It’s Back to School and National Immunization Awareness Month

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With summer break coming to an end, most children will be back to school beginning in August. This is a perfect time to reiterate the importance of vaccinations with August being National Immunization Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dedicated the month of August to educate the public and stress the importance of maintaining an immunization schedule proposed by the CDC. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases. With the invention and constant evolution of vaccinations, many of the diseases that were common in century’s prior, such as small pox and polio, have been virtually eliminated from the U.S. population. However, with constant population increase and the invention of air travel, it is important to reduce exposure to other existing diseases that might not be prominent in the U.S., as well as other common diseases that…

Arizona College Donates Blood for American Red Cross

Categories: Career Services, Phlebotomy, Uncategorized

Have you ever donated blood? Donating blood is a simple thing to do and it makes a significant impact in the lives of others. If you have ever needed surgery, there is a large chance that you have answered the question, “If required, would you be willing to accept a blood transfusion?” Donated blood and blood products processed from donated blood saves lives every day. Donated blood is used for many purposes; including patients who require a blood transfusion during or after surgery, chemotherapy patients during treatment, and for patients living with various medical conditions such as sickle cell disease. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and 41,000 pints of donated blood are used on a daily basis. Recently, both of our Arizona College campuses partnered with the American Red Cross, and held successful blood drives at each campus location. The Mesa Campus drive was held on…

Important Qualities to have as a Medical Assistant

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Have you been thinking about a career as a Medical Assistant? Do you know what qualities are important to have to be a successful Medical Assistant? What is a Medical Assistant responsible for during a typical workday? If you have ever been to a doctor’s office, chances are, a Medical Assistant has prepped you for your visit with the physician. A Medical Assistant is a vital part of the healthcare team and performs many tasks on a daily basis. The Medical Assistant is often the “wing man” for the physician, and performs clinical duties by prepping the patient for the physician’s examination by taking vital signs, recording symptoms and changes in medical information. Depending on the physician’s diagnosis of the patient, the Medical Assistant may give injections; perform procedures such as blood draws, urine dips, and mouth swabs, to name a few. The Medical Assistant also performs administrative duties such…

EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week!

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Have you ever experience a professional massage? If not, why not pencil in some “me” time, and schedule a professional massage? July 13th-19th, 2014 is officially EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a relaxing professional massage. Every year, Massage Therapists and Body-workers nationwide, lend their hearts and hands to raise awareness of the benefits of massage and body work. Arizona College will be observing EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week at our Glendale Campus with Chair Massage, Raffles and more. Contact Ms. Munoz, Massage Therapy Program Director for more information at: [email protected] Are you in need of a massage?  Arizona College offers massages in our Massage Clinic, Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 2:30p and 3:45p at a rate of $15 for Arizona College students and $20 for the general public. With our busy schedules these days, it is sometimes difficult to find time to relax…

Arizona College implements new Electronic Medical/Health Record Software Program

Categories: Medical Billing and Coding, Uncategorized

Have you ever heard of the term Electronic Medical Record or Electronic Health Record (EMR/EHR)?  If you have been to a doctor’s office or hospital recently, chances are your health information has been processed using this technology.  So what exactly is EMR/EHR?  According to The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is comprised of many components that work together to capture, create, share, maintain and store an accurate and complete patient health record. There are various systems, applications, standards and specifications that must be in place in order to meet the goal of true interoperability. The Health Information (Medical Billing & Coding) field is excited about the incoming Electronic Medical/Health (EMR/EHR) records requirements from the U.S. Government.  On February 17, 2009 the $787 billion, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law by the federal government. Included in this law is $19.2 billion intended…