Chinese Medicine Doctors - Education and Credentials
What can we do to create more high-quality vocational education in Massachusetts?
In a previous article, I wrote that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education should establish a new grant program to look at innovative ways for vocational districts and non-vocational districts to work together to create additional capacity. Further, I suggested that the state needs to reassign staff to quickly review applications for new Chapter 74 programs.
Those are relatively short-term solutions. What else can we do?
Here are three additional ideas:
o Speed up Large Building Projects. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) needs to lead in this area. It needs to advance discussions with the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA), the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), legislative leaders, and other stakeholders to develop a strategy to increase the ease by which building expansions are approved at regional vocational technical high schools which need to increase seating capacity to meet student demand. As veteran vocational leaders have repeatedly pointed out, the vast majority of regional vocational schools in Massachusetts are 40 years old. They need repair. In some cases, they need replacement. Because some of these districts have up to 19 member communities, up to 19 individual approvals are required to get a project started. With some communities facing significant fiscal stress already, it is very difficult to argue for even more funding. The state needs to put on its thinking cap and solve this problem.
o Create Stand-Alone Buildings. The state needs to convene talks with the MSBA about funding stand-alone buildings on the campuses of regional vocational technical schools which need to expeditiously increase seating capacity to meet student demand. To do this, the Legislature will likely need to empower the MSBA to dramatically increase the percentage of funding it provides on such projects.
o Create Additional Financial Incentives. As previously stated, the state needs to work to create financial incentives to support vocational school expansion. In addition, it needs to consider giving a financial incentive to regional vocational school districts that add members and to regional vocational school districts that realign their membership to make them more contiguous geographically.
These three ideas are far more complicated than creating a new grant program or hiring a new staff member. They surely won't be easy. And they won't solve the problem overnight.
But if we are serious about solving the problem - not just acknowledging it - we need to start somewhere.
Uses of Video conferencing
Video conferencing can be used in a host of different environments, which is one of the reasons the technology is so popular. General uses for video conferencing include business meetings, educational training or instruction and collaboration among health officials or other representatives. Thus far video conferencing has been used in the following fields:
- Emergency Response
Advantages and Benefits of Video conferencing
Perhaps the biggest advantage or benefit video conferencing has to offer is the ability to meet with people in remote locations without incurring travel expenses or other expenses associated with face to face communication. Business meetings, educational meetings, healthcare conferences and more can all be easily conducted thanks to video conferencing technology. Individuals living in remote areas can also use video conferencing to keep in touch if you will, with the world at large.
More people are easily accessed and contacted using video conferencing. Because of this technology information and knowledge are often disseminated at more rapid rates, and collaboration between people occurs more willingly and freely. Students can take advantage of video conferencing to take classes at distant locations that would normally be unavailable. They can also take classes that will accommodate busy schedules.
Video conferencing can stimulate better brainstorming, knowledge sharing and information gathering. Businesses can use video conferencing to provide presentations to key members of an organization or to solicit new clients in a professional manner, regardless of their location. The possibilities for communication are virtually endless thanks to video conferencing technologies.
Trained administrators handle the day-to-day activities inside a medical office. Professionals answer phones, manage insurance claims, and maintain patient records. To obtain formal education students should research the available medical office administration educational opportunities offered by vocational colleges.
The basic practices that are used to organize health care settings are best learned at the certificate and associate's degree level. Students that complete either educational training program in medical office administration will obtain the basic skills needed to apply for entry-level careers. The main objective in training is to teach students the clinical and clerical duties that correspond to keeping a medical office running at its best. Most programs provide students with an overview of the field so they can properly manage all aspects. The usable skills that students obtain while training include:
- Filling out insurance forms
- Maintaining schedule books
- Carrying out billing tasks
Students can also expect to arrange hospital admission services and handle office correspondences. Programs establish these skills by having students work through courses that include medical terminology, computerized patient billing, business accounting, and more. Students also have several concentrated program areas they can choose from to complete training in. Program opportunities are also available in medical coding, billing, and transcription. In these programs students learn to work exclusively with one area of medical office administration, which may be the best option for some students.
Medical billing programs are dedicated to preparing students to manage invoices and oversee the collection of insurance payments. Professionals work with patient records to establish the fees that need to be claimed for insurance purposes. Coursework at the associates level covers how to deal with delinquent accounts, collection agencies, and patient or insurance complaints. Formal educational training programs explore topics that relate to spreadsheet applications, data entry practices, computer keyboarding skills, and reimbursement management procedures.
Inside training to become a medical coder students learn the correct procedures to code healthcare claims. Essentially, learning focuses on teaching students to proficiently use classification software to assign specific codes that represent medical diagnosis for insurance billing purposes. Coursework establishes the skills needed to meet all legal and insurance company guidelines. This often includes making sure everything is correct and all signatures are gathered so claim submission can take place. Medical coding, ICD-9-CM coding, medical law, procedural terminology, and more are all course subjects that prepare students for careers. Coding is learned for all human anatomy areas, which includes ocular, digestive, and integumentary systems.
Generating correct reports based on doctors notes makes up the professional work of medical transcriptionists. Training teaches students to use proper medical terminology and grammar along with a high level of keyboarding proficiency. Students study human biology, computer transcription, surgical procedure, and medical law. Training prepares them to create health care reports, documents, and patient histories.
Students that decide medical office administration degree programs are for them have several educational opportunities available. Start learning to become a needed medical office professional by choosing an accredited college to enroll in and a program to complete. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( http://www.caahep.org/ ) as well as other agencies can fully accredited programs that offer the best quality training.
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