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Certified coders in high demand following ICD-10 implementation

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(BPT) – Nine years ago, Peter Esswein, a resident of Sandy Springs, Georgia, enrolled in a health information technology degree program at DeVry University to capitalize on the growing prominence of electronic medical records.

“I always wanted to work in the medical industry, and the time was right for a personal career change,” Esswein says. “Completing my associate degree in health information technology gave me the confidence and skills I needed to progress on my new career path.”coders

Now, as Esswein continues his career as a coding quality assistant, health care is changing again. Following the release of a medical coding system overhaul in October 2015, expected updates in the near future are underscoring the demand for coders. International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision, or ICD-10, increased the number of medical codes by more than 50,000 – and in fiscal year 2017, about 5,500 more diagnostic and impatient procedure codes will roll out.

“The new codes are designed to enable more informative, accurate recording of the medical information required to bill correctly for reimbursement,” Esswein says. “In my role, it’s essential that I not only understand ICD-10, but that I’m staying ahead of what’s coming next to help alleviate any confusion in my workplace and mitigate mistakes in advance.”

Prepping for industry change

Many health care organizations say transitioning to the new system was their biggest challenge last year. While Esswein graduated years ago and is getting on-the-job training with the new system, many employers struggled to find qualified new technicians, since recent graduates had studied the previous classification system, ICD-9.

To get these new grads up to speed, DeVry University offered an ICD-10 course at no cost for medical billing and coding graduates who had registered by November 2015 and students in their last semester of the program. All future courses will be taught using ICD-10 as the standard.

“DeVry University programs will continue to evolve as healthcare advances and becomes more accessible in the United States,” says Kristyn Murphy-Rodvill, assistant national dean in the College of Health Sciences at DeVry University. “We know finishing a degree program during an industry transition can create obstacles for recent grads. Our ICD-10 course is designed to eliminate those barriers and prepare students with the skills and knowledge they need to be competitive in their field.”

Propelling the future of health care

Knowledgeable health information technology experts – from coders to technicians and managers – are projected to remain in high demand through 2022. Medical billing is projected to grow by 22 percent in this time period.

“With the right education, the future is bright for healthcare professionals,” says Murphy-Rodvill. “DeVry’s programs are designed to help students grow their professional expertise, and remain at the forefront in their industry.”

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Written by Tyrone Turner

May 24, 2016 at 5:45 pm

Friends, Here’s to You

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I heard a Maya Angelou quote a couple of years ago that is so very true:

“People may forget what you said or did, but they never forget how you made them feel.”

As I travel through life and have been fortunate enough to achieve some success in few of my endeavors, I am surprised by how some that I thank respond.

They were just doing what they do as they are good people, but they had NO IDEA how much their kind words, actions, or just the road map that they provided me with from just observing them, had a positive effect on me.

Remember, people are watching and listening, and though they may forget details of what was said or done, they remember how you made them feel great. I remember those who have helped me – especially over the last 18 months, and I am thankful.

In the words of my friends from the legendary R&B group, Skyy, “Here’s to You,” my true friends.

Peace and good fortune to you all.

What MAY happen when you fight back at work

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I have read a lot of self-help books on how to become successful at work and or a business venture. Those books are full of the good stuff but fail to highlight the flip side of the coin-the bad stuff. Well, I’m going to give you the real deal.

In my first professional development book, THE WHOLE 9 YARDS, I touch on how you can protect yourself by networking at company events and the corporate HQ so that others know who you actually are and not what some slanderers may have said you are. My next book, THE 52 CORPORATE CAVEATS will deal with the strategies on how to protect yourself from back-stabbers and career saboteurs who are out to get you. Some are just jealous while others will be out to get you because you will not engage in unethical (and at times illegal) activities with them. Once you are identified as a person that will not play their game, they will train their guns on you.

The practical reason why you shouldn’t engage in unethical or illegal activities at work goes beyond morals. You are most likely the low man on the proverbial totem pole and if things go wrong, guess who the fall guy will be? YOU! In my 25 plus years of working in Corporate America, I have seen this happen time and time again.

I recommend that you resist engaging in any unethical or illegal activities that your superiors ask you to perform or turn a blind eye to at work. You turning a blind eye makes you just as guilty. However, I must give you a fair warning. When you blow the whistle, oftentimes they will retaliate against you. You will be ostracized. You will be passed over for opportunities. You will be slandered. You may be forced to resign our outright fired.

I fancy myself as being like Liam Neeson in the movie TAKEN. Here is a visual of what can possibly happen when you stand up for what is right:

However, my upcoming book, THE 52 CORPORATE CAVEATS will give you strategies that I have used successfully to slay more than one dragon in Corporate America. I will release the book within the next 60 days. It will be available as an ebook (“locked” .pdf download) and probably a print version as well.

CLICK HERE to learn about a resource from the book that I recommend you jump on right away.

Remember, documentation is the queen of the chessboard and the above resource helps you checkmate any bull a bully boss may hurl your way. FYI, for those that don’t know, the queen is the most powerful piece on the chessboard.

Mission Accomplie!

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This 8-part Triple Rhyme Poem was inspired by George Lucas’s blockbuster film, Star Wars.

Read between the lines and perhaps you can relate this to a situation your life or one that you may be aware of.

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As is my custom, song titles are hyper-linked to their audio files on GrooveShark.com.

Enjoy the poem!

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“Mission Accomplie!”

© 2014 Tyrone Turner

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Gold Leader, this is Dragon Slayer, do you copy? Over.

Victory is sweet like a box of candies from Russell Stover,

And more cherished than my loyal Labrador Retriever named Rover.

I ran my sortie as commanded and I hit the bullseye.

When I saw my missiles hit the target I let out a deep sigh.

I was overtaken with joy and I began to cry.

So long has this evil empire oppressed us and killed our heroes.

We sat and watched in terror while our allies fell one by one like dominoes.

Now it is time for The Big Payback because that how Karma goes.

Burn Baby Burn like a Disco Inferno for your blood lust.

No one is going to miss your tyrannical reign so ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

Your villainy broke the covenant you had with your subjects which is a sacred trust.

Working together while feeling the fear and doing it anyway we toppled this savage beast.

They deserve the worst of everything but they will have to Ante Up now at least.

They were looking westward but our squadron swooped in on them from the east.

You let me have the honor of taking the kill shot and I am grateful.

The things this despotic regime did to me and my family was so hateful.

Revenge is a dish best served cold so I served up a plateful.

Gold Leader, we lost a lot of pilots and ships on this run but it was not for naught.

I’m proud of my brothers and sisters-in-arms because to the very last they fought.

They understood that freedom isn’t free and blood, sweat and tears is the currency in which in must be bought.

Our determination made it happen because there is no “I” in the word “We.”

Pardon my French but I blew them to f*cking bits! Use your long range scanners to see.

Oh damn. Going back to my French I’ll just say, “Mission accomplie!”

Back to Life and Hard Lessons Learned

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In the early 90’s when I was a college student, Arsenio Hall was part of my daily routine. I went to classes at St. John’s University in Jamaica (Queens, NY), went to work part-time at a prominent law firm based in Midtown Manhattan, then came home and made sure to watch The Arsenio Hall Show each night before going to sleep. His show ended rather abruptly without a clear reason as to why. Arsenio is back and after I saw the below interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, I became an even bigger fan than I was before.

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Listen to the pearls of wisdom Arsenio shares in this interview and be inspired.

I like what he said about adversity: “You learn a lot about the people around you.”

Truer words have not been spoken.

Let me know your thoughts on this video. Thanks.

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

8 Ways to Fight Back Against Horrible Bosses

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Here is my latest SlideShare presentation.

I hope that you find it helpful.

Please let me know what you think.

Thank you.

The 52 Corporate Caveats

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demotivational-poster-jhuwi4nstz-GETTING-THROWN-UNDER-THE-BUSEver been thrown under the bus at work? It is not a good feeling at all. It is usually a horrible boss, a jealous peer or some other workplace bully that is trying to cover their tracks. I’ve worked in Corporate America for more than 25 years now and I have seen a lot. The good, the bad, the ugly and the stupid.

I was inspired by one of my favorite authors, Robert Greene when I wrote this eBook. He wrote The 48 Laws of Power and The 33 Strategies of War. I was tweeting tips for corporate survival under the hash tag #loveyourenemies and after I counted them all I realized that there were 52. That was cool because as a martial artist, there is an urban combat system called “52 Blocks” and there are 52 cards in a deck of cards. If you’re looking to make an impact in Corporate America as an intrapreneur, you really need to know how to block (i.e., defend yourself) and have these cards up your sleeve.

This eBook is a free download. The information shared here is so important I didn’t want price to be a barrier from you getting a copy. Please read this eBook. If is full of proven strategies and introduces various resources that you can use to protect yourself any any corporate shenanigans that may come your way. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.

The 52 Corporate Caveats from Tyrone Turner