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Precyse to create 1,000 new coding jobs | Healthcare IT News

Precyse to create 1,000 new coding jobs | Healthcare IT News | Healthcare and Technology news |

Precyse, performance solutions and Vermont HITEC, a not-for-profit education center, are partnering to fill Precyse’s current and future medical coding workforce development needs in Vermont.

The two organizations are now recruiting candidates for the first session of the medical coding education program to train candidates as at-home medical coders for Precyse. The program is a collaborative effort involving the U.S. Department of Labor, Vermont Department of Labor, Vermont Agency of Commerce, Vermont HITEC and Precyse.

Vermont HITEC has partnered with businesses to employ more than 1,000 individuals in the healthcare, information technology and advanced manufacturing fields. The medical coding positions allow Precyse colleagues to work from home.

The Precyse program offers a combination of no-cost education and the advantage of working from home while receiving a competitive wage and full benefits. This presents an opportunity for those living in rural regions of Vermont with limited career opportunities, and is a great option for those who are looking for a fresh start with a new career, as no prior healthcare experience is needed for candidates to apply to the Precyse program.

The program is offered at no cost to applicants who reside in Vermont. Candidates who have been unemployed for an extended period of time are encouraged to apply, as the educational program and apprenticeship is specifically designed to support Vermonters who are pursuing a significant career
an industry leader in health information management change or have been out of the work force, or who are recent graduates struggling to find a job.

"Vermont residents are in need of opportunities for higher skill jobs at higher wages. This program is a great example of how Vermont State government, the healthcare industry, and our non-profit sector can collaborate to bring living-wage jobs to Vermont," said Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, in announcing the program.

"This training program – with guaranteed jobs at the conclusion – is the right way to invest our state’s training money, as it has both immediate gains and long-term sustainability for our Vermont economy and citizens," he added. "I am pleased to see pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs being used successfully in our state to match and educate motivated, hardworking unemployed and underemployed Vermonters with good-paying career opportunities."

"Vermont HITEC, in partnership with the State of Vermont, provides Vermonters with the education they need to thrive professionally in rewarding careers," comments U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, in a press statement. "The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in our economy. I am pleased to see pre- apprenticeship, apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs being used successfully in our state to match and educate motivated, hardworking unemployed and underemployed Vermonters with good- paying career opportunities."

Potentially 15 individuals will be selected for the 10-week education program with Precyse through an extensive recruitment process, officials say. This education will prepare individuals to take the medical coding certification exam, issued by the American Academy of Professional Coders. Upon graduation from the program, participants will fill one of the open medical coder apprentice positions. All positions will receive full wages and benefits.

“Our team is excited to partner with the State of Vermont and Vermont HITEC on this initiative,” said Chris Powell, CEO of Precyse, in a news release. “But for the economic growth incentives offered by the state and the state funding to cover the costs of the education, Precyse would continue its practice of hiring these jobs in other states and outsourcing overseas. This partnership will help us to enhance our medical coding services for the healthcare industry while providing Vermont residents exciting and rewarding careers. It’s a win-win.”

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Patient Portals: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly -

Patient Portals: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - | Healthcare and Technology news |

I experienced the “pain” of accessing and managing multiple provider portal sites firsthand following an injury and subsequent surgery earlier this year. In the months following my hospitalization, I walked away with paperwork and access codes to five different patient portal sites, including my PCP, surgeon, the initial hospital where I received emergency treatment, the hospital where I had surgery, and in addition (not related to my injury) my OB/Gyn, and recently, my dentist! Despite my healthcare IT background, it was a daunting task to sign up for each site and as you can imagine the lack of linkage leads to a very fragmented view of my patient data.

But, the fragmented view is only the beginning of the problem with multiple portals. There are multiple log-ins and each portal has different requirements for my user ID and password. One site advertises that they are a “Healthkey” member, and if your providers are all members then you can link user IDs and passwords, resulting in one user ID and password for all sites. In my case, only one out of the five portals offered this feature. Another portal offered the use of Facebook, Google, LiveID, and Yahoo as a log-in, with the disclaimer that the only advertised “secure” site was the vendors’ login.

Another difficulty is that each portal looks and feels different. Each portal offers its own navigation, verbiage and menus. A “roadmap” for each would be helpful or maybe it would add to the confusion. Perhaps most alarming is that each portal contained different “pictures” of my healthcare information, including conflicting medication lists. None of the current medication lists were accurate. Some had missing active medications, some listed medications that I no longer take, some contained the wrong dosage, while others listed no medications at all.

Only one portal (my PCP’s portal) was close to containing an accurate medical history, and even that was incomplete. Only three out of five portals contained lab test results, just one had a complete list, and two contained imaging results.

How do we make the patient portal experience better? A few thoughts:

  • Offer additional ways to consolidate and standardize patient user IDs and passwords
  • Create and follow a standard model for menus and navigation
  • Develop a single repository for access to all data or optimize sharing of patient healthcare data between systems
  • Standardize accuracy requirements for entry of healthcare data to provide a consistent, accurate view for all patients

Some organizations are moving toward standardization. One vendor has developed a “shared” patient portal and while the concept is on track, there is still the option to customize the look and feel based on organizational build decisions. The result is a fragmented record that almost looks the same. Both of the hospitals I was treated at use the “same” EHR, but each EHR utilizes their organization’s version. In order for healthcare organizations and providers to meet Meaningful Use (MU) requirements for patient access to their electronic healthcare records, and communication with their patients, they will need to simplify the process overall. Personally, I was ready to pitch all of the information on these portals when I realized how much of my time would be involved, measured in hours, not minutes. And that’s not counting the time I could spend logging into each portal to update (and correct) my personal healthcare information. The typical patient will not have the patience, and quite possibly the ability to handle management of multiple sites and all that goes with them. And while we have come a long way, there’s still much work to do in simplifying patient portals.

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