Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

The Morris-Sussex-Warren Workforce Investment Board and its One-Stop Career Center network are part of a pilot program offering free online training courses in Medical Billing and Coding.

The federally-funded training includes an array of online courses provided by MEDCOM, a producer of healthcare training materials, and a certificate in Medical Billing and Coding offered by Essex County College upon completion of 10 mandatory online core courses.

The goals of the pilot program include improving and increasing healthcare employee retention, reducing the state’s unemployment rate by placing individuals in jobs, and enhancing the skills of new and existing employees, said Jack Patten, director of the Workforce Investment Board. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the demand for medical billing and coding professionals is, and will remain high, according to Patten.

“Medical billing and coding is an excellent career that offers a tremendous amount of growth and flexibility,” Patten said. “The majority of medical billers and coders get certified, and some eventually start their own medical billing business from home. This is great career for stay at home moms who are interested in working from home.”

Among other things, billers and coders make sure the medical professionals get paid for services and supplies and assign codes to specific illnesses, injuries, and medical procedures under a system of coding that is used across the healthcare system, from doctors’ offices and hospitals to insurance companies, Patten said.

According to Patten, to be eligible to participate in the training program, an applicant must meet certain criteria including being a U. S. citizen and a resident of Morris, Sussex, Warren, Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Essex, Middlesex or Union County. He said an applicant must also have basic computer, reading and writing skills and knowledge of the Internet.

Additional information about the program may be obtained by contacting the program coordinator Gessika Mathieu at [email protected] or Shanerah Green at [email protected] or by calling (973) 877-1904.