Health Care Sector Continues to Add Jobs

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Hiring in the health care sector remained robust last month, with the field adding 31,000 jobs in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The BLS noted that the sector as a whole has generated approximately 296,000 jobs over the last year, with some of the biggest gains made at hospitals and in ambulatory health care services, which refers to programs that are provided to people on an outpatient basis.

If you are considering a career in health care, there are many areas of the sector that are expected to see continued growth well into 2013. As a matter of fact, Bill Spooner, senior vice president and chief informationl officer at Sharp Healthcare, told that health care tech jobs will continue “to be a hot job market for the next two-three years.”

According to Spooner, changes in coding systems, the adoption of mobile devices, cloud computing and big data analysis will all be factors as medical companies and health care providers look to modernize their tech departments.

Beginning in 2014, the U.S. will need to update its diagnostic coding systems to The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) used by the World Health Organization under a mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The transition from the ICD-9 coding structure to ICD-10 is major. ICD-10 will provide far greater coding specificity for more accurate reimbursement and research, Spooner told the industry news outlet. “The transition entails changes to every computer system containing billing codes, more than 50 applications in many organizations, and extensive training of clinicians and coders alike.”

Also beginning in 2014, health care providers must meet certain requirements in order to make better use of the electronic health records (EHRs), with more rules set to go into place in 2016.

The move to the new, more efficient system may also mean that job seekers who have IT experience on their resumes could transfer some of their skills into the emerging field.  You many want to take on online aptitude test to determine if you will need additional education, which could include courses that will help you earn a registered health information technician (RHIT) certificate.

According to the American Health Information Management Association, job seekers with a RHIT certificate and on-the-job-training on their resume could advance into management positions, especially when combined with a bachelor’s degree.

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