Registered Apprenticeship in Healthcare: Medical Coding at Women & Infants Hospital



As a regional leader in healthcare, Care New England has built a partnership with SEIU Healthcare Care New England and SEIU Healthcare 1199NE focusing on overlapping areas of interest to develop the existing workforce. During a time of myriad challenges, both entities are committed to promoting the advancement of staff on a personal, professional, and organizational level. Recent collaborations include working with Apprenticeship Rhode Island to develop innovative approaches to delivering healthcare within a changing environment of how care is delivered as well as reimbursement processing. From identifying problems to developing solutions, Care New England’s innovative approach in working with SEIU Healthcare 1199NE and Apprenticeship Rhode Island is garnering national attention.
All three organizations were recently invited to speak on a panel spotlighting registered apprenticeships at a biannual conference held by the Health Career Advancement Program (H-CAP). Developed as a national labor management organization, H-CAP is committed to identifying best practices in aligning today’s workforce to meet the rapidly changing needs of the healthcare industry. Speaking to the Medical Coding Apprenticeship program currently underway at Women & Infant’s Hospital were Jody Jencks, Director of CNE Workforce Development & Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Butler Hospital; Amy Weinstein, Employer Liaison at Apprenticeship Rhode Island; and Patrick Quinn, RI Executive Vice-President of SEIU Healthcare 1199NE. The program wouldn’t be spotlighted if it wasn’t for the expertise and contributions of front line coders like Donna Sprague and Kathy Rickard with the supportive leadership of Renee Vuz and Jen Couri.

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