The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) Missouri Career Center (MCC) is offering funding for job seekers interested in working in the healthcare industry and learning new skills. SLATE MCC, in partnership with St. Louis Community College (SLCC) and Madison County, IL, will assist qualified students with tuition and other expenses needed to obtain certificates of proficiency in Medical Billing and Coding from SLCC.
SLATE MCC is now recruiting and identifying participants that meet qualification requirements. Interested individuals should visit SLATE MCC and meet with an Employment and Training Advisor (ETA). While a background in healthcare is not necessary to be accepted into the program, all applicants must prepare and bring a summary explaining why they want to work in healthcare, along with a resume and a cover letter in electronic format.
An increased demand for Medical Billing and Coding specialists is predicted over the near future. The rapid adaptation of technology is moving healthcare providers over to electronic medical records, and there is a subsequent need for qualified personnel to help efficiently encode medical records used for diagnoses and clinical procedures, research and education. A certificate in Medical Billing and Coding will provide students with a solid foundation towards additional training in the emerging field of Health Information Technology.
The Medical Billing and Coding program takes place at SLCC's Forest Park campus. The program is a 45-credit-hour course that prepares students for entry-level positions as Medical Billing Specialists, Medical Coders, Claims Examiners, Healthcare Reimbursement Specialists and Health Insurance Specialists. Students will learn Diagnosis and Procedure coding standards and processes and will prepare for the American Health Information Management Association's CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) and CCA (Certified Coding Associate) certifications and the HRS (Healthcare Reimbursement Specialist) credential offered by the National Electronic Billers Alliance (NEBA). The first group of students will start the program this fall and is expected to graduate in spring 2014.
At SLATE MCC, applicants will be required to register, pass a work-ready assessment, show proficiency with MS Word and Excel, demonstrate typing skills (minimum 40 words per minute/7,500 key strokes per hour), and attend workshops on customer care, phone etiquette, and professional dress code (about 1.5 hours each). Afterwards, SLATE MCC staff will notify individuals who may proceed to the next step and enroll into the program. To speed up the recruitment process, applicants are encouraged to pre-register with Missouri Career Center online at jobs.mo.gov.