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CPC Certificate & Membership Now Offered

aapcBeginning Fall 2013, students enrolled in the Health Information Management program will receive free Student Membership in the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), plus receive a voucher for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam included in their tuition.

AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder credential is the gold standard for medical coding in physician office settings. CPC’s are critical to compliant and profitable medical practices and typically earn 20% more than non-certified coders. The CPC certificate increases your chances of being hired and retained in a competitive job market.*

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A Certified Professional Coder has proven by rigorous examination and experience that they know how to read a medical chart and assign the correct diagnosis (ICD-9), procedure (CPT®), and supply (HCPCS Level II) code for a wide variety of clinical cases and services.

* Source: http://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc.aspx

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Baseball & R2-D2

R2-D2Baseball and R2D2. What do they have in common?

Well, not much, unless you attended the Tennessee Smokies baseball game on Star Wars Day - May the 4th (be with you).

My daughter and son-in-law went to the game that night, and took my 10-year-old grandson, Davie, with them. Little Davie was very excited because he heard that he was going to get to meet R2D2, Darth Vader, and a host of other characters from Star Wars, courtesy of Fountainhead College of Technology.

And meet them he did. He had his picture made with R2-D2 and Boba Fett and even got to dress as a rebel fighter pilot. He loved the baseball game and the fireworks too. He was so excited that he called me on the way home from the game to tell me all about it.

Thanks, Fountainhead College of Technology, for giving my little grandson an unforgettable baseball and Star Wars experience.

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End of Semester Wind Down

HolidayfireplaceHalloween drifted by like a shadow in the hallway. Thanksgiving came and went in a cranberry haze. And in the classrooms of Fountainhead College of Technology, the first semester ground down to a difficult and welcome halt.

Yeah, it's about over. As of this writing, I've got a final exam tonight and a final exam tomorrow night.

I've written before about the disparity between linear time and experiential time; it just doesn't seem like I've been back in school since August. Now the Winter Holidays are upon us and students are about to take a three-week-long break. We need it. We're tired. Information bounces around in our brains like out-of-control bumper cars. Abbreviations, acronyms and chunks of mental pop-up text are screeching around our craniums, throwing sparks. The folks I'm in class with are droopy. Their shoulders slump forward and their brows furrow with intensity.

We're ready to wind down.

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Free Raffle from Club Med

StockingClub Med would like to thank all of the students, faculty, and staff here at Fountainhead College for your support and donations this semester for our bake sales and our toy collection drive.

We were able to donate lots of great toys to Toys for Tots, Mission of Hope, and also help a needy family in providing Christmas gifts for children who otherwise would not have received anything. To show our appreciation for your generosity, the Club is holding a free raffle on Tuesday, December 13. Two great prizes will be raffled in the morning classes and two in the evening classes.

Please stop by Room 1 and pick up a FREE raffle ticket to win a teddy bear or Christmas stockings full of candy, school supplies, toys, and other goodies.

Club Med supports the TN Children's Hospital for Christmas – and they will pick up tickets in the break room during the morning break.

Happy Holidays to all!

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HIM Students Pass CPC Exam

AAPC_copyI want to send out a big congratulations to two of our students, Amanda Tinch and Kayla Churchman, both of whom are current Health Information Management students. Amanda and Kayla passed their CPC (Certified Professional Coder) examination given through the American Academy of Professional Coders.

They are the first two students from Fountainhead College to take the exam and earn the CPC credential. Way to go, ladies! All of your hard work and studying have paid off. We are very proud of you both!

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What am I doing?

Jeffrey-Martin-croppedHere's an interesting new tactile experience:

I'm wearing scrubs. I've never worn scrubs before. I never had a reason to. I do now, though, because we have to wear them to class. Scrubs feel weird. They feel like the clothes you put on while you're waiting to put on other clothes. They're not so much articles of clothing; they're more like slipcovers for your body.

Let's review.

Regular readers know I'm a real student here at Fountainhead (all the cool kids call it FCT), but let's talk about my program for a little minute.

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Bake Sale Fundraiser for Children

bake-saleFountainhead College's Health Information Student Group, "Club Med of FCT," will host a Bake Sale this Thursday, October 27, during the student breaks throughout the day and evening. This is a fundraiser for Toys for Tots and Angel Tree to help children receive gifts this holiday season.

Please buy Raffle tickets to win a pie. A delicious pie will be raffled for both day and evening students, and the winners will be announced before the end of the last break in both day and evening classes.

So bring your sweet tooth! We will sell Cookies, Brownies, No-bake cookies, Fudge and more. Prices will be as low as .50 cents.

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