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Health Care Journals: Federal Register


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About the Federal Register

The Federal Register is the daily newspaper of the federal government and is a legal newspaper published every business day by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

The Federal Register contains:

1. Federal Agency Regulations
2. Proposed Rules and Public Notices
3. Executive Orders
4. Proclamations
5. Other Presidential Documents ( The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, 2016).

NARA’s Office of the Federal Register is in partnership with the Government Printing Office (GOP) responsible for preparation, distribution, of the Federal Register in paper, on microfiche, and on the web (The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, 2016).

Reading the Federal Register

The Federal Register raises citizens awareness of their rights and obligations and grants access to various Federal benefits and opportunities for funding (The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, 2016).

Who Uses The Federal Register?

In the case of this research topic, medical billers and coders utilize the Federal Register to stay abreast of all policies, standards, and regulations regarding health care and health care reform. Changes to health care policies are usually released October 1st of every year. However, this may be superceded if an executive order is in place.

How To Use The Federal Register

1. Go to a specific agency.
2. Go to a specific topic.
3. Current Issue 371 pages. 3 Significant Documents
4. The Public Inspection web page on offers a preview of documents scheduled to appear in the next day’s Federal Register issue.
5. Barack Obama.

In conclusion, this is a useful tool in the case of information regarding health care information for medical billers and coders. As a college student, I had the liberty of using this fundamental newspaper to stay abreast of all the changes in health care. Some important topics covered: HIPAA policies and standards and Executive Orders. This is vital to anyone obtaining a degree in Health Care.


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Health Care Journals: Basics Of Medical Terminology


I have an Associate of Science degree in Medical Billing and Coding. It was quite challenging learning the basics of health care rules, policies, standards, services, organizations, and language. However, I overcame this challenge and I graduated in September 2009 with inclusion on the “Dean’s List” for my school.

Medical Terminology was my favorite subject during the time of me acquiring a health care education. I know some of you would like to learn this language, but may be fearful that it may be difficult to learn. That’s so not true.  Medical Terminology is rather easy to learn as long as you understand the basics. A basic understanding of key concepts of learning can enable you to build your terminology skills in years to come.

The Basics Of Medical Terminology

The basics of medical terminology surrounds medical billing and coding students learning about different concepts of medical terminology in order to code doctor visits, procedures, services, and so on. Without any insight into the basics of medical terminology, one may not have a clear understanding of what they are looking at and evaluating on charts and in progress notes. And may even code wrong. Follow these guidelines in the paragraphs to come dedicated to learning medical terminology the correct way.

The 3 Parts Of A Word

Medical terms normally consist of 3 parts: roots, prefixes, and suffixes. When you put them all together, you have an in depth term that can now be coded. Oftentimes, terms consist of 3 parts. But not always do this rule apply in every case.

Roots- root words are the main parts of the word that can stand alone. The root word gives you an overall understanding of the term without the addition of prefixes and suffixes in the beginning. Sometimes terms can have more than one root word.

Prefixes- On the other hand, prefixes are usually found in the beginning of a word. A prefix is used to modify a word, specifying the time, location, or number in most cases.

Suffixes- Additionally, suffixes are usually added to the end of the word to simplify its meaning. They usually entail a condition, procedure, disorder, or disease.

In conclusion, having a good understanding of the root word enables you to get a clear understanding of the meaning easily. These are the basics of medical terminology that medical coders must use to perform their duties. Medical terminology is pretty easy to understand if you do what is needed to enhance your vocabulary. Happy Reading!

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