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Health-Tech Awarded Council on Occupational Education Accreditation
Memphis, TENNESSEE—September 18, 2017 – The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) has granted accreditation to Health-Tech Institute of Memphis (HTIM). Announcement of the action was made by Mr. James King, Commission Chair, following the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education on September 18, 2017.
The award of accreditation status is based on an evaluation to demonstrate that the institution meets not only the standards of quality of the Commission, but also the needs of students, the community, and employers.
“We are thrilled to be recognized for the healthcare and business services training offered by our institution,” said Melanie Washington, Health-Tech Institute of Memphis CEO/President. The institution was founded on a commitment to education and training and to provide area employers with qualified candidates for employment. The COE accreditation strengthens our capacity for longevity and expands our ability to deliver additional training services. We look forward to the future and fulfilling our vison to provide the most challenging yet inspiring learning experience for our students. Thus, positioning HTIM as the premier provider of qualified candidates for the demand industry sectors of healthcare and business services.”
Health-Tech Institute of Memphis was founded in 1999 in response to a widening skills gap between employers’ staffing needs and the available pool of qualified/trained applicants for employment. HTIM has been authorized as a post‑secondary school with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission since 2002. The institution has long served as an Eligible Training Provider with the City of Memphis/Workforce Investment Network under training programs funded by the United States Department of Labor and currently the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act - WIOA. The institution offers four (4) in-demand occupational training programs:
The Commission's evaluation process includes an extensive self-study by the institution and an intensive review by a visiting team of professional educators representing the Commission's member institutions from other states. Health-Tech Institute of Memphis began its self-study in July 2016 and underwent a team visit in April 2017. The visiting team chairperson was Terry Williamson.
The Council on Occupational Education, based in Atlanta, Georgia, offers quality assurance services to postsecondary technical education providers across the nation. Organized as a non‑profit corporation, the mission of the Council is to assure quality and integrity in career and technical education. Services offered include institutional accreditation (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), program quality reviews for states and technical education providers, and informational services. Most of the Council's work is carried out by qualified professional volunteers who are experts in technical education. Institutional membership in the Council is voluntary, but can be achieved only by becoming accredited. The Council's current membership makes it unique.
Members include postsecondary public technical institutes, specialized military and national defense schools, Job Corps Centers, private career schools, non-profit technical education providers, corporate and industry education units, and federal agency institutions. No other agency accredits and serves the diversity of organizations served by the Council. There are over 500 institutional members with COE.
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SUMMER 2017 Certifications
Health Information Management
MEMPHIS COMMITS TO REVAMPING SOUTH CITY
In the News: Health-Tech Institute of Memphis anticipates Memphis Downtown Commission's plans to revamp the historic South City area over the next 5 years. Ronald Washington, HTIM business leader, shares his promising outlook for the area that has been home to HTIM for 13 years with Fox 13 News.
FALL 2016 Certifications
Health Information Management
In the News: HTIM Joins City-Wide Effort to Provide Positive Opportunities for Memphis Youth
Health-Tech Institute of Memphis educates Memphians & develops the city’s workforce; joining Memphis’ grind addressing the city’s economic struggles. Recently, we joined the city's efforts to provide positive opportunities for Memphis' out-of-school youth aged 18-24. Young adults who are unemployed or underemployed, can receive free business and healthcare certification training, job-readiness skills training, & job placement assistance. This is a part of a concerted effort to see our youth, our future, realize their potential and deter them from negative influences. Our efforts were recently highlighted by Fox 13 News.
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The entry-level certifications administered by the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), has nationally recognized and conferred upon the successful completion of technical certification as a Certified Revenue Cycle Specialist-Professional (CRCS-P).
The certifications administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), has nationally recognized and conferred upon the successful completion of the requirements as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA).
The certifications administered by Certiport, has nationally recognized the successful completion of the requirements as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS).
Congratulations to our students for their hard work and dedication! The best is yet to come!
Credentialed Medical Assistants
Did you know that a recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) decision positions your medical assistant status as even more valuable to healthcare providers once you become certified?
Under the CMS rules established in late 2012, credentialed medical assistants can enter orders into the medical record for the computerized provider entry (CPOE), a task previously limited to licensed healthcare professionals. This means that medical assistant students who become credentialed can offer additional workflow efficiency and compliance benefits to their employers. This could heighten program exposure and credibility, and potentially provide valuable partnerships opportunites with local providers, which translates to increased placement rates.
ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Continuing Education Training
ICD-10 is happening- and it will change everything- not only for healthcare organizations that uses health information but for students who are currently training using ICD-9 -CM or former students who were trained under ICD-9 CM. As you know, October 1, 2015 ICD-9 -CM will replaced with ICD-10- CM and ICD-10-PCS. As with any changes (ICD-9 CM is over 30 years old), difficulty and confusion will be present. However, be rest assured that if you understand ICD-9- CM converting to ICD-10-CM should not be a problem if you get started now!
What Should You Do:
Certified Revenue Cycle Professional
Our partner, the American Association of Healthcare of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), has announced its mid-level Billing certification, Certified Revenue Cycle Professional (CRCP). AAHAM offers two types of Professional certification; one focused on the revenue cycle within an institutional (hospital, health system) setting and the other focused on the revenue cycle in a professional (physician, clinic) setting.
The Professional Revenue Cycle Certification validates the knowledge and skills possessed by a competent mid-level revenue cycle supervisor or manager. This certification is for the individual who desires confirmation and recognition of their expertise and/or for those who aspire to the excecutive level certification.
Who is eligible?
CRCP-I/CRCP-P exams are available to National AAHAM members, in good standing. Candidates must have a minimum of either two (2) years of healthcare experience oe two-year college or university associate's degree.
Methodist Lebonheur Healthcare Patient Financial Services
HTIM wants to announce our partnership with Methodist Lebonheur Healthcare Patient Financial Services! We will provide quality, confident, and efficient students from our Health-Information Management program to extern in their Billing Service Department.
Congratulations to Annette Bledsoe, a Health Information Management student, on her job opportunity with Methodist Lebonheur Healthcare Patient Financial Services! She was offered a position as a Reimbursement Specialist. All the hard work and dedication paid off!
HTIM is now Nationally Accredited.
Announcement by CEO Melanie K. Washington
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