. The two positions may work in different settings Medical Assistants usually work in a physician’s office, although some have…
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What You Need to Know About Becoming a Massage Therapist

Career Planning, Health
Lots of skills go onto this vital healthcare role Massage Therapists need to have a through knowledge of anatomy and physiology. (top left) One of the life-size skeletons used in the classroom is shown with shoulder and arm muscles attached. (top right) Student anatomy and physiology project showing internal organs and bone placement. (bottom) Two Massage Therapy students provide chair massage during a Family and Friends day held at the school. Are you interested in a job where you are able to be physically active while helping others? Are you interested in human anatomy? Do you enjoy communicating with people about their needs? If you answered yes to some of these questions, you might consider a job as a Massage Therapist. This is a fun and invigorating profession, and can…
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8 FAQs about Becoming a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Career Planning, Medical Assisting
What to know about medical billing and coding training at the Harris School! Do you want to work in the healthcare field but are more technology-oriented?  A behind-the-scenes job as a medical billing and coding specialist could give you the independence and technical environment you desire in a healthcare profession. Medical billing and coding specialists, also called health claims specialists or health information technicians, fulfill a unique role in the industry by making sure that healthcare providers and businesses are paid for their services while also helping to bill patients for the correct services and amounts. A training program is the perfect way to prepare for a role in the medical billing and coding field. If you think that entering medical billing and coding school could benefit your stability and…
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Considering Becoming a Multi-Skill Health Technician?

Career Planning, Health
We answer your questions about this flexible medical career As the population ages, more and more people need health care. If you like to help people, do well in a hectic work environment, and have an interest or aptitude for medical terminology, why not consider becoming a multi-skill health technician? Multi-skill technicians, as the name implies, perform multiple tasks, giving them the flexibility to find a variety of jobs in numerous settings. What do multi-skill health technicians do? Unique in the medical field, multi-skill health technicians are equipped with a variety of skills, including: Drawing blood Performing basic lab tests Removing stitches Conducting electrocardiograms Taking vital signs Performing administrative work With so many abilities, you will find multi-skill health technicians in such jobs as: EKG technicians, phlebotomists, nurse’s aides, physician’s…
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Learn More about the Exciting Career of Surgical Technologists

Career Planning
It takes more than a surgeon to have a successful operation—surgical technologists perform many jobs to assist If you are looking for a career that offers excitement and reward, you may want to take a closer look at becoming a surgical technologist. Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians and surgical techs, assist in surgical operations and ensure surgeons can focus on operating without any obstacles in a sterile environment. Although some may find positions in outpatient care facilities, a majority of surgical techs find work in hospitals. They are responsible for many tasks before, during, and after surgery. Prior to surgery Do you have good communication skills? Often patients are nervous before having a procedure. A surgical tech will often spend time before the operation calming nerves. Patients must…
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How to Be a Good Patient Care Technician

Career Planning
This hands-on role in healthcare can make a huge difference in patients’ lives The role of a patient care technician is one that requires regular interactions with patients and other caregivers, as well as skills to perform basic hands-on tasks and deliver care to those who need it. You may find that this would suit you well, given your interests and talents. Once you have completed your classroom studies and gained real-world experience in a hospital or other healthcare facility through an externship, you’ll have the tools to jump into your first job. When you do, these hints can help you put your best professional foot forward. Here are some suggestions to help you: Set yourself up for a good start to the workday Arrive a few minutes before your…
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Smart Answers to Questions for a Medical Billing and Coding Job Interview

Career Planning
Support your job search by being prepared for some of these common questions If you’re training in the field of medical billing and coding, then you might be looking ahead to when it’s time to seek professional opportunities. Once you’ve completed your training, your job search will likely involve a number of interviews. To make the best possible impression on your interviewer, and find out whether the job is a good fit, it’s a good idea to think in advance about what you might be asked. Remember: questions are one way for the interviewer to determine your readiness and fitness for the job. Your answers don’t have to be long, but you should think beforehand about the question “behind” each question—what the person is really trying to get to know…
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How to Become a Medical Assistant at Harris School

Medical Assisting
Get trained in as little as one year! Are you looking for a new career but concerned that you don’t have the right job skills? For residents of the Delaware Valley, you can get career-focused job training at one of several campuses of the Harris School of Business. With locations near Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Trenton, Wilmington, Dover, and Atlantic City, your career training may be right around the corner! One of our popular programs is the Medical Assistant training program. In just about one year’s time, you can gain the clinical skills needed to begin this career. Find out more below with our Q and A. Q: What does a Medical Assistant do? A: Medical assistants work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and other medical facilities where they provide important…
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