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Headlines from medical industry highlight growth, demand

As the medical industry continues to grow, so does the need for more professionally trained medical assistants.

In an effort to highlight the continued growth of the medical industry and its impact on the need for more medical assistants, here is a roundup of recent headlines from the medical field.

Industry works towards efficiency

Many businesses and organizations in the medical field are looking to increase efficiency.

“Study after study tells us that we pay too much for health care in the United States, and we’re no healthier than the people in nations that spend much less,”Mark Bertolini recently reported for USA Today. “A 2012 Institute of Medicinereport on health care spending in 2009 estimated that of the $2.7 trillion national spend on health care that year, 30 percent — or $810 billion — was wasted on unnecessary services, inefficient service delivery, fraud and abuse, predatory pricing and excessive administrative costs.

“More recently, the Commonwealth Fund looked at 11 industrialized nations andranked the United States highest in per capita spending and lowest in overall performance.”

In an effort to control costs, the medical field is looking for ways to become more efficient and that includes hiring medical assistants who can work in an efficient manner.

“The health care system is creeping forward against all forms of waste,” Bertolini adds. “When consumers hear about accountable care agreements or payment reform, they are hearing about new efforts to improve care quality and dramatically reduce waste.”

Medical insurance access growing

As more people gain access to medical insurance, the demand for medical care, and the need for medical assistants, continues to grow.

“About 10.3 million Americans gained health coverage this year, primarily as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to astudy by the federal government and Harvard University, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine,”reported Phil Galewitz with Kaiser Health News. “The estimate of newly insured adults — the largest to date — is the first published in a major medical journal and authored by some federal health researchers.”

The healthcare law remains controversial, but it has provided a boost in healthcare demand. Employers in doctor offices, hospitals and clinics across the country are meeting that demand with increased hiring, including for professionally trained medical assistants.

Technology use on the rise in healthcare

The healthcare industry is experiencing an increase in technology and the expansion of online medical records that will lead to more discoveries of illness and disease, thus leading to more treatment and more visits to doctor offices and hospital specialist.

The healthcare industry is made up of many moving parts that work together to provide care for the country’s sick. Nurses and doctors provide the hands on medical care, emergency transportation workers ensure that those needing immediate assistance are taken care of and able to get to the proper healthcare official quickly and insurance companies provide the money to support the system.

There is a need for medical assistants who work to ensure insurance claims are able to be sent to insurance providers, avoiding long waits for people in need of medical care. These specialists also bill and code insurance claims that are increasingly a crucial part of today’s healthcare industry as more and more people have to navigate confusing insurance requirements. They also oversee medical records and files.

More health tracking needed

Medical records and reporting is driving the healthcare industry and its only going to grow. Arecent NPR article highlighted the need for even more healthcare reporting, which will only increase the need for medical assistants with training in health information technology.

“The healthcare community is not doing enough to track and prevent widespread harm to patients, and preventable deaths and injuries in hospitals and other settings will continue unless Congress takes action, medical experts said Thursday on Capitol Hill,” reported Marshall Allen for NPR.

The medical industry has increased its use of medical records and information sharing, but medical professionals believe more can be done.

“Our collective action in patient safety pales in comparison to the magnitude of the problem,” Dr. Peter Pronovost, senior vice president for patient safety and quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine,told NPR. “We need to say that harm is preventable and not tolerable.”


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