HRS, an expert clinical coding, audit services, and ICD-10 implementation company, has announced the opening of a new clinical coding school in Jerusalem, Israel. The HRS Coding Academy opened its doors July 1, 2013.
HRS Coding Academy will utilize Career Step’s online courseware supplemented by HRS classroom enrichment. Career Step is a provider of online, career-focused education.
“HRS Coding Academy’s inaugural class is comprised of 20 students, two US-based ICD-10 trainers, and Career Step’s online coding curriculum,” comments Wendy Coplan-Gould, RHIA, president of HRS. Students were hand-selected from an initial pool of candidates using US-based aptitude assessments, in-person interviews, and Skype video conferencing.
“With a lingering 30% coder shortage in the US and an anticipated 57% jump in demand for coders due to ICD-10, the opening of our academy is timely for health care providers and the women of Israel,” states Jodi Coplan Rogozinski, HRS director of global initiatives.
Space and equipment for the HRS Coding Academy is provided by the Israel Ministry of the Economy, and financial support is provided by the American Joint Distribution Committee, a Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, and Temech, an Israeli nongovernmental agency that supports career development for women within Israel’s Jewish Orthodox community.
Students will be offered HRS coding positions following completion of the educational course with Career Step and passing of the coding certification exam. “The HRS Coding Academy creates opportunities for Jewish women to have a career and become part of a long-standing, professional family,” concludes Coplan-Gould.