TSTC, PMI team up to provide COVID-19-specific training sessions

(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Workforce Training department and the Practice Management Institute, which trains and certifies administrative professionals working in medical offices, are featuring a comprehensive bundle of courses focusing on telemedicine and the impact that COVID-19 is having on medical administration.

The courses are being offered through the TSTC/PMI Online Learning Resource Center for Medical Office Staff.

The training bundle includes 10 educational sessions designed to guide health care practitioners to bill properly for telehealth services before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The first nine sessions are available online, and the 10th session will be held live on May 7.

Topics will include Essentials of Telehealth Reimbursement; How to Get Paid for Providing Virtual Services; Staying Calm and Strategic During the COVID-19 Pandemic; Private Payers and Telehealth in the Age of COVID-19; Telehealth Billing Q&A; Telemedicine Cybersecurity Challenges; EZ Provider Enrollment During the COVID-19 Crisis; How COVID-19 Impacts HIPAA; Claims Issues Arising During COVID-19; and Billing and Documentation Tips for Telemedicine Services.

The live session will delineate between telehealth services provided during the public health emergency and beyond to prepare medical practices for transitioning to prior telehealth requirements when COVID-19-related interventions expire.

“We are thrilled with our continued and expanded partnership and remain committed to providing exceptional curriculum during this time of uncertainty and into the future,” said Michael Moore, PMI’s vice president of Partner Development.

Now in its fourth year of working with TSTC to bring quality training to the Abilene and Harlingen service areas, PMI is expanding the partnership to bring continuing education opportunities to medical staff in other TSTC markets, including Fort Bend County, Marshall and Waco.

“There are a lot of topics that are important to what we are facing today,” said John Dosher, TSTC’s executive director of Workforce Training. “This information will be good for people in clinics and hospitals.”

Medical clinic and hospital employees may be eligible to participate in these and other courses at no cost through the Texas Workforce Commission’s Skills for Small Business program. For information, contact Cindy Brunett, TSTC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education project manager, at cindy.brunett@tstc.edu .

The COVID-19 bundle also includes PMI certification tracks online. For registration information, visit https://www.tstc.edu/workforce/onlinelearningcovid-19.

For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.