In the allied health professions there is a continuous trend of professionals stacking, or obtaining more than one credentials. Medical assistants getting their Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) credential and stack it with a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) credential. Medical administrators, get both credentials as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA). But, what is the value of stacking credentials for allied health professionals?
Expert sources report our country is experiencing a mental illness epidemic. As an allied health professional, what can you do to positively impact the mental health crisis? In this series, you will take a close-up look at depression, bipolar disorder and suicide prevention. Being educated about the cause and management of mental illnesses will help you to serve as an advocate for prevention services, early identification, integrated services, and ongoing care.
NHA looks forward to February every year because we get to celebrate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month™. We’re so excited to learn what high school students are doing to get their careers started on the right path by pursuing a CTE program. Our enthusiasm this year was no different!
"The medical billing and coding profession is dependent on detailed knowledge of complex billing, coding, and reimbursement information. Success requires both critical thinking skills and ongoing education to keep up with the latest industry requirements. Medical billing and coding professionals need to be savvy about payer specific requirements, billing challenges, changing legislation, and be able to understand the different reimbursement methods”. All of these topics are discussed in the latest NHA CE article, “Current Issues in Medical Billing".
You know how the saying goes: New year, new coding updates!
Maybe that's not the first thing you thought of when you rang in 2019, but now that the holidays have ended it's time to get back into career mode and inform yourself about the coding changes so you'll be ready when they go into effect.
At NHA, we strive to bring you the latest information you need to succeed in your healthcare career. We know that in healthcare, changes are happening fast, which is why NHA requires CE credits to maintain certification. We work with some of the industry's top experts to author CE content and provide you access to the information you need to know now. For our latest CE series, Michelle Green, MPS, RHIA, FAHIMA, CPC SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, shares what you need to know about 2019 Coding Updates.
We are passionate about keeping our materials and certifications relevant and meaningful to help empower allied health professionals reach their career goals. Before we made the recent updates to NHA's Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) exam, we spoke to employers and current patient care technicians, and would like to share some of the information and insights we discovered. Knowledge is power, and we hope this information will help you — whether you're currently working in healthcare or aspire to one day!
If you're wanting to start a healthcare career, it can be a challenge to figure out which path is right for you. If you've considered becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA), patient care technician (CPCT/A) or a medical assistant (CCMA), a common misconception is that they are all the same thing.
They are not.
In fact, they are quite different. Everything from the training to the job tasks varies. In this post, we'll break down those differences to help you decide which choice is right for you.
The holidays are here and it's time to show that special healthcare professional in your life how much you appreciate them. But what do you give to someone who gives so much to others every day on the job? We've compiled a list of a few of our favorite ideas we're sure any healthcare provider on your list would love.
Authored by Denise Propes, CPhT, Pharmacy Technician Coordinator at University of Michigan Medical Center and NHA Pharmacy Technician Advisory Board Member
Based on the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in the pharmacy technician field is expected to be above the national average for all careers over the next 10 years. There are a couple of well-known causes for this growth: