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Ways to Reduce Healthcare Documentation Errors -Avontix

Jobs that involve coordination among different parties are prone to errors in the work performed. Healthcare documentation jobs are part of such jobs where there are different people involved - the physicians and medical transcriptionists or healthcare documentation specialists at various levels. Irrespective of the caution exercised; there will be some percentage of errors that impact of quality of healthcare provided. Hence, both physicians and transcriptionists should put some extra efforts to reduce healthcare documentation errors. 
Healthcare documentation errors may be either from physician side or transcriptionist side. Poor quality of voice recording, lack of clarity in voice, heavy accented dictation of physician, and background disturbances are some of the reasons errors may occur from the physician’s side. Transcriptionist side errors may be a result of poor quality typing, a transcriptionist who is not perfectly trained, or proofreading and editing not done by a senior tra…

Few Quick Online Resources to Understand Medical Terminology -Avontix

These days professions related to the health information technology like healthcare documentation, medical coding, and medical billing are much sought after by graduates. These are the fields in the healthcare industry that don’t require studying medicine but give an opportunity to work in the industry. Healthcare documentation or medical transcription deals with documenting the voice records of physicians that provide the details pertaining to the services provided to a patient. Medical coding professionals infer data from these documents and other sources and assign codes to all the patient ailments and services provided. Thereafter, the people in medical billing jobs raise the bills for the services provided based on these codes and present them to the insurance providers or patients depending on their insurance coverage. 
One thing very clear from the description of these professionals’ jobs is that all these people need to understand medical terminology pretty well to be able to…

Why Life Science Graduates have an Edge over Others in Coding? -Avontix

The healthcare industry is a booming industry and there are numerous opportunities in various fields like healthcare documentation, medical coding and billing, and other health information technology- related jobs. Healthcare industry mainly deals with healthcare providers like hospitals, physicians, ambulatory care providers, diagnostic service providers directly and with insurance providers in an indirect way. 
Healthcare is very closely related to life science which is about biology and allied subjects that involve the study of living organisms and the surrounding environments. The healthcare industry is related to the illnesses and diseases affecting humans and the medicines or equipment that is required to diminish the ailments and increase the quality of life.  Hence, there is a great proximity in the relation of life science graduates and health information technology jobs especially fields like healthcare documentation jobs and medical coding jobs
Candidates with life scien…

Steps to Appeal for Denied Claims -Avontix

To ensure that the procedures and tests performed on a patient are coded accurately and billed appropriately is the basic method to avoid and eliminate any claim denials. Irrespective of the precautions taken and measures adopted, there would still be some errors that result in denials. An effective revenue cycle management requires taking effective measures so as to minimize denials and appeal the denials in time, so that they are reversed to bring in revenue to the facility.

Following the below steps will help in better revenue cycle management with regard to denials.

Analyze claims contract: Every insurance provider follows its own procedures and norms. Hence, it is the topmost priority to review and analyze the claims contract so as to check if you are following the correct procedures and adhering to their guidelines. Prepare a strong appeal letter: A significant task in revenue cycle management process is preparing an appeal letter that is strong and convincing to repeal the deni…

Say Goodbye To Screen Time and Strain on Eyes -Avontix

The way technology has engulfed our lives has made it irresistible and very difficult for us to stay away from any sort of screen, whether it is our computer, smartphone, tab or television. However, to reduce strain on our eyes and brain, we ought to reduce our screen time. Though we cannot cut off screen time in totality as most of our work is done using computers and various other screens, we can definitely minimize the time we stare at the screens unproductively. Following these simple rules, we can considerably reduce our screen time and give our eyes some rest.
Have quality family time: Most of us tend to catch up with the news or other social media updates while having our meals. Ensure you keep your smartphones away from you and turn off the television sets before you start your meals, whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner. This way you will also get some quality time to spend with your family and strengthen your bond. Demarcate office and personal time: Once your working ho…

Significance of Flexibility and Analytical Skills in Medical Coding -Avontix

The human body consists of many parts that are very complex by nature. Only when something goes wrong with our body, we understand its complexity and start caring about it. Else, we take it for granted which obviously leads to some sort of illness or disease. Some common illnesses and diseases can be treated with ease; however, there will be some severe illnesses or diseases that need good treatment and procedures to be performed for the best results. Such complex inpatient cases require certain new treatment procedures and experiments in surgeries. These complex encounters are not only challenging for the physicians and other healthcare support staff, but also for the people in medical coding jobs and medical billing jobs. 
The rare cases and their treatments that are usually seen in medical colleges or institutions of repute create challenges for the medical coders in assigning the appropriate codes and in this process, their productivity also gets hampered. While dealing with such…

Importance of Medical Terminology in Medical Coding and Billing -Avontix

With the outsourcing industry booming there are a whole lot of opportunities in the health information technology industry. Medical coding is the process of giving internationally accepted alphanumeric codes to the healthcare procedures performed while the medical billing process facilitates smooth functioning of the practice by preparing and submitting insurance claims that bring the revenues to the facility for the services provided to the patients. Healthcare documentation or medical transcription is the process of documenting the processes and procedures performed on patients in a prescribed format.
Significance of Medical Terminology:  The people who are aspiring to get into these fields ought to be familiar with the medical terminology as their jobs require documenting various medical procedures and medications. Like any other industry, the healthcare industry also has its share of jargon that consists of various terms and phrases that represent the medical conditions and proced…

Habits that Get You Like-minded Friends -Avontix

We are social beings and need relationships to get along in life. Friendship is one relationship that doesn’t need any reason but it bonds people irrespective of their age, gender, and profession. Friendships are good as they can enrich your life and improve your health. Anything that is good for life doesn’t come easy, and this is true with friends as well. If you have a good number of friends to share your highs and lows, you probably have a lower risk of psychological illnesses and resultant diseases. What if you don’t have friends? Simple! Make friends; it’s as simple as that. Here, we share with you few habits that help in making friends.

Inculcate Positive Attitude: Feeling positive is important for any kind of relationship and it is so with friends as well. People don’t like to hang around with those filled with negativity and keep a distance from such people. So, be positive and hang out with people who are positive. Speaking positively about others gives an indication that yo…

Smart Tips to Implement Electronic Health Records -Avontix

Implementing electronic health records has been a challenging task for many facilities in the initial stages of transition. Though the implementation was a time-consuming and expensive affair, it altered the way medicine is practiced in healthcare setups and helped doctors to do their best in saving lives. The adoption of EHR solutions for maintaining electronic health records to use health information technology to provide better healthcare to people has become necessary through meaningful use. Here are some tips for facilities to implement EHR solutions.
Check your status: Firstly check the status of your facility as to if there are any processes that have been pending for some time and need to be completed. Implementing EHR solutions is a different process altogether and if there are any processes that are already pending, it would put a burden on the staff to cope with the new process again. Also, check if your facility has appropriate infrastructure and adequate staff that is pro…

Ease Your RCM with Outsourcing-Avontix

Collections job is a challenging task that can give a number of sleepless nights to people handling it. It is all the more challenging in the healthcare sector where collections involve patients and their attendants. The medical billing team has a huge responsibility to raise accurate claims for the procedures and services offered and collect the amount due in time. This whole procedure of issuing bills, raising claims and collecting the dues is called revenue cycle management. If your facility is facing stress in taking care of revenue cycle management, you can reduce your stress by outsourcing the medical billing process to efficient RCM service providers. Let’s see how RCM services providers can help your bottom line.
Improve operational efficiency: Taking care of medical billing processes in-house can slow down your operations and have a negative impact on your productivity. If you don’t invest in a separate billing team and rely on the existing administrative staff, it will over-…

Healthcare Documentation Trends that Impact -Avontix

Healthcare documentation is one of the industries that has been seeing a steady progress and gives wonderful job opportunities. The process of transcribing audio files recorded by physicians that give the details about their patients’ visits is a critical job and creates a lot of demand for healthcare documentation specialists. Medical transcription jobs require specialized skills that require the aspiring candidates to undergo training so as to get a hold of the medical jargon and the technology used. Training for these jobs is given by medical transcription companies like Avontix and here are some of the latest trends in this field that will impact the people in medical transcription jobs.
Technological Advancements: There are possibilities that most of the devices being used now will be replaced by much better digital devices and cloud technology will also be used to store and access the data. With the use of high-end technological devices and methodology, advanced communication me…

Top Things an Aspiring Coder Should Avoid -Avontix

Medical coding is one of the promising career options in the healthcare industry where a coder compiles patients’ information from medical records to convert it into universally acceptable codes. There are a pretty good number of medical coding companies in Hyderabad that offer bright career prospects in medical coding jobs. Although many other sectors are impacted by the use of technology, medical coding is one sector that is not going to face any medical coding jobs loss due to automation. However, there are few tips that every wannabe medical coder should remember and avoid doing certain things to grab the best opportunities. Quit asking these questions:
With my training can I work with any physician/ specialist? 
No, you will be not able to work for any physician or specialist, if you have just started your career as a medical coder and completed a course in basics of coding. It is to be understood that even coders with vast expertise and of 15-20 years of experience cannot work f…

The Role of EHRs in Improved Patient Care -Avontix

Electronic health records is the records system that facilitates sharing of digitally stored patient information across healthcare facilities and settings. Initially, many people were skeptical if EHRs would improve the quality of patient care in any manner. However, over a period of time, it has been proved that the various features of EHR solutions if utilized appropriately can improve the patient care considerably across healthcare facilities like hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.
Taking the digital path to consolidate the patient health information ensures patient data security and also facilitates better communication between physicians and other healthcare specialists. EHR solutions provide great resources to various parties involved in providing healthcare at various points of time by giving seamless transfer of data with all the vital information, at critical stages. EHR solutions can benefit both the patients and healthcare providers if the records are maintained accu…

Continuous Improvement – The Secret of Self Improvement -Avontix

What is that we typically do for self-improvement? Set a large goal; try to accomplish that in the least possible time. At the outset, this seems perfectly alright but does not work in practicality. It often leads to exhaustion, frustration and failure. This pattern needs to change; instead, we should aim for simple path of continuous improvement by slowly fine-tuning our everyday behavior and habits. Continuous improvement means, making minor changes and adjustments in our everyday life with the anticipation of a remarkable change over a period of time.

It’s not that easy to believe that small changes can lead to big shifts of improvement because we can’t see any notable accomplishments on a daily basis, BUT IT WORKS. Minor alterations don’t show results at that particular point of time but add up over a period, hence, we can see the results only in the long run; in fact, it is possible that we may happen that we may not even recognize it initially.

How do we go about it?

Avoid mistak…

Medical Transcription Vs Voice Recognition Software -Avontix

One of the most lucrative career options for graduates that offer a decent salary along with the flexibility to work from home is healthcare documentation. Thousands of graduates have grabbed this wonderful opportunity and are making a fabulous career for themselves. However, there are a set of those who are insecure about medical transcription jobs by comparing t with voice recognition software.

Let’s burst this myth and see how this software impacts the healthcare documentation

Voice Recognition Software: Voice recognition software is a program that is an alternative to the typing on a keyboard. When used, this software makes the words appear on the screen of your computer when you talk to it. This software has been developed with the intent to write faster on a computer and to help the differently abled people. Voice recognition software, also known as speech recognition software usually requires the user to train the program to recognize his/her voice in order to accurately conver…

Medical Coding - A Promising Career Option for Women -Avontix

Medical coding is a good career option for those who are inquisitive and can work with perseverance. It is one of the most in-demand fields in the healthcare industry where a medical coder gathers information from a patient’s various medical records and transforms them into universally acceptable alphanumeric codes. Medical coding is critical for a healthcare facility as the codes given to the different procedures and processes performed on a patient are used to process the insurance claims to get the reimbursement for the services provided and they are also used to collect statistics to analyze diseases and treatments. Demand and Scope for medical coding jobs in India Healthcare is an ever-growing industry and the demand for medical coders is also on the positive side. At the moment, while I write this article, there are more than 6000 postings for medical coding jobs on a job portal. As India is the preferred destination for outsourcing medical coding jobs, medical coding field is …

Hints that Suggest You Need RCM Improvement -Avontix

Digitalization of most of the things in healthcare facilities has changed the way facilities operate in a big way. Hospitals and other facilities have seen a drastic change in their operations and regulations which have come at a fast pace. Because of all these changes facilities are facing issues in satisfying patients with their services and abiding by different regulations, leading to a problematic revenue cycle management. Though providing the highest quality care to patients is the topmost priority, if your revenue cycle management is struggling, then your facility will struggle. But, many facilities fail to identify their revenue cycle breakdown at the right time, which put them in more troubles. So, here are few hints to identify the reasons for your revenue cycle issues.
Patient Portal Services: One of the things that affect your revenue cycle is the access you give to your patients via patient portal services. If you are not yet giving your patients access to the portal, you …

Ways to Start Saving for a Better Living -Avontix

When someone asks a question regarding our aim in life, many of us say that we just want to live a happy life, but in this materialistic world, there are many things and needs that ought to be satisfied in order live a happy life. However much we think that we should not go for things that we cannot afford, there will be some needs and emergencies that have to be met, to live a satisfactory life.

It's only when we cannot afford the minimum necessities or a medical emergency that we understand the importance of saving money and the need of money to live a happy life. That’s the time we realize how much we have ignored savings.

Many of us may have already started saving and investing for future and some of us, who have not yet understood the importance of saving or who have not started saving because of various reasons. For most, getting started is difficult. So, here we shall see how we can kick-start saving.

Keep a check on what you spend on: Though this may seem a bit boring and …