The recent Medical Billing and Coding course graduates of NOLITC, with administrator Dr. Cristina Orbecido  MEDSTARPHIM CEO Judilyn F. Canete and teachers.

The first batch of Negrenses who took the medical billing course graduated yesterday at the government- run Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center, that aims to produce local talents for the Healthcare Information Management (HIM) industry and attract more investors, NOLITC Administrator Cristina Orbecido said yesterday.

Orbecido said that this is a program of the provincial government to produce local talents for HIM as there is a need to attract more investors under the Knowledge Process Outsourcing that requires a non-voice skill. The 19 Negrenses who took the medical billing course are part of the 101 who graduated from NOLITC yesterday. Others took English Language Proficiency (ELP) Batch 67, with 22 graduates, ELP 68 with 17, 2D Animation with 20, and ELP 69 with 23.

The 19 graduates for Certified Billing and Coding Specialist all passed or were certified by the American Medical Certification Association, Orbecido said. Medical billing is the process of submitting and following up on claims with health insurance companies in order to receive payment for services rendered by a healthcare provider. Medical billing traslates a healthcare service into a billing claim.

This new 200-hour online course is intended to increase efficiency of knowledge on procedural tasks and to streamline administrative procedures for one of the most complex tasks in the businesses of physicians: insurance, coding and billing. It was conducted by NOLITC in partnership with Medstar Philip- pines, she added. “We are building talents for HIM industry because we do not have it here in our prov- ince. Considering that we are left behind in this KPO industry, we are coping up by encouraging more Negrenses to engage with this skill and attract more investors,” Orbecido said.

The guest speaker during their graduation was Judilyn Franco, the CE0 of Medstar Philippines.

Next year, NOLITC plans to give more trainings to Negrenses on medical billing and coding for free, through the Negros First Training for Work Scholarship Program, Orbecido added.