Making Use of the Blood Pressure Chart at Home

Whether or not an individual is admitted to a hospital, if that person has a history of hypertension, then a blood pressure chart outside of the hospital or doctor’s clinic is a great way to keep track of the readings from the comforts of their home. With a meticulous recording in the blood pressure chart at home, the doctor will not have a hard time determining what is going on inside the body of his patient.

Some people may also get confused over the numerals in the BP chart and what they mean. Normally, the chart will have base numbers which indicate what can be normal or abnormal readings. The interpretations are usually written in a systolic reading or diastolic manner. If the numbers are below the base numbers, then that is called hypotension; hence, it can be just as alarming as hypertension which has reading results above the base.

This is a normal reading: 90-119mmHg/60-70mmHg. Any results that are higher than these are already considered any of the following: pre-hypertension, Stage 1 or Stage 2 hypertension.

Depending on the taken, the physician may either advice for a maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and tell you to go home and continue whatever it is you are doing, or he can say that an immediate course on how to lower blood pressure quickly would be a fantastic move as this can help lower the hypertension along with medications, or go ahead and say that an admittance to the hospital would be safe.

Moreover, the BP chart can also be used at home for a home monitoring activity. This activity is done even when there is no need for concern or after a stay in the hospital. This is a great tool to use especially as the recording of BP readings are really important basis of information in case of any emergency.

Anyone of the family member can make a blood pressure chart just like anyone can use a BP machine that can be bought almost anywhere. As the apparatus also comes with information of how to use inclusive of a chart to base results on, it is quite user friendly. A blood pressure chart is not something to be afraid of, it is just a piece of paper where you can write numbers based from readings, and you can even use a pencil or a ballpen.

Printable Reward Charts – The 3 Keys For Sure Success

If you have used printable reward charts with your children in the past, you have probably experienced frustration once or twice. That’s because, while reward charts are a great teaching tool, they are often used too casually to produce results.

To see results using printable charts, you’ll need to organize your efforts a bit. The good news is these ideas are not difficult. Consistency is the real key here.

1. Be clear.

Do your kids know exactly why you are asking them to participate in using a reward chart? I mean EXACTLY why? Before you fill out one chore or behavior chart, you need to sit down with yourself and ask what you want to accomplish using these tools.

* Are you trying to teach a specific chore? For example, how, when and what to clean? Or getting control of clutter?

* Are you trying to improve your child’s organizational habits? Or are you really trying to improve *your* organizational habits?

* Are you aiming for character development training? Improving a bad attitude or dealing with non-stop sibling rivalry?

* Do you really need printable homework charts instead of reward charts?

The point here is that until you are crystal clear about what you are aiming for, you probably are not going to achieve it. Once you get clear on your goal, explain this to your child. For example, if you tell your child that he needs to keep his room clean but don’t spell that out in detail, you can be assured that your idea of his room being clean and his idea are totally different.

So be clear with your expectations, explain them to your child and write those expectations on the reward charts you use. Now everyone is on the same page.

2. Be positive.

No one likes to be nagged. In over 27 years of parenting I’ve never seen nagging produce lasting results. Momentary ones, yes. But then you must keep nagging and you will get less and less satisfactory results.

There’s got to be a better way and there is.

Keep the whole process positive and matter-of-fact. Use rewards and prizes to keep people excited and in the game, but remember, ultimately, family members have to take ownership of the tasks you put on the reward charts in order to be successful. Nagging keeps you owning the situation. A positive attitude puts the ball back in your child’s court.

“I see by looking at your reward chart that you have two items left to work on today (or whatever the situation is in your home). Those must be done by dinnertime; let me know when they are completed.” (What if they won’t do their chores? That’s called consequences; keep reading.)

No nagging. Remember, your attitude will be picked up by your child. As the parent, you set the tone in your home. Kids of any age have difficulties with their attitudes; it’s called growing up. Be straightforward and let your kids know that positive is the tone you want in your home. Then show them how to do it and practice together.

3. Follow through.

Since you’re reading an article about reward charts, you must be interested in offering your kids a reward or prize for some sort of behavior modification. That’s fine, just make sure you follow through. Nothing will kill motivation faster in your household than a child learning that she won’t *really* get the reward she was promised for doing her part.

Likewise, if there are consequences for not getting the tasks completed you have assigned (and there must be consequences), then those must be followed through on as well or you have no hope of motivating your child to change their behavior. All children test their parent’s boundaries with great consistency. This is normal behavior. Likewise, it’s normal parenting behavior to have to enforce the boundaries that have been set.

Obviously, what this really means is that you, as the parent, must give careful consideration to both rewards and consequences before this process even starts. Don’t overdo or under-do. No trips to Disneyland for a clean bathroom and no groundings for forgetting to hang up a towel once. Bottom line is always the Golden Rule. Treat others as you want to be treated. And enforce those boundaries!

Using printable reward charts can be a ‘rewarding’ experience in a family if you remember to use these tools effectively by getting clear on your expectations, staying positive and following through from start to finish. Consistency with these three keys will yield tremendous success over the lifetime of your family.

How To Make Money Doing Medical Coding From Home

The first step in becoming a medical coder is certification. There are many types of medical coding certification available but only two are recognized nationwide and sought after by employers. These two certifications are the “Certified Professional Coder” credential (commonly referred to as the CPC) and the “Certified Coding Specialist” credential (often referred to as the CCS).

The CPC credential is offered by the American Academy of Professional Coder (AAPC) and the CCS is offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). In order to obtain either of these certifications individuals must sit for the organization’s 5 – 6 hour examination.

Often individuals choose to obtain only one medical coding certification, which one depends on several things, such as area of interest and prior experience. The CPC credential offered by the AAPC is recognized for the “professional” side of coding. This means that physicians, private practices, emergency medicine, and other outpatient services utilize individuals with this credential. The CCS credential offered by AHIMA is recognized more for the “facility” side of coding. This means that hospitals utilized individuals with this credential for in-patient coding.

After deciding which credential you wish to earn it is strongly suggested (but not required) that a coding education is obtained. Medical coding courses vary greatly, from introductory to extensive. Most medical coding courses offered through vocational schools and community colleges are considered “introductory” course. These courses were created to teach just the basics to individuals who are entering other aspects of the medical field (such as an RN or MA). An introductory course is a good idea if you are considering the medical coding field but are unsure if it is the correct career choice for you. However, if you know that medical coding is what you want to do then you will want to take a more extensive medical coding course.

An extensive medical coding course should state what credential it will prepare you for (remember that if it prepares you for any credential other than the CPC or CCS you will have a difficult time finding employment and/or recognition). Extensive courses should include all three medical coding books in its curriculum. Many coding courses teach on the ICD-9-CM and CPT but fail to provide adequate education regarding the HCPCS book. The course should also offer timed examinations periodically, introduce just the basics of the billing cycle, and should be no less than 80 contact hours in length.

Once your education is complete you will need to apply for membership and submit an application for the examination to either the AAPC or AHIMA (depending on which credential you choose to obtain). Upon passing the examination you will be awarded your CPC or CCS credential.

Since most companies that hire remotely require 2-3 year of prior experience, finding an entry level medical coding position will be the next step in your career journey. On the job training and experience is invaluable and provides education that cannot be obtained in a classroom. Many individuals find getting the first job without already having experience to be the most difficult step. Many coders often start out in front desk positions or working in the medical records department. Getting a foot in the door anywhere and working toward the place you want to be may need to be considered. Other suggestions for getting coding experience are to do a non-paid extern program (like project extern through the AAPC). Frequenting the AHIMA and AAPC forums and/or local chapter meetings also provide multiple job leads and helpful advice. Getting the first job may be the hardest step in this process, but if it can be overcome you will be rewarded for years to come.

After obtaining your 2-3 years of on the job medical coding experience you will find that multiple companies (including those that hire remotely) will consider you for employment. Most (but not all) work from home medical coding jobs are independent contract positions. What this means is that instead of being an hourly employee you are considered “self-employed” and are paid for the amount of work you do (in this case you would be paid for each medical record you code).

Earning good money while working from home as a medical coder depends mainly on two things: Accuracy and Speed. Since most medical coders who work from home are paid per. chart, the faster they code the more they earn. Most companies who hire at home medical coders realize this though and in order to prevent sloppy work they hold coders to a specific accuracy rate. They accomplish this by randomly auditing charts the coder has completed. These charts must maintain the accuracy rate set by the company or the medical coder’s contract will be terminated, (most accuracy rate are between 94% – 98%).

Contracts vary from company to company, but should include specifics such as: the number of charts that will be coded per. day, week, or month; payment per. chart; accuracy rate that must be maintained. Rates also vary depending on the company, type of coding (professional or facility), and the specialty being coded. For our example we will use emergency medicine, which is professional coding.

Most companies hold emergency medicine coders (on average) to a 25 chart per. hour rate and a 96% accuracy, coder are usually paid.65-.75 per chart. Based off of these numbers this is the type of work one might expect through a contract:

25 chart per. hours, working a standard 40 hour work week an individual may contract for 1000 charts per. week (or 500 for part time). 1000 charts coded each week at.75 per. chart would bring home a weekly pay of $750.00 ($1500.00 bi-weekly or $3000.00 monthly). Looking at this from an hourly perspective, based on these numbers, an individual would make $18.75 per. hour.

While these numbers are respectable consider using the same pay rate of.75 per. chart for a coder who can accurately code 40 charts per. hour. At that rate an individual could bring home $1600.00 each week ($3200.00 bi-weekly or $6400.00 monthly) and average $40.00 per. hour. An individual in this situation could also choose to code a full time contract, receive full time pay, but only code part-time hours.

While this type of goal is achievable and available it is important to remember that it also is not an overnight “get-rich-quick” career that some sell it as. Like any career, working from home as a medical coder will take some dedication and hard work, but if you properly invest in your education, are willing to start out in an entry level position and gain experience, then you can reap the many benefits of working from home in a rewarding career for years to come.