The nonprofit OCHIN, which offers well being IT companies to greater than 500 well being clinics throughout 47 states, has launched OCHIN+, a studying and workforce improvement program designed to assist group well being facilities tackle challenges reminiscent of supplier burden and unprecedented ranges of employees turnover, whereas nurturing a sustainable and consultant healthcare workforce for the long run.
Based in 2000 with a imaginative and prescient to convey high-tech instruments to 6 group well being facilities in Oregon, in the present day Portland-based OCHIN serves clinics working with at the very least 5 million various and medically advanced sufferers throughout 47 states.
The brand new OCHIN+ portfolio launched with a licensed medical coding and billing program.
In a Q&A printed on OCHIN’s web site, Engers Fernandez, M.D., vice chairman of studying at OCHIN, defined why OCHIN determined it was vital to create a workforce improvement program now. He described it as core to the group’s bigger mission as a studying group centered on advancing well being fairness.
“Entry to inexpensive, culturally and linguistically acceptable care is vital to constructing the belief wanted to enhance the well being of native communities and tackle nationwide well being disparities—and that requires a sustainable, expert and consultant heathcare workforce,” he stated. “Our members, and plenty of others throughout the healthcare business, are struggling to handle burnout and retain expertise within the wake of COVID-19, and plenty of employees are leaving the business. On the similar time, there are lots of new employees who wish to start careers in healthcare however could also be confronted with monetary obstacles that stop them from enrolling in conventional programs. This creates a possibility for OCHIN to assist by offering specialised expertise and coaching alternatives whereas assembly the distinctive wants of the group well being facilities and demanding entry hospitals we serve. It’s a matter of matching these organizations with a various workforce who can have the best skillset. By leveraging our experience to organize these new employees, we’re offering an answer that may increase the scientific capability of group care organizations and assist mitigate present workforce challenges.”
Fernandez stated the medical billing and coding program is concentrated in three key areas: fostering monetary excellency, fostering operational excellence and bettering scientific outcomes. This system, by way of the certification of the American Academy of Skilled Coders (AAPC), teaches college students every thing that different medical billing and coding establishments train, in addition to specifics associated to the distinctive wants of federally certified well being facilities (FQHCs) and FQHC look-alikes.
Profitable completion of this system offers college students with certifications in each medical billing and coding – whereas many different programs present one or the opposite. Not solely will college students be taught the techniques they’ll really be engaged on of their careers, he stated, however they’ll have the chance to finish a paid internship within the OCHIN community.
He added that there’ll finally be a program centered on well being data administration, which can put together college students for careers in fields reminiscent of digital well being data analyses or engineering. “We’re constructing a curriculum centered on digital medical help to assist medical assistants put together for jobs in telehealth by gaining sensible expertise with MyChart, Epic and different digital instruments.”