The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a 2,800 plus page federal law that fundamentally changes the way payers (insurance companies) can structure their policies and provides new ways to help U.S. citizens pay for healthcare insurance. According to Casale, et al. (2011), about two-thirds of Americans currently have health insurance, with the majority of those from employer plans. Approximately 98% of businesses with over 200 employees offer health insurance to their employees. The other third will be expected to purchase insurance or become eligible for Medicare or Medicaid.
Massage has been around for thousands of years, and it is continuing to evolve. New research is now proving the effectiveness of massage for numerous conditions and demographics. There are some conditions though for which massage may not be beneficial. When going to get a massage, make sure you discuss your health conditions with the massage therapist to ensure you receive the best massage treatment.
Northwestern College is a career college. That means we focus on knowledge and skills to help you achieve your future career goals. The top five skills that healthcare employers are looking for in health information technology (HIT) are listed below. We focus on all five of these areas in the HIT curriculum. The skills you learn in class will become valuable as you transition from being a student to being an employee.
Healthcare personnel (HCP) may be at risk for exposure to serious diseases. If you work directly with patients or handle material that could spread infection, you should receive the appropriate vaccines to reduce the chance that you will get or spread diseases. Make sure you are up-to-date with the following recommended vaccines so you will not only protect yourself, but also your patients and your family.
Massage therapists bring stress relief and muscular healing to clients with just a touch. The demand for massage therapists continues to grow, not only for relaxation, but for physical therapy, rehabilitation, pain management, etc. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that employment for massage therapists will increase 20% faster than the average job growth rate between 2010 and 2020. This is not surprising as a greater variety of organizations are starting to hire these specialists. Aside from massage studios and resort spas, private offices, hospitals, fitness centers, dance academies, and even shopping malls now employ individuals with massage therapy training.
Like Edwin Rolfe said “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. You should not judge a person by their appearance, but most patients in the medical office will. Unfortunately the older patients’ who are not familiar with the latest in trends like tattoos and piercings will be judgmental. They might even question your competence — even though you were an honor student and can perform your skills with the utmost care. Patients will even refuse care from someone that they feel threatened by.
Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence or CARE in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy is a bill that was introduced to the House of Representatives in March 2013. While the bill is fairly new, the momentum behind it has been growing over time. Professionals in the radiologic sciences have been pushing for this bill for ten years.
One who is contemplating entering the field of radiography today can look forward to an ever changing technological environment. The number of advances in technology over the past few years is truly mind-boggling! When I started as a technologist 30 years ago, things were much different. Radiographic examinations that were once performed as “common-place” (i.e. IVPs – kidney exams, UGI – stomach exams, and LGI-colon exams), have been replaced by much quicker and more efficient examinations, which yield even greater diagnostic value. The scarcity of these exams today, is due in large part to equipment improvements and the use of more sophisticated imaging modalities. Even the physical environment of a radiology department has changed. Working darkrooms for processing radiographic films have become obsolete. Gone too are the light boxes that once hung near the processor and were used for viewing films. Today, high tech computer screens display images that can be manipulated in so many different ways, yielding greater diagnostic information without additional irradiation of the patient.
There are things you learn during the course of your education that may pique your interest or with which you feel an especially strong connection. It is part of a student’s experience to be conscious of those connections, and identify why those connections are so strong. For example, if you like reading through medical documentation and deciphering medical terms to determine the course of treatment, then you may exhibit the following:
- Increased attention to detail
- Interest in one or more of the following medical sciences: medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, or pharmacology
- Interest in puzzles/riddles
- Methodical in nature
Becoming a radiologic technologist is a big step. But it is only the first step into a field that requires a dedication to lifelong learning. There is no way around it. Even if you make the choice to remain a radiologic technologist working in the general radiology department (which is, by the way, an excellent choice and destination of many R.T.s) you will still find yourself always furthering your education. Technology is always changing in this field and patient care is too. New equipment, new hospital policies, and new procedures will keep you on your toes. Then there are the continuing education credits required by the credentialing organization for R.T.s, the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists). Twenty-four continuing education credits are required every two years to maintain your registration.