Health Information Management

Tip: Address coder shortage with an apprentice program

APCs Insider, October 31, 2008

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Recruiting and retaining qualified coders is a never-ending challenge for HIM directors. Lisa Libby, RHIA, CCS, HIM director for Central Florida Regional Hospital, a 226-bed facility in Sanford, found a solution to the problem. Libby designed an apprentice program in which participants receive in-house training in exchange for their promise to continue working at the hospital for a specified period upon course completion.

The program, which Libby began three years ago, was the department’s only option for effectively recruiting and retaining coders. Technological and other limitations were a major impediment.

“The facility did not have an electronic record or scanning solution, so remote coding was not an option,” she says. “Incentive plans were prohibited by corporate regulations.”

 (This tip was adapted from Medical Records Briefing. To view the entire article, click here.)



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