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WCCC Summer Courses to Help in Certification

Posted May 23, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.

CALAIS _ For those medical professionals who have to pass a federal exam in order to be certified in Electronic Health Records or for those medical personnel in need of upgrading their skills, Washington County Community College is offering three summer programs this year that should help bolster a career in the medical field.

“We are always mindful of the needs of the professionals in our area,” WCCC President Joe Cassidy said. “So that is why we are offering some summer programs this year that will be advantageous to health care providers. Our summer program coordinator has focused on changes at the federal and state levels and has put together some outstanding packages,” he said.

Topping the list is changes in medical assisting certification. Because of federal changes to the law having to do with Electronic Health Records, those who work as medical assistants will need additional training in order to pass a national exam to be certified, according to Scott Harriman, WCCC’s summer program coordinator and the Dean of Community Education and Student Affairs.

On Aug. 23, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a final ruling regarding Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records declaring that medical assistants, including CMAs (AAMA) would be permitted to enter medication orders into the computerized provider-order entry system once certified.

“Because of some changes in how Medicare, Medicaid and insurance does billing, medical assistants, in order to enter certain orders through Electronic Medical Records, have to become certified,” Harriman reiterated. “You don’t have to be certified to be hired, but the government is now saying you have to be certified to do certain things.”

The college has scheduled two separate days, May 30 and July 18, for preparation for the Certified Medical Assisting exam. “So medical assistants who are not currently certified can take the one-day course,” he said. The fee is $50.

Second on the list of important courses offered this summer is the ICD-10 Training that will focus on new medical billing procedures. “This is the billing system for Medicare and Medicaid and insurance billing,” Harriman said. “Right now those who do medical billing use ICD-9, but the federal government made updates to that and it is now ICD-10,” Harriman said. “We plan to bring someone in teach local billing using the ICD-10.”

Another medical program to be offered this summer is the Certified Nursing Assistant’s training course. “This course allows men and women to sit for the state exam to be a CNA. “There is 70 hours of classroom, 20 hours of lab time that includes going into the nurses’ lab and doing patient transfers and things like that and there is 70 hours of clinical time,” Harriman said. “We have looked to the needs of the community and tried to develop courses to meet those needs.”

However, this summer is not all about work. The college also is offering programs for those interested in learning and those just looking to have fun. Courses include: developmental mathematics and English, GED tutoring and training, ServSafe Program for those in the health-food industry and digital photography.

“If you have a food license from the state of Maine at least one of your employees has to be trained in the ServSafe Program,” Harriman said. The course has been offered in the past and is of interest to area health-food facilities.

For photo buffs, there will be a class on digital photography. The course is limited to 16 students “If there is enough interest, we plan to offer the course this summer,” Harriman said. “What we also are planning to do, based on interest, is offer a course called Basic Photo Editing.” That class will be limited to eight participants.

For more information on times, dates and fees contact Harriman at 454-1012, or at sharriman@wccc.me.edu.

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