Work from Home Careers in HealthcareAccording to the Department of Labor (DOL), healthcare was one of the largest industri...
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If you are planning to start a work at home career, then healthcare is one field worth considering. Not only is the vertical is brimming with jobs that offer the flexibility to telecommute, but also most of these opportunities can be pursued after completing a vocational training program from a career school.

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  1. 1. Work from Home Careers in HealthcareAccording to the Department of Labor (DOL), healthcare was one of the largest industries in the year 12008, providing 14.3 million jobs. Furthermore, the sector is projected to add another 3.2 million new jobs 2until 2018.If you are planning to start a work at home career, then healthcare is one field worth considering. Not onlyis the vertical brimming with jobs that offer the flexibility to telecommute, but also most of theseopportunities don’t require extensive schooling. In fact, it’s possible to start a lot of healthcare home-based jobs with a vocational training program at a career school or college.Here are some potential healthcare careers for stay at home moms, retired folk, working professionalslooking for a side career, or just about anyone keen to spend less time on road traveling to work andmore time with their family.Medical Transcription: Those familiar with the healthcare industry would know that medical transcriptionhas been around for a while. However, the profession has evolved a great deal over the years from thetime manual typewriters were used by medical transcriptionists (MTs) to transcribe doctor dictations tonow when most of them use top of the line, cutting-edge laptop computers to do the job.Post-secondary training programs in medical transcription may provide candidates the skillset for this job.Such medical transcriptionist courses are available at career schools and colleges and many of themare self-paced online programs.Voluntary certifications are offered to MTs by the Association for Healthcare DocumentationIntegrity(AHDI) upon meeting certain requirements.Medical Billing & Coding: It’s one of the allied healthcare professions projected to grow at a much fasterthan average rate over the next few years, according to the DOL. To become a medical billing and codingspecialist, one needs to be good with numbers as the job involves assigning standardized codes tovarious clinical procedures and using these codified documents for the billing process.Medical coders and billers can perform their job independently from home and require only limitedinteraction with healthcare providers and health insurance companies.Aspirants can gain the skills for this job through a vocational training program in medical billing andcoding. Alternatively, Associate degrees in fields like Allied Health or Medical Specialties may alsoprovide the required proficiencies to those keen to have some college experience.Medical Writing: If you have decent writing skills and some clinical experience, freelance healthcarewriting can prove to be an extremely lucrative work-at-home career. It will allow you to let your creativejuices flow and provide an outlet to the writer in you. At the same time, you will be able to make more thandecent money for it. According to payscale.com, freelance writers in the healthcare industry can earn up 3to $50 in hourly wages.There are plenty of avenues that medical writers or communicators can write for including textbooks,journals, white papers, websites, marketing collateral, etc. Joining organizations like the AmericanMedical Writers Association (AMWA) may help healthcare writers find freelance assignments.Telephone Triage: This is a popular work at home profession amongst registered nurses (RNs). Itinvolves RNs offering clinical advice to patients over the telephone. They listen to the symptoms thatpatients describe and use their clinical knowledge to provide a medical assessment.Since telephone triage services are mostly offered by RNs, the training requirements for the job are thesame as that of a registered nurse – a two-year or four-year college degree or a hospital-administered
  2. 2. nursing diploma. Experience in nursing practice may also be necessary to become a telephone triagenurse.Virtual Medical Assistant: The job of a medical assistant involves performing administrative tasks at ahealthcare center. This includes scheduling appointments, maintaining patient records, following up oninsurance claims, and a range of other paperwork. A lot of these tasks can be handled virtually from aremote location and may prove more cost-effective, especially for small employers. That’s why manyindependent physicians are trending towards hiring virtual assistants. It helps them trim their office staffand tighten their budgets.Skills for this job can be acquired through a medical assistant training program from a career school or atwo-year college degree.Sources: bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs035.htm Ibid. payscale.com/research/US/Job=Freelance_Writer%2c_Technical/Hourly_Rate/by_IndustryAbout AuthorNancy is a 35-year old stay at home mom of two. She worked as a medical assistant for five years beforetaking a break to be with her children. Her experience as a medical assistant gave her valuable insights into the medical billing and coding industry, which she likes to share with others through her writing.Medical billing and coding programs often find mention in her writings. Her expertise in Medical billingand coding training stems from her extensive research on the subject.Her other interests include gardening and baking. She stays in Cleveland, OH with her husband and twodaughters.

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