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PIA Press Release
2008/02/28

Demand for medical billing, coding continue to increase

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (28 February) -- There is great opportunity for jobs on medical billing and coding as the demand continue to increase.

Lizabel Holganza, chairman of the Davao ICT Council and president of the MTC Academy said they had been getting invitations for job opportunities of this sort but there is not enough expertise yet from human resource.

She said the demand especially from the US is great because medical health practitioners need to upgrade their level to ICD-10 from their current level of ICD-9.

As this developed she said they are in collaboration with D-11 Outsource Inc. with MeDuCons Ltd. Inc. for a three days seminar on ICD-10 and DSM Nosology.

The ICD-10 is used to code and classify mortality data from death certificates, having replaced ICD-9. The ICD-10 is copyrighted by the World Health Organization (WHO), which owns and publishes the classification. WHO has authorized the development of an adaptation of ICD-10 for use in the United States for US government purposes. And as agreed, all modifications to the ICD-10 must conform to WHO conventions for the ICD.

Holganza said the seminar will be held next month and several medical practitioners and other allied health practitioners had already signified their intention to attend the seminar including those from the provinces.

She said the seminar aims to help hospitals and other health facilities comply with ICD-10 training requirements for the Department of Health and the Philippine Health Insurance Commission accreditation.

She also said that ICD is a system of categorizing or grouping diseases, injuries, conditions and procedures using specified codes assigned according to set criteria. The use of ICD is a vital requirement in the processing and renewal of hospital licenses by the DOH and Philhealth for all primary, secondary and tertiary hospitals.

"ICD 10 ensures the quality of data generated in all aspects of health development," she said.

Interested parties may confirm participation not later than February 29 or better call 082-2226822 and look for Daisy Sy. (PIA) [top]

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