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Care + Career

Resources, news and fun for NHA certification candidates and alumni.

Current Issues in Medical Billing

"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". 


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New Year, New 2019 Coding Updates, New CE Series!

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.


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Patient Care Tech Career Outlook & Trends

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!


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What is the difference between an MA, CNA and CPCT/A?

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.

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2018's Top Gifts for Healthcare Professionals

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.

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Certified Success: NHA Alumni Share How Being #NHACertified Has Empowered Their Futures

Certification is more than a piece of paper. It's the beginning of a better future — one where you feel empowered to make a difference, not only in your life, but also in the lives of others.
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Shifting the perception of the Pharmacy Technician

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:

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5 Secret Ways Working on Thanksgiving is Actually Kind of the Best

Sickness doesn't take a holiday ... which means many healthcare professionals can't take one, either.

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Is a healthcare apprenticeship right for you?

How does an arrangement where you have the opportunity to get paid while also learning career-advancing skills sound to you? Too good to be true? Well it’s not.

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How to be Seen as a Thought Leader in Your Job

Does your team look to you for answers? Do patients seek and trust your expertise? Have you ever thought of yourself as an information pioneer, trailblazer or market disruptor? If you answered yes, chances are you could be seen as a thought leader on your team or within your organization.

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