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Watch and Learn: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Have New Options In Medical Training

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LIVONIA — Career training in health care is now available for the deaf and hard of hearing thanks to the Livonia-based proprietary school MedCerts.

MedCerts has introduced the first “watch and learn” career training program specifically designed for the deaf and hard of hearing leading them to quick entry into the fast growing field of administrative health care.

“Our training program addresses an individual’s need by bringing the instructor to their desktop and preparing that student for success in today’s job market,” said Mark McManus Sr., COO of MedCerts.

When it comes to training opportunities for the deaf and hard of hearing, the options are limited, according to Net Sign News, and are a contributing factor to the high jobless rate within their communities. When job opportunities are high, and even accommodating to this group of people, the opportunity to gain proper training and certification for access to these jobs is difficult for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Training and certification is required by most employers in the field of administrative health care and MedCerts has been providing this training to the general population through their successful video-based learning programs, and now have made that training accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing.

MedCerts has adapted their most successful career program in medical billing and coding for the deaf and hard of hearing, both signers and non-signers, through American Sign Language translated videos and ADA compliant English subtitles. These courses prepare students for national certification as medical billing and coding specialists where demand is growing for qualified applicants.

“As a DHH person, I know there are few training opportunities specifically designed for the DHH individual that prepare them for careers that actually work for this group,” said Todd Morrison, director of outreach fevelopment at DEBS (Deaf Employment Business Solutions) and translator for MedCerts specialized medical billing and coding program.

Medical billers and coders are responsible for ensuring accurate and timely reimbursements to medical centers through appropriate procedural coding and computer-based billing work. Positions are usually back office, and most work is performed online and electronically. According to the Department of Labor, medical billers are in high demand today with a greater need for more trained and qualified workers. Most employers require training and certification to qualify for positions in medical billing and coding.

“We provide a unique and effective video learning experience for the development of individuals by preparing them with the knowledge to pass a national certification exam that qualifies them for industry specific job requirements,” said McManus. “Graduates of a nationally recognized certification are the ‘Gold Standard’ for any employer and our current educational offering is the first of its kind for the deaf and hard of hearing community.”

MedCerts is a leader in video-based training programs designed to educate and support individuals by preparing them for certification in popular administrative healthcare fields. Through its Web site, www.DHHTraining.com, MedCerts now offers their most popular medical billing and coding program adapted specifically for the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing.

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