NEGROS Occidental and Bacolod City’s target of creating at least 5,000 jobs in the health information and management (HIM) industry gets a boost as a firm based in Bacolod City was selected as one of only two training service providers (TSPs) for medical coding approved by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

For HIM training, Tesda partnered with MedStar Philippines Health Information Management Inc. (PHIM) as the training service provider in the province to help implement its "TulongTrabaho" Scholarship Program.

Out of five training providers for HIM in the whole country, the agency only approved two, with one based in Manila.

"Tulong Trabaho’s" target beneficiaries are displaced workers, repatriated overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), out-of-school youths, and employed individuals who need upskilling to expand their capabilities and opportunities at work.

The agency is currently working with industries and associations under the priority sectors to develop industry-led training to ensure job opportunities after the training.

Together with Tesda, the Health Information Management Association of the Philippines (Himap) answers the call of the overall national strategy for talent development by searching for training providers like MedStar to roll out the training in medical coding through the agency’s funds.

MedStar Philippines is a human resource development and training affiliate of MedStar Billing Technology and Resources (MedStar USA), a medical billing company located at the heart of Manhattan, New York, USA.

Founder of MedStar Philippines and USA, Judilyn Cañete is proud of her Bacolod roots.

MedStar is an American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)-approved and Tesda-accredited training provider in the rollout of the AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) in the USA and Philippines.

CPC certification is internationally recognized as the gold standard and the most recognized and respected medical coding certification in the healthcare industry.

The maiden course is being conducted virtually and has 40 scholars availing of the program, starting December 13, 2021 until February 2022. Trainees are scheduled to take the US exam in March 2022.

MedStar Philippines has also partnered with the Visaya KPO, a company that provides healthcare information management and other services as an industry or enterprise partner.

The company will provide employment opportunities to the scholars who will fully complete the training and pass the AAPC Certified Professional Coder Certification Examinations to help realize the implementation of the "Tulong Trabaho" program of the Tesda.

This year, Visaya KPO will be expanding to Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, with a target of 1200 direct jobs, potentially becoming the largest healthcare information management company in Negros Occidental.

Medstar Philippines credits the strong collaboration among partners this year as an offshoot of the job targets set during 2017 Bacolod HIM Conference initiated by former Bacolod councilor, lawyer Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (Bnefit).

Batapa-Sigue as a strong national advocate for information and communications technology (ICT) jobs believes in the value of promoting the countryside as choice locations for digital jobs in order to provide opportunities to Negrenses and promote the province and its capital city as a top HIM industry destination in the Philippines.

MedStar Founder Cañete says they will also provide in-house scholarships for Negrenses who will not be qualified for Tesda scholarships, as part of her personal mission to give back to her home province. (PR)