POTUS Highlights Coding Education in State of the Union

POTUS Highlights Coding Education in State of the Union

President Barak Obama invoked medical coding training in his State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress, Jan. 20.  Highlighting proposals to help middle and lower class Americans, Obama pointed to existing cooperative community college and business programs, which include medical coding training:

Thanks to Vice President Biden’s great work to update our job training system, we’re connecting community colleges with local employers to train workers to fill high-paying jobs like coding, and nursing, and robotics. Tonight, I’m also asking more businesses to follow the lead of companies like CVS and UPS, and offer more educational benefits and paid apprenticeships – opportunities that give workers the chance to earn higher-paying jobs even if they don’t have a higher education.

 AAPC works with several community colleges nationwide to provide and advise on curriculum for medical coding programs. The healthcare business professional organization also publishes several texts and provides on-line training for colleges and other educational institutions.

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Brad Ericson

Brad Ericson

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Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC, has been publisher for more than nine years. Before AAPC he was at Optum for 13 years and at Aetna Health Plans before that. He has been writing and publishing about healthcare since 1979. He received his Bachelor's in Journalism from Idaho State University and his Master's of Professional Communication degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.
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Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC, has been publisher for more than nine years. Before AAPC he was at Optum for 13 years and at Aetna Health Plans before that. He has been writing and publishing about healthcare since 1979. He received his Bachelor's in Journalism from Idaho State University and his Master's of Professional Communication degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.

5 Responses to “POTUS Highlights Coding Education in State of the Union”

  1. Steve Sisko says:

    I’m pretty sure when Obama said “coding” he meant of the software coding kind. Not ICD-10.

  2. Gina. Mcgoran says:

    Steve, I believe you are correct.

    Although all Professional Medical Coders would love for this to be a opportunity to spotlight Medical Coding, this is not the coding the President is addressing. He helped to kick off Hour of Coding, a movement to introduce youth to Computer programming and learning to write computer code in December, 2014.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2014/12/10/what-program-did-obama-write-to-kick-off-hour-of-code-2014/

  3. Chippi says:

    no it is medical coding only :) :) :)

  4. Suzanne Myrick says:

    I agree with Steve Sisko. The President referred to “high paying jobs,” so he couldn’t have meant “medical coding.”

  5. karen Braddock says:

    Has the presedent looked at what AHIMA is doing to refine roles and plan for future education on a college and university level?
    Has he looked at the large number of certified people who cannot get jobs?
    Has he looked at the effects of computer assisted coding on the job market?
    Has he considered that physicians have pushed coding into the nursing role because coders are not medical personnel with a medical education?
    Time for reality.

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