3 Health Care Jobs For Which You Need Under 2 Years Of Schooling

For as long as people are in need of medical attention, health care will always be a booming industry. If you’re in a phase of your life in which you’re debating over where to bring your smarts and services, rest assured that there will always be employment waiting for you in a hospital. The real question is which health care job is best for you personally.One factor to consider, is how technology will is applied to each field. With advancements in CDI software, everything is now a bit more manageable. What kind of commitment are you willing to give to your training? What kind of base salary are you looking for? And most importantly, which job do you find most interesting? In this article, we will give you a rundown of the pros and cons for each.

Registered Nurse (RN)

Nursing is a growing field, however there still remains a shortage in the country. This is a job in which you will have incomparable liberty in your schedule. You’ll typically only have to work three 12-hour shifts and the rest of the week will be yours. The average wage is around $65,000 per year. You will be responsible for providing anything from ongoing inpatient care to advanced emergency cardiac life support.

You only need an associate degree, which means your schooling will be no longer than two years. You’ll also have options to expand your career in the future. A potential downside is that your job will consist much more of patient care than it will of decision making and critical thinking about treatment options. In any case, now when you record patient information, you can use special software that makes the entire process substantially simpler and more efficient.

Radiology Technician

Another option is to become an x-ray tech. You can expect to make a solid $55,000 a year. That’s plenty for you to live comfortably while still saving. You will work with physicians to provide radiological imaging, which means you’ll have to have an extensive knowledge of the anatomy and many diseases. You’ll learn how to give C-T scans, MRIs, and other kinds of x-rays, while operating various types of medical machinery. You can also complete this schooling inside of two years with an associate degree.

Health Information Technician / Medical Coder

If you’re interested in learning about medicine and expanding your knowledge but are not thrilled about performing direct patient care, you can become a coder. You will earn between $36,000 and $40,000 a year. You’ll develop an extensive knowledge of medical terminology, all ICD-10 codes and you’ll learn about the intricacies of the U.S. health care billing system. In years past, this has been a gruelingly difficult and time consuming job due to the complexity of the U.S. version of ICD-10, which has some 70,000+ different codes.

Not to mention the fact that they change every year or so. However, with recent advancements in CDI software, namely the Hiteks ICD-10 compliant ConcurDI, a medical documentation improvement software that functions in real-time and comes with a medical diagnosis calculator capable of providing case mix index optimization, severity of illness analysis and a risk adjustment factor score on a case to case basis. As a result, everything about a coder’s job has become remarkably easier and more accessible, making this arguably one of the most appealing jobs on this list.

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What’s Happening In October With ICD-10

New Codes For Conditions

As of October 1, 2016, the Coordination and Maintenance Committee will introduce 3,651 new codes to the ICD-10 repertoire. They will also apply 487 revisions to already existing codes. Remarkably, about 97% of those changes will be in the section for cardiovascular issues. These new codes are meant to add greater detail to patient status and condition. With the new changes, there will be a total of 75,625 codes in the ICD-10 PCS system. Coordination and Maintenance Committee members reportedly discussed adding even more codes during a meeting in March. Most of these changes are at the request of special interest groups. This is in response to the fact that coding tends to simplify inherently complex matters regarding patient conditions. As a result, new CDI software is transforming the medical field.

New Codes For Diagnosis

Aside from the additions that the committee will make to coding for conditions, they will also add a number of new codes for diagnosis. Most notably, they’ve applied various new codes related to the Zika virus. Zika has been spreading at a rapid pace, creating growing concern. Researchers drew a direct connection between Zika in pregnant women and microcephaly in their newborns. As a result, physicians want to be as detailed as possible with sick pregnant women. That’s why there’s been a recent expansion in coding.

You can watch the full meetings on Youtube by clicking here.

The Dilemma In Adding New Codes

Expanding the coding the system is a difficult matter with advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, coding should not be a simple matter. It’s important to be exact with these issues, not only to help streamline processing and billing, but also so that physicians can make more informed decisions. On the other hand, as the committee continues to amend and adapt the system, training has grown increasingly challenging. With over 70,000 codes to sift through, making the correct assessment and selecting the appropriate codes became more of a challenge than ever.

How Technology Makes For A Better Coding System

It’s for that reason that the utilization of technology is the logical next step in this evolution. With the help of Hiteks’ HCC coding software, the issue regarding the complexity of the system is solved. We offer an EPIC clinical CDI software that has a diagnosis calculator. Our software provides its users with a risk adjustment factor score within seconds. It’s with our state of the art physician concierge software that physicians and coders can organize, categorize, and utilize those tens of thousands of codes more effectively than ever.

Hiteks is a pioneer in the clinical documentation improvement industry. We operate all throughout the New York City area. Our mission is to make sure that physicians and coders can be as detailed, effective and efficient as their industry demands of them. We believe a more intricate and detailed system is necessary in the world today, and that with the our software, we can stay one step ahead of the latest diseases and health concerns. To learn more about our AdvocateMD, ConcurDI Real-Time CDI and VigilantQA software, give us a call at 212-920-0929.


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