US firm to produce medical encoders in Oro
Saturday, January 10, 2015
THE second largest healthcare association in the United States visited Cagayan de Oro City on Thursday to encourage nurses and graduates of other science related courses who are jobless or under employed to be trained for a high paying job.American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), a company advancing the business of healthcare, said they want to source certified medical encoders (ME) in other areas as the US and other developed countries are experiencing severe shortage of highly trained encoders, essential to keep hospitals and health institutions to operate efficiently.Cagayan de Oro has been chosen by AAPC, the first outside Manila, to locate and train interested parties to become MEs especially those who are with medical training and experiences.Dan Schwebach, AAPC vice president during his meeting and visit with city officials here said they chose to establish training areas in the city in collaboration with the schools and universities.“We prefer CdeO after Manila and establish a chapter here since the city exhibits a strong belief in education and the wealth of professionals, especially nurses, is huge, which would make a good match for medical coding industry,” Schwebach said, adding that CdeO ranks second among the competitive cities in the country and for having the needed technology and infrastructure.Specialized Outsource Partners Inc. (OOPI) said that it would handle AAPC’s trainings initially in partnership with Capitol University where they already have the facilities.Dean E. Toro, OOPI chairman, said that CdeO based on studies conducted has around 28,000 nurses who are currently not employed or are working, but outside their field of discipline.Toro said that coming of AAPC is a big boost in the employment program of the city as well as the nearby areas.He said that OOPI will be in charge of training and is currently coordinating with schools and universities, endorsing the inclusion of medical coding in the curriculum.AAPC will certify a trainee and whose certification is going to be recognized worldwide.
The company was founded in 1988 to provide education and professional certification to physician-based medical coders and elevate the standards of medical coding by providing student training, certification, ongoing education, networking, and job opportunities. It has more than 143,000 members in the US and 10,000 plus members internationally that include India, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Bahamas, Germany, Canada and South Africa.