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Highlighting a Bright Spot in a Down Economy, Career Step to Re-launch Online Healthcare Training Program
Date:6/30/2010

Career Step re-launches its Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Coding and Billing program. Healthcare a lone bright spot in a down economy.

Provo, Utah (PRWEB) June 29, 2010 -- Careers in healthcare fields are one of the bright spots in an otherwise down economy. In an effort to highlight these job opportunities, Career Step, a leading online healthcare education company, has re-launched its Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Coding and Billing program.

“Career Step has always focused its training programs on fields that show continued patterns of growth,” said Mike Hodgson, Career Step’s Vice President of Enrollments. “We’ve chosen to re-launch our Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Coding and Billing program this month to draw attention the fact that the number of jobs in this field aren’t following the nationwide trend—there are more opportunities now than there were several years ago, and the field is still growing.”

Both the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) have recently released reports on the number of jobs the Medical Coding and Billing field will generate within the next few years. The BLS classifies medical coding and billing professionals as a part of the Medical Records and Health Information Technician field and projects a 20% increase in employment before 2018—representing over 37,000 new jobs. This projected growth will be triggered and sustained by the aging population and the increasing number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures. In comparison, the AHIMA study estimates that there will be a shortage of over 75,000 health information specialists, including med
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