6 Benefits of Medical Externship

An externship provides an opportunity for students to enhance practical-based learning in the field of their interest. It is usually provided by partnerships between educational institutions and employers to provide students with practical experiences in their field of study.

A scenario of an externship differs depending on the organization that is offering the opportunity and the level of experience that an individual possesses. There are various benefits of enrolling in a healthcare program that has an externship included in the training.

1. Learn in a Professional Setting

An externship provides you with the opportunity to be in a professional setting where you can gain valuable insight into what to expect within the healthcare field. Students are expected to show up to work on time, keep a neat appearance, treat patients and co-workers respectfully, follow through on the responsibilities, and take the work seriously.

2. Teaches Responsibility

An externship gives students understanding about day-to-day activities and responsibilities of professionals in that field. At AIHT, throughout the externship clinical preceptor will evaluate the student monthly based on clinical evaluation criteria. At the end of the externship, the site preceptor will also evaluate the student on the overall performance based on the clinical evaluation criteria. In the middle of the externship, the faculty will meet with the clinical site supervisor/preceptor and will record the progress of student. The student will be notified by the externship faculty about their progress and any suggested recommendations.

3. Network with Healthcare Professionals

It helps to network and expand your circle of professional contacts for future opportunities. At your externship you have the opportunity to meet individuals who are currently working in the field you want to enter. It is important to make a good impression on the people you meet, and demonstrate your commitment through hard work. The more people you know, the more likely you are to hear of job leads and other professionals’ opportunities.

4. Hands-On Training

A supervisor will work closely with students during their externship to ensure that everything you’ve learned in class in applied into real life situations. For example, if you enrolled in the Medical Assistant program, you would practice blood draws on other students, and learned how to do injections on medical dummies. These are important learning experiences. During your externship, you will have the opportunity to work with actual patients. For the first time, you will truly be using your new skills in the workplace.

5. Ask Questions

Questions are the best way to gain deeper understanding and develop productive solutions. Asking questions during your externship provides an opportunity to learn all aspects of a job from the people who are currently working in the field.

6. Gain Confidence

Last but not least, at the end of an externship, you can expect to gain confidence which is a huge part of any healthcare job. Confidence is built on accomplishment. Being able to work with patients every day is going to help build your confidence in your skills and abilities.

At AIHT we’re committed to preparing students to work as soon as they graduate, which is why externships are such a critical portion of our curriculum. To learn more about the externships and program information, schedule an appointment to visit the school.

5 blunders to avoid in Medical Coding

The medical coders in the healthcare organization should be diligent and detail oriented. The objective of any medical biller is to validate that every provider is correctly reimbursed for their services. Although, at times even the rock star coders sometimes make mistakes that can cause claim denial rates to escalate and put revenue at risk.

The medical coding errors mainly fall into two categories “fraud” and “abuse”. 5 of the most common medical coding errors identified by the American Medical Association are mentioned below:

1. Unbundling codes
Unbundling refers to using multiple CPT codes for those parts of the procedure that are covered by a single comprehensive CPT code, either due to misunderstanding or in an effort to deliberately increase the payment.

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2. Upcoding
It is a fraudulent medical billing in which a bill sent for a higher-level service or procedure or a more complex diagnosis that is supported by medical necessity, medical facts, or the service that was provided.

3. Failing to check the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits when reporting multiple codes
NCCI was developed to ensure that the correct coding methods were followed and avoid incorrect payments for Medicare Part B claims. It is essential to check these edits when reporting multiple codes.

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4. Improper reporting of the infusion and hydration codes

For medical coders to accurately bill for these services, precise documentation of the start and stop times are vital. Example: A continuous intravenous hydration is given from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. In that case, instead of continuous infusion, the two administrations should be reported separately as an initial (96374) and sequential (96376).

5. Improper reporting of injection codes
It is ideal to report only one code instead of multiple units of code for the entire session during which the injections were given.

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Knowing the pitfalls is the first step in avoiding these common “newbie” errors. The key for coders is to meticulously review all provider documentation prior to selecting the appropriate codes. Furthermore, coding leaders should constantly review processes and workflow strategy to ensure the running of a high-quality coding department.

Learn more about the Medical Billing and Coding program to give an enhancement to your career.

3 Key Responsibilities of a Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technicians are often the primary caregiver for patients in long-term care facilities and hospitals. Usually, they work with a doctor and other health professionals. Their major task is to monitor the hygiene of the patients. They also assist them with the mobility issues by aiding them into wheelchairs, getting them in and out of bed, or assisting them during exercise. In a traditional setting, hospitals are the ones who employ patient care technicians. But this scenario has changed recently. Even community organizations, laboratories, and clinics have started increasing their PCT staff. The work task keeps differing for each setup.

The 3 main focuses that a PCT are responsible for are listed as below:

1. Assisting with Patients
They must have knowledge and training of CNA but differ from a CNA in the manner that they can provide advanced care. They take care of patients in the realms of rehabilitation, pediatric care, obstetric care, psychiatric care, urinary care, and many more!

2. Drawing Blood
A full range of phlebotomy services can also be provided by PCT if required by their patients. They are well-versed in venipuncture techniques and can be responsible for obtaining blood, urine and other specimens from patients. This can then be submitted to the laboratory for further testing and diagnosis.

3. Perform Electrocardiographic Testing
A PCT performs electrocardiographic testing and are also capable of conducting rhythm and 12 lead EKG testing. These electrocardiograms are then evaluated and interpreted by a PCT. Assisting in the care and testing of cardiovascular patients and heart disease is one of the most interesting facets of the Patient Care Technician position.

The National Health Career Association certifies Patient Care Technicians. As with any healthcare profession having a national certification gives the PCT a professional designation. Want to learn more about the Patient Care Technician program, AIHT is the destination to boost your career.

Information Sessions and School Tours

Attend an AIHT Information Session to learn more about admissions, financial aid and enrollment process.

Learn about:

  • Prerequisites & School Application
  • Program Learning Objectives
  • Financial Aid Application
  • AIHT Graduate Success Stories

Our Information Session Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 10th 5pm-8pm
  • Wednesday, April 17th 5pm-8pm
  • Saturday, April 20th 10am-1pm
  • Wednesday, April 24th 5pm-8pm

School tours will be about every 20 minutes. In order to make sure we have the proper resources and information prepared for your visit, we recommend you register for an information session. We look forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy your visit!



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5 best reasons to become Cardiovascular Technologist

Cardiovascular Technician (CT) assist physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac and peripheral vascular ailments. They have three areas of specialization such as invasive cardiology, cardiac sonography, and vascular technology/sonography. Preferred attributes for this profession include dependability, mechanical ability and the ability to comprehend detailed instructions.

Read our 5 best reasons why you should sign up for a cardiovascular technologist program today.

#1 Possess critical thinking quality

Patients visit hospital either for regular check-ups or during emergency complaining about heart problems.  It is necessary to identify anything from abnormal heartbeats to blood clots for every patient.

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Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems is one of the most important attributes to possess. If you like problem-solving than you are fit for applying to a cardiovascular tech program.

#2 Job opportunities are ample

Before deciding any vocational field, it is mandated to understand what future opportunities it provides. Talking about cardiovascular technician as a career option, it has abundant opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 9.9 percent employment growth for cardiovascular technologists between 2016 and 2026. In that period, an estimated 5,500 jobs will open up. They also predict that employment will grow faster than the average for all occupations between 2016 and 2026.

#3 Let’s Talk Money

Not only can a career in cardiovascular technology is fulfilling, but it also compensates well. The median cardiovascular technician salary is much higher than the median salary for all careers. The median salary drawn by a Cardiovascular Technologist is $55,270 depending upon the location. There is always a scope to grow and earn more. Generally, the technologists that have more specialized training and certification are in a position to demand higher salaries, so it may be worth exploring the types of specialized credential.

#4 Your Contribution Matters

Cardiovascular Technologist plays a critical role when a patient suffering from heart disease is admitted to the hospital. At such a crucial time, to have good communication skills is important as your input can help save a patient’s life.

reasons to become cardiovascular technologist#5 Job Satisfaction

Everyone expects to have a job that’s enjoyable and a career that’s fulfilling.  Research says when we help others, it brings us happiness and satisfaction.  This is one of the prime reason where you will be excited to go to work in the morning and return with a positive mind. When you give, the world seems like a better place.

What does a Certified Nursing Assistant do?

As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients. Overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

At AIHT Education students can received hands-on training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. The course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become certified as a Nurse Aide in the State of Connecticut.

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) fill the gap between patients and nurses – providing quality-of-life care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care and hospice facilities, and in residential settings. They also gather vital information about patients’ conditions, which they relay to their supervisors, so their patients can get the care they need.

Below are some examples of daily actives of a CNA:
– Cleaning and bathing patients
– Help patient use the toilet and to get dressed
– Take care of combing hair, shaving caring for nails and brushing  teeth
– Turn, transfer and reposition your patients between the wheelchair and bed
– Help to take patients to eat and to participate in various activities
– Serve the patients meals and in some cases, to help them eat if they cannot do it for themselves

One of your key roles is to assist your Register Nurse (RN) supervisor in doing his or her job. You will need to listen to patient’s health concerns and record them in notes, either on paper or in an electronic system. After that, you will need to report this new health information to the RN. You will be dealing with a person with a number of health problems, which will vary depending upon the patient. You are going to need to speed much of your time as a CNA working to manage those problems.

For example, you will in some cases need to tend to patient wounds. You will need to clean them, dress them, and ensure that they are healing properly. Also, you will need to work to prevent bed sores in your patients. You will need to reposition your patient often and turn them regularly.

By focusing your efforts as a CNA on these essential tasks, you can really make a strong difference in the lives of your patients.

Are you interested in become a CNA?

The first step to getting your career started is visiting AIHT’S Admission Department. Our friendly and knowledgeable counselors will help you get acquainted with AIHT and our professors, discuss our training programs and answer any and all questions you may have.

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4 Amazing Apps to Make Every Healthcare Student’s Life Easier

Majority of healthcare students spend at least 1-2 hours a night reviewing material covered in class. With classes in full swing, now is a great time to look at some of the best study apps for healthcare students. There are many great apps you can use on your phone or tablet that can help you study effectively and efficiently. Check out the list below:

#1 Google Docs
The best thing about Google Docs is the ability to sync-up your notes across all of your devices. If you’re in class taking notes on your tablet and get home and would like to work on your notes on your laptop, simply signing into your Google account and you will have access to all of your notes!

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#2 StudyBlue App
With all those notes you’ve been taking, you will need to find a productive way of using them to study. StudyBlue is an app that helps organizes your notes. The best part about the app is that you can turn your notes into flashcards and take personalized quizzes!

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#3 Test Anxiety App
Have you ever suffered from test anxiety? If you find yourself in anxiety mode before exams, you should check out the AnxietyBC App. Even though this app is geared towards all sorts of anxiety situations, it has a helpful test anxiety component. You can use this app to gain control of your breathing and learn to shift your mind to more positive thoughts so you can focus on mastering the academic material. 
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#4 Self-Control App
Is Facebook, Twitter or Instagram calling your name every time you sit down to do some studying? (YES!) Self-Control app blocks distracting websites so you cannot access them. You create a “blacklist” of sites you find distracting, set a timer on the app and you will be blocked from accessing your blacklisted sites for the time you’ve allotted. It’s amazing how much more work you can get done when you know you cannot visit your go-to procrastination sites!! If for some reason you really must check something on Facebook, you can restart your computer to reset the app, but try to stay focused!!

 

These are just a few apps that can help make your studying a little easier. If you work on eliminating distractions and creating a positive environment for yourself, you will improve your study time!

 

Ready to enroll in healthcare training classes at AIHT Education? Contact the Admissions Department today to learn more about the career training we offer. Schedule a tour!

 

AIHT Students Earn National Phlebotomy Technician Certification

Congratulations to the AIHT Students that passed the National Healthcareer Association Phlebotomy Technician Certification exam Friday, October 27th!

Phlebotomy Technicians are critical team members at hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and blood donor centers. The primary task in a phlebotomy technician’s career is to draw blood from the patient’s veins by using a needle and a syringe.

As advancements in medical technology rise, it’s an especially exciting time to begin a career in this thriving field.

Earning your Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT) certification from the National Healthcareer Association can give employers confidence in your skills and abilities.

Interested in pursuing a career as a Phlebotomist? Learn more about AIHT Phlebotomy program by scheduling a visit or call 203-870-8400.

Now Hiring: Health Specialty Instructor

Require Health Specialty Instructor with healthcare background to plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course materials, and methods of instruction; compile, administer, and grade exams; prepare and deliver lectures to the students on healthcare specialty courses; prepare course materials; maintain student attendance, grades, and other required records; observe and evaluate student’s performance; prepare students for careers in healthcare fields; keep abreast of developments in the healthcare field by reading current literature and participating in professional conferences; assist school with community outreach for health promotion. Work with sonography modalities.

Req. at least a Master’s degree in Public Health.

Mail resume to AIHT Education, 480 Lordship Blvd, Stratford, CT 06615.

You may also email resume to hr@aihtedu.com

AIHT Education is an EOE.