Officials of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), a known United States-based international organization which provides education and professional certification to physician-based medical coders are in Cagayan de Oro today for a courtesy call at City Hall for their interest to form a local chapter in the city. Medical coding is a field in the medical profession which deals with classifying medical and health care concepts using standardized codes and is a good career opportunity for college graduates especially in the field of nursing.
AAPC Vice President Daniel Schwebach, in his visit said an AAPC-certified medical coder connected to the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry earns as much as P100,000 per month excluding the signing bonus. AAPC has proposed to local colleges and universities in the city to integrate medical coding in the curriculum of nursing and other medical courses.
“This industry pays high wages, and we have chosen Cagayan de Oro City because of its strong belief in education and wealth of professionals and nurses which is a good match for certified medical coders”, Schwebach added.
For local investment promotions officer Ms. Eileen San Juan, AAPC’s plan will be a big boost to the city’s BPO industry.
“We are very happy of AAPC’s keen interest to set up in our city as this will bridge the gap of unemployment, especially among unemployed nurses and professionals,” San Juan said.
Aside from San Juan, City Councilors Candy Darimbang and Bong Lao, Promote CDO Foundation president Ralph Paguio and Nimfa Along-Albania of the Cagayan de Oro Trade and Investment Promotions Center were also present to welcome the AAPC group.
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