Fed Announces $125 Million for Healthcare Training

The Department of Labor announced $125 million in funding for projects that train workers to pursue careers in healthcare. The department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has requested proposals to spend it, due October 5.

The funding is part of $220 million appropriated by ARRA, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to train workers for employment in high-growth and emerging industry sectors. The request for grant applications appeared in the July 22, 2009, issue of the Federal Register.

ETA expects to fund 45 to 65 grants ranging from approximately $2 to $5 million. The period of grant performance will be up to 36 months.

The request for proposals makes special mention of the health information technology field, which it defines as the “juncture of information management, medical practice, and the complex business of healthcare delivery. HIT leverages information management training and resources to improve quality and efficiency standards in the health care industry.”

Changes in the field, it notes, “will require new and updated skill sets for a range of clinical occupations (including nursing and allied health professionals), medical record technicians, coders, health information technicians, and other health information technology professionals…”

To promote quality training, career mobility, and rapid implementation, ETA strongly encourages applicants to use existing curricula and industry-recognized certificates or degrees.

Public entities or private nonprofit entities are eligible, and they must demonstrate that their proposed projects will be implemented by a “robust strategic partnership.” Required partners must include at least one entity from each of the following three categories: the public workforce investment system, public and private employers and industry-related organizations, and the education and training community.


  1. Instead of providing funds to health care facilities and institutions, why don’t the government as well as the AHIMA help the graduates coming out of college with credentials be placed somewhere. It doesn’t make any sense that HIM ask for experience to graduates who just got their credentials. That means the HIM directors who have RHIA/RHIT under estimating their own skills and afraid to hire !

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  2. I agree with Kate most positions want two or three years of experience.

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  3. To promote quality training, career mobility, and rapid implementation, ETA strongly encourages applicants to use existing curricula and industry-recognized certificates or degrees.
    I’ve been told a few times already to “see me after you have your RHIA credentials”. These jobs are for coding and abstracting and even analysis! It’s just a catch 22. I have read many times over how short the healthcare industry is (for advanced degrees)–but I have not been snapped up yet. On top of my RHIA degree I have two decades of CLINICAL experience. I just think this is just a bunch of over exploded group-think.

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  4. Chris,Great article. I think there is anoehtr major force that is working on many of the large healthcare institutions right now around how they are reimbursed for services provide to patients using the Government-funded insurance plans (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.). Unfortunately, it is anoehtr acronym, HCAHPS, and it basically holds back a portion of the reimbursed funds that an institution is allow based on the results of the patients’ treatment experience with their institution.Many institutions are scrambling to understand the patient experience better and ensure they offer a great experience to maximize the amount they are paid for a service they’ve already incurred the cost to provide.I think there is a huge opportunity here for systems to use the data, process, and information sharing tenets you pose above to ensure a strong patient experience. Basically, strong process and data management will ensure the patient is well taken care of, not just treating their disorder/disease, but also how well they are treated before, during, and after their visit. Basically, many of the principle Ranadive and Maney set forth in The Two-Second Advantage .Sound process, data, and collaboration management will result in not only better cared for patients, but also better cared for customers. Something healthcare has struggled to realize for a long time. Patients are customers

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