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Medical billing and coding is one of the fast growing fields today, and provides several career opportunities for job seekers. This is mainly because of the increase in medical attention due to various diseases and health conditions. Moreover, medical coding and billing jobs provide attractive salary, making it one of the finest careers that you can choose for high standard of living.
However, you should have some basic idea about the field before enrolling for medical coding and billing jobs. Otherwise, it will be quite difficult for you to succeed in this field. The below aspects will make the concept a bit more clear.
Check on the salary
One of the most important factors that decide your salary will be based on your specialization in either medical coding or medical billing, or even both fields. Generally, these professionals are known by various names such as medical insurance specialists or certified medical billing specialist.
One of the highest paying employers in many fields, including the health and medical field, is always the Federal Government. But, that scenario is lightly changing. Today, one needs to prepare a lot while choosing the correct job. You need to check and compare salaries with other companies too, as there are lots of things happening in the economy.
Another important factor that decides your salary will be your work experience. For instance, if you have an experience of around one year, you can easily earn about $12 to $13 an hour. Like this, when you have more experience, your wages will also increase, thereby helping you to become financially stable.
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Arts at the Abbey: Belmont Abbey College recently announced the 2014-2015 season lineup for Arts at the Abbey. The season includes local, regional and international artists from Europe and South America performing at the Abbey Basilica on campus.
Sept. 9: Lopez Tabor Duo from Venezuela, featuring violin and piano
Oct. 6: Music around Frederick the Great/C.P.E. Bach at 300
Nov. 3: Two at the Organ – John Apple and Karen Hite Jacob
Dec. 5: Holiday Concert
Feb. 9: Music for Lent by Carolina Pro Musica
Feb. 20: The Cecilia Ensemble, chamber choir music from 16th to 20th century
March 26: Palmis Trio from Europe, featuring clarinet, cello and piano
May 3: Spring Concert
All concerts are at 8 p.m., except for the 3 p.m. Spring Concert. There is no admission charge; donations are accepted. For information, visit www.bac.edu or contact Karen Hite Jacob at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-461-6813.
Homecoming dates set: Belmont Abbey College recently announced dates for homecoming.
Festivities for alumni and students will be held Oct. 3-5 on campus. For information, visit www.bac.edu.
Craft brewery program: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute has a new program on tap for fall.
Working with local brewers in Caldwell and Watauga counties, the college has added a craft brewery program to provide training, knowledge and practical skills for those interested in the industry and for hobbyists. Topics include basic brewing and more technical classes such as ServSafe certification.
Craft Brewing 101 classes begin in September in Caldwell and Watauga counties, with additional sessions offered in October and November. Caldwell County students will split their time between classes and labs on the CCC&TI campus in Hudson and activities at Howard Brewing in Lenoir and Granite Falls Brewery in Granite Falls. Watauga County students will split their time between classes and labs at the Appalachian Enterprise Center in downtown Boone and Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone.
Cost is $125 and includes a home brewing kit. For information, call Ben Willis at 828-726-2615 or visit www.cccti.edu.
Hospitality management: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute recently added a new Hospitality Management program to its fall course schedule. The program prepares students for supervisory and managerial positions in hotels, motels, resorts, inns, restaurants, institutions and clubs.
CCC&TI is accepting applications and enrolling students in the Hospitality Management Program. Final registration is Aug. 14 and classes begin on Aug. 18.
For information, call Business Programs Director Kelly Greene at 828-726-2337. For information on becoming a student at CCC&TI, call 828-726-2200 or visit www.cccti.edu.
Bluegrass arts series: Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley will kick off the 2014-15 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Showcase of Stars on Sept. 20 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. Tickets are $24 adults, $12 children/students.
Additional dates in the series are:
Oct. 18: The Hit Men
Nov. 1: Christian artists Mark Shultz and Selah with special guest Tyrus Morgan
Dec. 4-7: Beautiful Star/An Appalachian Nativity featuring Rev. Ledbetter and the Open Heart Community Fellowship
Jan. 22: David Holt and the Lightning Bolts.
Feb. 24: Elliot Engel with “The Vanderbilts: All of Them.”
March 28: Caldwell Musicians Showcase featuring Strictly Clean and Decent
April 4: Sarah Jarosz
April 21: “Rapunzel: A Very Hairy Fairy Tale”
May 2: Comedian Jim Breuer
The Civic Center will also present two “Dinner and a Show” meal events this season. The first will be “Pop Rock Buffet” on Oct. 18 prior to “The Hit Men” show, followed by “An Appalachian Christmas Buffet” on Dec. 5 before “An Appalachian Nativity.” Meal prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children.
Individual tickets to all events are available through the Civic Center Box Office and online. An “All In” rate is $99 for tickets to all 10 shows in the season.
For information or to reserve your tickets, call 828-726-2407 or visit www.broyhillcenter.com.
Truck driver training: CCC&TI will offer a Truck Driver Training class 5-10 p.m. weekdays, Aug. 18-Dec. 8 on the Transportation and Public Safety Campus in Hudson.
To register or for information, call 828-726-2380.
Heritage research: Catawba Valley Community College recently received a collection of heritage research materials from Fred Sherrill and Gwendolyn Bost Sherrill. The collection will be housed in the college library.
The donation includes Lincoln County deeds, land entries and land processions dating from 1786 to 1868. US Census documents from 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 for Catawba County and cemetery books from Catawba and Burke counties also were donated, along with two volumes of “Heritage of Catawba County.”
The donation establishes the Gwendolyn Bost Sherrill Collection for Heritage Research at CVCC. It gives students, faculty and staff an opportunity to do hands-on research for coursework not previously available on campus.
Small business: CVCC will offer SBA Resources for Your Small Business 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Corporate Development Center.
Mike Arriola with the Small Business Administration will be the featured speaker. Participants will learn about SBA Web-based resources to help plan, start or expand a small business, including bankable loan proposals and financial assistance through the Small Business Administration.
Admission is free, but registration is required by calling 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or visiting http://sbc.cvcc.edu.
Fundraising for nonprofits: The CVCC Small Business Center will present Fundraising Fundamentals for Non-Profits 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 21 at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center in Hickory.
Topics include primary elements of fundraising, a comparison of fundraising types based on an organization’s needs and best practices for developing funding sources.
Admission is free, but registration is required by calling 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or visiting http://sbc.cvcc.edu.
Entrepreneurship degree added: Catawba Valley Community College has added an online Entrepreneurship Associate Degree, along with an online certificate and online diploma option.
The new program accommodates the unpredictable schedules of would-be entrepreneurs who have jobs, families and busy lives.
The certificate requires four courses, while the diploma option requires 12 courses. Students also have access to the Small Business Center, which offers general start-up counseling to a series of seminars focused on starting or growing a business.
For information on the new degree program or the college’s business start-up services, contact Gary Muller at 828-327-7000 ext. 4672 or email@example.com.
Electronic records course: Catawba Valley Community College’s Health Services Innovation Center will offer Using Electronic Health Records 6-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Aug. 18-Sept. 15 on the CVCC East Campus.
Students will learn generic knowledge, common processes and skills that can be transferred across typical health information systems. Participants need a high school diploma or Adult Secondary Education Certificate and must have prior formal health care training or a minimum of three months of full-time health care experience.
Cost is $70, plus a textbook. For information, contact Donna Davis at 828-327-7000, ext. 4319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Train to work in medical office: The Catawba Valley Community College Health Services Innovation Center will offer a Medical Front Office and Billing course 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 3-Dec. 10 at the CVCC East Campus.
Students will learn skills required for working as medical front office staff and gain an understanding of billing and reimbursement procedures. Topics will include Preparation of Medical Records, Health Insurance and Financial Records of Patients, Clinical Procedures used in a Medical Office, Preparation of Medical Reports and Handling Front Office Operations.
Prerequisites include Medical Terminology. Students must be able to use a keyboard. Cost of the class is $180, plus a textbook.
Basic Coding, which also applies to medical offices, will be offered 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 11-Dec. 11 on the East Campus.
Students will learn the rules and applications for coding in a physician’s office. Prerequisites include Medical Terminology and Medical Billing and Reimbursement. Students must have access to ICD-9 and CPT coding books. Cost is $180, plus a textbook.
For information, contact Donna Davis at 828-327-7000, ext. 4319 or email@example.com.
Scholarship funding awarded: Gaston College has been awarded more than $600,000 from the National Science Foundation for scholarships and supplemental services, beginning in the fall semester.
Scholarships up to $5,600 per year per student will be awarded to select Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math students enrolled full-time in the Associate of Science program at Gaston College. Gaston College is the only community college in western North Carolina and only one of five in the state to offer such scholarships.
Gaston College developed an initiative called SPARC3 (STEM Persistence and Retention through Curriculum, Cohort, and Centralization) to promote persistence and graduation of these students at the college. Supplemental services covered by the funding include mentoring, tutoring and learning communities.
For application requirements, visit www.cfnc.org/gastonapp or visit the admissions office at any campus location. For information on the SPARC3 Scholars program, contact Ashley Hagler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put SPARC3 Scholar in the subject line when applying.
Nancy Nieves artwork featured: The Gaston County Museum of Art and History will feature an art exhibit “Colors Found in Nature” by Gaston College art instructor Nancy Nieves through Aug. 23.
Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The museum is at 131 W. Main St. in Dallas.
For information, visit www.artbynieves.com or contact the museum at 704-922-7681 or email@example.com.
Summer hours: Gaston College is operating on its summer schedule through Aug.15. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. College offices are closed on Fridays.
For information, visit www.gaston.edu.
Applications still accepted: It’s not too late to apply for enrollment in the fall semester at Lenior-Rhyne University. Undergraduate, graduate and transfer applications with official transcripts and test scores will be accepted through Aug. 26.
New MBA tracks for fall 2014 include: Business Analytics and Information Technology, and Innovation and Change Management. These two tracks join the General, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Global Leadership, Healthcare Administration, and Leadership Development tracks already offered.
Also new for fall are three fully online programs: the Master of Science in Online Teaching & Instructional Design, the Master of Arts in Leadership, and the Master of Arts in Human Services.
For information, call 828-328-7300 or visit www.lr.edu/admissions/apply.
Great Books series offered: Lenoir-Rhyne University will host a series of Great Books sessions based upon Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and “The Inferno” by Dante this fall.
Sessions run 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays, every two weeks Sept. 2-Oct. 14 and Oct. 28-Dec. 9 in the Cromer Center Fireside Room. Cost is $75 per session or $140 for both.
Great Books sessions are informal, relaxed meetings designed to bring community members together for fellowship and facilitated discussion. There are no tests, quizzes, or papers.
Skloot, whose book will be the focus during the first session, will also be speaking Oct. 23 at Lenoir-Rhyne as part of the Visiting Writers Series. For information, visit www.rebeccaskloot.com/the-immortal-life. For an overview of Dante’s classic poem, visit www.worldofdante.org.
To register for a session, visit lineberger-center.lr.edu/great-books or contact Rand Brandes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-328-7077.
Baseball camp: Lenoir-Rhyne Head Baseball Coach Tom Fleenor will offer an Elite Prospect baseball camp 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23-24 for Classes of 2015-2018.
For information, call Coach Fleenor at 828-328-7136.
Alumnus of Year: Western Piedmont Community College recently recognized Deborah Hart as 2014 Alumnus of the Year. Given by the Western Piedmont Foundation, the award recognizes an alumnus who has given unselfishly of their time and talents to advance the mission of the college and the community.
Hart graduated from WPCC in 1978 with associate degrees in art and science. After working in banking and retail, she became an executive assistant and later went into event planning. Hart worked as Director of Events at SEGA, a Japanese multinational video game developer, publisher, and hardware development company. She also established a company specializing in event planning, trade shows, expositions and fairs and creating events for the Super Bowl, the Olympic Games, charity functions, fundraisers and industry promotions.
Hart is a member of the American Business Women’s Association and gives her time to SPCA, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Hospice, the Arthritis Foundation and Feed the Hungry.
Business owners: The Small Business Center at Western Piedmont Community College will offer a series of free classes for business owners this fall.
The schedule includes:
How to Start a Business in Burke County: 3-5 p.m. Aug. 20; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 4 or 3-5 p.m. Sept. 24, all at Foothills Higher Education Center (FHEC)
Writing an Effective Business Plan: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 12, FHEC
How to Find Money for Your Business: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 18 or Sept. 11, FHEC
Accounting and Recordkeeping: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 19, FHEC
SBA Programs and Services for Your Small Business: noon-1 p.m. Aug. 21, FHEC
Develop an Online Presence for Your Business: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 26, FHEC
Understanding Cash Flow and Financials: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 28, FHEC
Grow Your Business with Social Media Marketing: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 2, FHEC
Facebook for Your Business: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 4, FHEC
Pinterest, Blogging and Mobile Marketing: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 9, FHEC
Making an Impact with Social Media: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 11, FHEC
QuickBooks for Small Business Part I Review Forum: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 15, FHEC
You, Inc. Discover the Entrepreneur Within: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17, FHEC
How to Write a Business Plan: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18, FHEC
QuickBooks for Small Business Part II Reports Forum: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 22, FHEC
QuickBooks for Small Business Part III, Payroll Forum: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29, FHEC
To register for a class, visit www.wpcc.edu.
Register for fall classes: Western Piedmont Community College will hold registration for fall classes 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 14 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15 on campus at 1001 Burkemont Ave. in Morganton.
Students will meet with an academic adviser, sign up for classes and pay tuition and fees. Registration is open to any new or returning students who have completed the admission and financial aid process.
WPCC offers a monthly Tuition Payment Play with two payment options that is available until midnight Aug. 15. For information, call the WPCC Business Office at 828-448-3106.
Fall semester classes begin Aug. 20. For information, visit Student Services in Hildebrand Hall on campus or call 828-448-6046.
Law enforcement training: WPCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training certification program is accepting applicants for the next 17-week class.
The full-time program meets 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, Aug. 15-Dec. 12. BLET training gives students essential skills for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with government agencies or private enterprises.
To learn about the program, contact Steve Warren at 828-448-3135 or email@example.com.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley