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Make a Smooth Transition from Office to Home -Avontix

In the everyday hustle and bustle, most of us travel long distances from our place of residence to the place of work. How many times we might have thought about people who work from the comforts of home and enjoy their work. We all, at some point of time or the other, wish for that kind of comfort and coziness in our work life. When we ponder over the thought and think of jobs that give us such a chance and at the same time a security of the salary, we can zero in on healthcare documentation jobs and medical coding jobs. 
Healthcare documentation is the process of listening to a physician’s recorded audio file and transcribing it into a prescribed digital format. Medical coding is the process of transforming various details regarding the healthcare diagnoses, treatments, medications and procedures performed on a patient into universally accepted medical alphanumeric codes. Though it is true that these jobs can be done from home, you can’t start straight away working from home. For th…

Pointers for Accurate Healthcare Documentation -Avontix

One of the exciting and trending career options available for graduates is healthcare documentation that is also known as medical transcription. There is no dearth of opportunities in medical transcription jobs in Hyderabad as there are a good number of medical transcription companies here. Avontix is a good option for those who want to take up healthcare documentation in Hyderabad. For all those who want to excel in healthcare documentation here given are few tips.
Good typing skills help: One of the key requirements for medical transcription jobs is typing error-free with a good speed. Apart from regular typing skills, it is necessary that you learn and master the keyboard shortcuts and minimize the use of the mouse to accelerate your typing speed. It has to be remembered that typing fast with minimum errors is the key to success in this job. Hence, practicing typing without errors and without the need of deleting and re-typing is important.
Excel with listening: One of the pre-requi…

Why Do You Need to Set a Goal? -Avontix

Even if you are an occasional reader, you might have come across the topic of goal setting more than once. Most of the articles that talk about success and ways to succeed include goal setting and how to reach those goals. In other words, success is reaching the goals that have been set, either by you or someone else. But, have you ever wondered why should we have a goal in the first place? What is the importance of goal setting? Goals play a very important role in the success you achieve. Here are the reasons why it is important to set goals and how goals lead us towards success.
Clarity:  Goals provide you clarity in thought. They help you understand what you really want. Working aimlessly doesn’t give you any success. If you don’t have a proper goal or aim, you will not have any direction and go as the wind takes you. By setting goals, you get clarity on which direction to go and how to go. This helps you to focus on a work that leads you to your target.Belief: Goals help in believ…

Perfect EHR Solutions can Help Improve Practice Revenues -Avontix

Healthcare is a costly affair and most of the healthcare provided in the US is based on a patient’s insurance coverage, whether it is from insurance players or through Medicare or Medicaid. So, healthcare providers have to take due care and be cautious while registering patients and providing healthcare. Technology comes handy to the facilities in the way of EHR solutions and related software that help in medical eligibility verification in real-time. 
Most of the times, it is observed that medical facilities rely on their administrative and front office staff for insurance verification and medical billing procedures that affect their revenue cycle management. But, these staff is not given the required latest tools to process the information provided by the patients that make their job complicated and results in revenue losses and customer dissatisfaction. 
To avoid this kind of loss, the best way is to start the medical billing process right at the time a patient starts contacting t…

Attributes That Define a Competent Coder -Avontix

With the modernization and abundant use of technology in the medical industry, all kinds of healthcare facilities have switched to the electronic mode of documentation that has facilitated in better maintenance of the patient records. This has also helped in improving the coding levels and thus improved the revenue cycle management. This kind of use of technology in maintaining health records has led to an increase in the demand for professional medical transcriptionists, medical coders and billers. 
Medical coding is one of those professions that are seeing a fast growth rate and at the same time play a significant role in the growth of the industry. Medical coding plays a crucial role in the healthcare industry as medical billers use the codes given by medical coders and raise claims for the services provided based on which the insurance companies give the payment to the healthcare providers. These payments become critical for every healthcare facility which make or break their rev…

Some Common Myths about Healthcare Documentation -Avontix

Medical transcription or healthcare documentation is an interesting and challenging career option for people who are inclined towards the human medicine industry. Like any other thing in this world, healthcare documentation also has its share of myths. Let’s see here some myths related to medical transcription jobs that could be a hindrance to your career growth.
Myth 1: Just need good typing skills.
Many leaflets or advertisements tell that if you have good typing skills, you have a high chance of succeeding in medical transcription jobs. However, this is not entirely true. Having fast typing skills is definitely an asset but, just typing with great speed does not suffice. What makes a good medical transcriptionist is an inquisitive attitude to learn about the human anatomy and the medical terms. At the same time, one should have great command of the English language as well.  One should have the capabilities to tackle pressure and work with motivation for long periods of time if nec…

Super Cool Tips to Wake Up Early -Avontix

Hi friends! In the previous week’s article, we have seen that waking up early is very beneficial and is one of the habits followed by many successful people. So, have you also decided to join the group of early birds? If you want to say yes, but wondering about how to do that, then, this is for you. Here are some fabulous tips that can add some hope and confidence to your wish of waking up early.  The first thing to be done before setting an alarm is to tune your mind that you want to reap the benefits of waking up early. Without a strong desire, all efforts will go futile because you will try to find excuses for not being able to wake up earlier than you are used to. Unless you have a strong determination, you tend to postpone the deeds that can fulfill your wish. So, first don’t let your wish remain a wish. Make it a ‘desire’.Work backward. Unless and until you are a superhuman and can work with minimal sleep, you can’t wake up early if you have a habit of sleeping very late in the …

Software Needs of Healthcare Facilities -Avontix

With everything being done digitally these days, even the healthcare industry needs a lot of software tools to get its work done. Moreover, the allied fields of healthcare industry like healthcare documentation, medical coding, electronic health records and medical billing for the revenue cycle management depend a lot on the information technology. We have a number of medical software available in the market for various needs of the healthcare industry and depending on a healthcare facility’s practice it has to choose the software that delivers what it needs.
Selecting software for the facility’s needs is a tough job considering the budget constraints and the limited staff with considerable IT knowledge. But, given here are some basic software needs of every facility.
In the first stage of a healthcare facility when it has just started its operations, it has to concentrate on its daily functions. Here, the focus should be on patient scheduling, healthcare documentation, electronic he…

Do EHRs Help Healthcare Industry? -Avontix

Healthcare industry is such an industry where even a small error can prove to be fatal for someone. In such an industry a lot of care has to be taken in maintaining the records of patients for their immediate use as well as later use which can be helpful in studying the health trends in the country. That’s the reason the electronic health records have assumed such an importance in today’s world.
Electronic health records are digitalized form of a patient’s records that can be accessed by healthcare providers and patients in real time. The EHR solutions facilitate maintaining patient-centered records that have all the details pertaining to a patient’s health history. The best advantage of maintaining patient records through EHR solutions is that the collated data of a patient can be shared with a healthcare provider, laboratory and pharmacies in case of need in a short notice at the click of a mouse. All the information related to a patient’s medical history is available at fingertips…

Best Revenue Cycle Management Practices -Avontix

Collecting payments from patients who have taken the services of a hospital or a healthcare facility is a very tough job that creates bottlenecks in the revenue cycle management of the facility. To avoid any kind of dues from patients and have a smooth functioning of the facility requires some best practices in the revenue cycle management which require consistent and continuing measures adopted by the facility. For this, some common mistakes that take place have to be identified and rectified. It can be noticed that usually, a common billing mistake is related to a certain payer’s rules and regulations or the government rules and regulations. Some other common mistakes revolve around not obtaining proper authorizations and coding errors. 
After identifying the common mistakes, it is equally important to identify the solutions to these mistakes and try to minimize them. For this, it is important that a healthcare facility hires an efficient revenue cycle management services provider.…

Accuracy in Healthcare Documentation Helps -Avontix

With the number of patients increasing for each physician it is getting difficult for the physicians to handle all the required documentation also. Here, the services of a third party healthcare documentation services provider become very relevant and inevitable. To provide the best quality services, doctors and healthcare facilities have to take appropriate measures to secure and maintain the documentation of the cases they have handled accurately. A transcription report is an important part of healthcare documentation that is useful to the physicians in multiple ways. For e.g. with the help of these reports an appropriate treatment plan and course of medication can be prepared quickly as the patient situation can be assessed fast. Also, these reports help the support staff to administer the right medicines at the right times. Other than the physicians and nursing staff, the medical coders and billers also use these reports to code all the procedures in the internationally accepted …

Early birds win! -Avontix

Most of the successful people in different walks of life are early birds. Studies show that waking up early in the morning has its own benefits and brings with it success along in the long run. So, how does waking up early bring success? Why is it important to wake up early? Let us find some interesting answers for these queries.
Many people who are successful in their fields find that waking up early before sunrise gives them abundance of time. This is a great motivation to wake up early as lack of time is what common people complain about most of the times. We all can connect to this thought of not having enough time to do a certain work. We all come across situations where we get stressed because we are running out of time to complete tasks. However, early birds never complain this because they start their day on a wonderful note early in the morning when they can do their important tasks without any distractions as the rest of the world is fast asleep. 


By resisting the urge to s…

Can Healthcare Documentation Help Sports Medicine? -Avontix

Sportspersons need medical care and attention that is a little different from the rest of the people. This is because they need to get well soon and jump into action again as soon as possible. If you sustain an injury during an exercise regimen or while participating in a sports activity then it is more probable that you are referred to a sports medicine specialist. Sports medicine includes sports injury prevention, treatment, exercises that help improve health, drugs that can be used while participating in sports, recommendations for training, nutrition etc. Sports medicine is practiced by sports medicine specialists or doctors that are usually orthopedic surgeons or primary care physicians who are specifically trained to address problems associated with sports nutrition and psychology. They are also adept at informing how illness and injuries related to sporting activities can be prevented.
Sports involve a lot of activities and with the kind of stressful and straining practice ses…

Pointers for a Good Revenue Cycle Management -Avontix

With time, old things fade out making space for new things that gain importance. But there will always some old things that retain significance. Let’s see some such pointers that are classic and still hold great value in today’s times for a good revenue cycle management i healthcare facilities.
By engaging the clinical staff at the time of pre-authorization process, the risk of working again and again for the exact of information for authorization that has been missed or recorded inaccurately reduces considerably.One of the best ways to ensure that your organization’s collections are good is constantly measuring your performance against that of the competitors to identify areas of improvement.It is to be noted that quality care can be provided only if the facility’s revenues are good which is only possible with accurate documentation.Expert RCM service providers opine that facilities have to keep a track of the deposits and check which customer’s cash belongs where that helps in ident…

Practice! A Success Tip -Avontix

It can be seen from the lives of famous and successful people that they succeed not just because of their natural talent but with practice and patience. Many people usually think that people who succeed have a different DNA in them and that is the reason they excel in whatever they do. But, this is a wrong notion and you ought to get rid of this thinking if you want to succeed in whatever you do. A number of studies have been conducted and it has been identified that successful people in all walks of life are no different from others in terms of learning capabilities. The only significant differentiation is that successful people practice more than the ordinary.
What we have to understand is that our thinking is pulling us back and if we want to succeed or become great at something, then the only path to that goal is that we have to work very hard that too, very consistently. This is what practice is all about.  There is no substitute for hard work and even the most gifted persons in…

Way Forward for Ambulatory Surgery Centers -Avontix

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) have become a dynamic link in the healthcare industry. These centers provide outpatient services that are medical procedures or surgeries that do not need the patient to stay overnight in a hospital. These centers are a big hit with people because in these days of hustling activities we do not want to stay away from work for more time and like to return home as soon as possible. Like all other healthcare facilities, ASCs also need to maintain electronic health records for which they need EHR solutions. Let’s see here few reasons that have increased the popularity of ASCs.
Increased efficiency: Ambulatory surgery centers usually specialize in few procedures that help in increased skill base and expertise in the services offered. Also, surgeons have more control over their surgical environment in ASCs which also improves the efficiency of the services offered.As hospitalization is not required infection rates get diminished.The patient care provided at …

Is the Patient New or Old? -Avontix

For the people in medical coding jobs, it is very critical to distinguish between an established patient and a new patient to code accurately. To do appropriate Evaluation and Management (E/M) coding and adhere to the coding compliance for timely reimbursements, it is necessary to understand the difference between a new patient and an established patient.


Established Patient: According to the CPT guidelines, a person who has received a professional service from a physician or healthcare professional of the exact same specialty and who belongs to the same group practice, within the past three years is an established patient. For the new entrants into medical coding, it is difficult and confusing to distinguish between an established and new patient, but it is very important to learn this. To understand this better, one has to know what a professional service is. For the purposes of E/M code selection, the CPT recognizes a service as professional service if they are rendered face-to-fac…

Ways to Reduce Coding Errors -Avontix

One of the most difficult parts of revenue cycle management is the claims denial and it is an observation that CPT codes are the most common reason for denials. With thousands of ICD-10 codes, it has become troublesome for coders to remember all the codes accurately which results in few errors that ultimately may lead to claim denials. Claims denials reduce the income of the healthcare facility which warns for the reduction of errors by people in medical coding jobs. Given here is a list of strategies that can be followed to avoid common coding errors.
Use the latest codes: The CPT codes are updated annually by the American Medical Association with numerous changes and revisions in code along with modifications in coding guidelines. There are changes happening in the HCPCS codes and CMS coding guidelines also regularly. One who wants to reach the heights in medical coding jobs has to update himself/herself with all the changes and modifications in all aspects and do coding with the la…

Helpful Tips to Excel as a Medical Coder -Avontix

Medical coding is a profession in the healthcare industry that demands high attention levels of the people in medical coding jobs to perform with the highest level of accuracy. The medical coders are responsible to assign appropriate codes to the procedures performed by physicians which are helpful in medical billing process to submit insurance claims so that timely payments are received by the healthcare providers.
If you are interested in medical coding and new are new to the field, you may find it very difficult to understand the coding procedures and various codes and modifiers that are used to record the different medical processes performed on a patient. The people in medical coding jobs have to familiarize themselves with different coding systems used like the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes, International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) codes and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes. Though you will learn the coding methods in your job, he…