Precyse to create 1,000 new coding jobs

Medical coding positions will make it possible for people to work at home, officials say
By Bernie Monegain
11:13 AM

Precyse, performance solutions and Vermont HITEC, a not-for-profit education center, are partnering to fill Precyse’s current and future medical coding workforce development needs in Vermont.

The two organizations are now recruiting candidates for the first session of the medical coding education program to train candidates as at-home medical coders for Precyse. The program is a collaborative effort involving the U.S. Department of Labor, Vermont Department of Labor, Vermont Agency of Commerce, Vermont HITEC and Precyse.

Vermont HITEC has partnered with businesses to employ more than 1,000 individuals in the healthcare, information technology and advanced manufacturing fields. The medical coding positions allow Precyse colleagues to work from home.

The Precyse program offers a combination of no-cost education and the advantage of working from home while receiving a competitive wage and full benefits. This presents an opportunity for those living in rural regions of Vermont with limited career opportunities, and is a great option for those who are looking for a fresh start with a new career, as no prior healthcare experience is needed for candidates to apply to the Precyse program.

The program is offered at no cost to applicants who reside in Vermont. Candidates who have been unemployed for an extended period of time are encouraged to apply, as the educational program and apprenticeship is specifically designed to support Vermonters who are pursuing a significant career
an industry leader in health information management change or have been out of the work force, or who are recent graduates struggling to find a job.

"Vermont residents are in need of opportunities for higher skill jobs at higher wages. This program is a great example of how Vermont State government, the healthcare industry, and our non-profit sector can collaborate to bring living-wage jobs to Vermont," said Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, in announcing the program.

"This training program – with guaranteed jobs at the conclusion – is the right way to invest our state’s training money, as it has both immediate gains and long-term sustainability for our Vermont economy and citizens," he added. "I am pleased to see pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs being used successfully in our state to match and educate motivated, hardworking unemployed and underemployed Vermonters with good-paying career opportunities."

"Vermont HITEC, in partnership with the State of Vermont, provides Vermonters with the education they need to thrive professionally in rewarding careers," comments U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, in a press statement. "The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in our economy. I am pleased to see pre- apprenticeship, apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs being used successfully in our state to match and educate motivated, hardworking unemployed and underemployed Vermonters with good- paying career opportunities."

Potentially 15 individuals will be selected for the 10-week education program with Precyse through an extensive recruitment process, officials say. This education will prepare individuals to take the medical coding certification exam, issued by the American Academy of Professional Coders. Upon graduation from the program, participants will fill one of the open medical coder apprentice positions. All positions will receive full wages and benefits.

“Our team is excited to partner with the State of Vermont and Vermont HITEC on this initiative,” said Chris Powell, CEO of Precyse, in a news release. “But for the economic growth incentives offered by the state and the state funding to cover the costs of the education, Precyse would continue its practice of hiring these jobs in other states and outsourcing overseas. This partnership will help us to enhance our medical coding services for the healthcare industry while providing Vermont residents exciting and rewarding careers. It’s a win-win.”