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Business Idea For Mom: Medical Transcription

What to do? What to do? There are so many options available for mothers who want to become work-at-home-moms (WAHMs). They key is to find something that you enjoy and that will suit your situation.

Some people like direct sales; whereas others prefer to not only work out of their home but also to work in their home. If you fall into the latter category, then perhaps you may want to consider a career as a medical transcriptionist.

While approximately four out of ten transcriptionists work at hospitals and doctor’s offices, there is also plenty of work that can be performed in the comforts of your own home. You can telecommute from your home office as an employee, a subcontractor or even as an independent freelance medical transcriptionist.

Almost always you will find that employers prefer medical transcriptionists who have completed a postsecondary training program at a vocational school or community college. If you do not have this type of background or training, there are a number of options to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.

If you do an internet search on “medical transcription” you will see a large number of results. There are more than a few self study training programs available. Just make sure you exercise due diligence when selecting a training program.

Typically you can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $1,000 for a course. You may be able to find some for less and also for more. Included in your curriculum will be a series of text, workbooks, reference guides and audio tapes. Plan to spend a chunk of time in the books learning the terminology before you will ever begin to transcribe.

It is important to note that while it is relatively easy to study the text with small children around, it is not as effortless practice transcribing when you have young ones to care for. You must have an extremely quiet environment in which to hear and understand the person dictating. If you have children who should not be left unattended, then focusing with headphones on may not be the best idea.

At home medical transcription is a great career for mothers who have babies who sleep often or older school aged children. If you enjoy an office environment and type at a pretty good pace, this may be a wonderful medium to earn an income in your pajamas!

Are Home Diagnostic Kits Reliable As A Substitute For Professional Medical Opinions?

Let’s face it. A trip to the drugstore is a whole lot easier than a costly and time-consuming trip to the doctor’s office. No time wasted waiting for the physician; no embarrassing questions to answer; and no sticker shock when the bill comes. Just head for the section of your pharmacy with all of the gadgets and home test kits and you are ready to “play doctor.”

With skyrocketing medical costs and increased concerns about privacy, more and more Americans are taking advantage of products designed to help monitor existing conditions or to help diagnose new ones. Blood glucose monitors help diabetics manage their condition, blood pressure kits help monitor hypertension while those with cardiovascular concerns can track cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Of course, home pregnancy kits have been available for years. But now it is possible to go well beyond health management with these off-the-shelf products and individuals can now perform diagnostic tests in the comfort and “safety” of their homes.

But is this trend really safe?

Health care professionals have expressed concerns that the use of home test kits may cause users to delay or avoid proper medical care. Misinterpreting the results of self-administered tests can lead to decisions that are based on false assumptions. For example, there have been reports of people changing their medication dosage based on results of blood pressure readings at home. Decisions about any treatment based on self-administered tests should be deferred until a physician confirms them.

The list of conditions for which home diagnostic products are available is expanding rapidly. It is now possible to test for drug use, alcohol use, HIV, prostate cancer, hormone levels, diabetes, blood type, anemia, allergies, hepatitis, cholesterol levels, fertility and even certain strains of flu.

The opportunity is always present for a user to improperly administer a test or to misunderstand the results. Delaying treatment based on these results could have serious consequences. Now that the number of tests available is so large, and the conditions so potentially serious, it is absolutely critical that these test results be validated by a doctor.

Given this diverse menu of tests, users are sure to get results for which they may be unprepared. A positive reading for HIV could be devastating. Health care professionals are trained to address the concerns and possible psychological issues faced by a patient receiving bad news from a test. Individuals trying to cope with a similar result at home may find themselves alone and unable to cope.

Home health tests should be used with great care and should never be considered as a replacement for proper medical care. If you are seriously concerned about your health and well-being, it is fine to practice a bit of do-it-yourself medicine… as long as you get a second opinion.

A Word About Child Medical Insurance

We love our children. From the moment we realize they are making their way into this world, we begin making plans for them. We want the best of everything for them, from homes and communities to schools and activities. We strive to raise them in safe, healthy, nurturing environments in hopes that they will grow into and remain safe, healthy, nurturing adults throughout their lives.

Child medical insurance must be included in our plans for our children. Children are constantly growing and exploring. They are active little people who spend a lot of time running, tumbling, playing sports, and creating potentially dangerous little games of their own. Plus, classrooms full of children are perfect breeding grounds during the cold and flu season. If your daughter’s best friend has a cold, you can safely bet that your daughter will have the sniffles within a few days, too. Inevitably our children will get sick, hurt, need medicine or x-rays once in a while or even more often!

The health and safety of our children is our most important goal. Unfortunately, sometimes we find ourselves in situations when our jobs don’t offer medical insurance. It is easier to tell ourselves “not right now” when it comes to treating a medical problem, but it is not that easy to tell our children “not right now” when they are running a dangerously high fever and ask us to help them feel better.

If you do not have medical insurance covered by your place of employment, or you are covered by medical insurance you purchase yourself, you need to stop and think about the medical insurance of your child. If you are not covered, or can not afford medical insurance for yourself or your child, there are agencies out there that will help you. You can find affordable, and sometimes even free, child medical insurance that will cover dental, vision, and health costs for your child.

Cheap Medical Insurance

If you want to get a good deal on your medical insurance, there are a couple of things you should consider doing. Some of them are optional and some of them are absolutely vital and cannot be passed by.

The first is to shop around. You really cannot get a good deal on medical insurance unless you are prepared to shop around and search the market. Finding out what is available on the market really is the only way you can know if any particular offer is good or not and whether or not you should accept it. By getting to know what kind of offers are out there, you will know what you should be expecting to pay for what kind of benefits and are far less likely to get ripped off by making an uninformed decision on which medical insurance to buy.

You should also consider speaking to an insurance broker. These will be able to advise you on the plans offered by a wide range of insurers and let you know what kind of offers are available. Therefore, they can save you a lot of the legwork of shopping around since they have access to an array of insurance companies. They will also have access to preferential rates and deals since they can bargain with companies and use their knowledge of the industry to get good deals. They can then pass these savings on to you in some form or another.

However, even if you are going through a broker, you cannot forgo shopping around and informing yourself properly of what is on the market. This is because you will not be sure if the offer the broker is giving you is any better than that of other brokers or even of prices you can find your self.

Shopping online is another good idea. The Internet gives you access to virtually all the insurers in the market. They are right there at your fingertips and can often give you instant quotes right there on the website. This means that you can do a lot of shopping around and get a good idea of what is on the market just be going on line and visiting their websites.

Medical insurance is a very important purchase for you and your family. It can determine the level of health care and service you will have access to in the case of an accident or serious illness and also represents a significant cost to you when you pay your premiums. Therefore you should always shop the market and make sure you are getting as good a deal as possible before you commit to any one policy.

An Easier Type Of Medical Care

More and more, medical advances are cutting down on cutting people open. Improved imaging procedures make diagnostic and even surgical procedures less invasive.

Medical imaging enables a range of less-invasive, highly targeted medical therapies that translate into better and more comfortable care for patients. Because they are less invasive, these treatments mean fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and, in many cases, no incisions or surgery.

Physician specialty groups, independent organizations and peer-reviewed journals agree that medical imaging is one of the most important parts of modern medical care. In fact, many renowned medical experts believe that without imaging to guide diagnosis and treatment, patient safety would be compromised and quality of care diminished.

Doctors have long used surgery for diagnostic as well as therapeutic purposes, looking inside a patient to see what’s causing his or her symptoms. Now, improved imaging procedures mean this is often unnecessary, saving patients discomfort, time and money. Here are some of the ways imaging has improved health care:

• Image-guided biopsies allow doctors to remove a small piece of tissue for testing through a tiny incision, while still being able to see exactly what they’re doing.

• CT scans can reduce the need for invasive procedures and additional imaging tests in helping physicians diagnose pulmonary embolism.

• Microcoil stents are used to repair brain aneurysms, reducing a patient’s chance of death by almost a quarter. Placing stents would be impossible without the use of video X-ray imaging technology.

• The preferred therapy for reopening blocked arteries and permitting blood flow to the heart is a procedure called coronary angioplasty. Again, only through the use of imaging technology can doctors see where the blockage is and how to get there.