ERIC Number: ED269099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May-23
Feasibility Study for Establishing Three Medical Record Related Programs. Research Report Series Volume XIV, No. 12.
William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.
In November 1985, a survey was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), in Illinois, to test the feasibility of establishing programs for medical record technicians, medical coders, and utilization analysts. The survey instrument was mailed to 1,232 hospitals, medical care facilities, nursing homes, physicians' and dentists' offices, and medical insurance offices in the greater Chicago area, requesting information on employment opportunities for program graduates, interest in training for existing employees, availability of clinical internships, and salary levels for the positions. Study findings, based on responses received from a total of 114 organizations, included the following: (1) job openings for medical record technicians could support an enrollment of 10.3 full-time equivalent (FTE) students per semester in the independent study program; (2) the medical coder program could support an average semester enrollment of 6.2 FTE, and the utilization analyst program could support 2.3 FTE; (3) employers would provide at least 34 internships for medical record technicians, 33 internships for coders, and 14 internships for utilization analysts per semester; (4) the organizations employed a total of 171 medical record techicians, 167 medical record coders, and 87 utilization analysts, with hiring records indicating that 20% to 30% of these employees are replaced each year; and (5) starting salary ranges for the three positions were $15,172 to $17,523 for medical record technicians; $15,345 to $16,803 for medical record coders; and $17,617 to $20,307 for utilization analysts. The survey instruments and detailed findings are provided. (Author/EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.