Central Texas College

Office Technology

BIG NEWS:  The Medical Transcription (OTMT) program becomes the Medical Documentation Specialist (OTMD4) program

The Medical Transcription field has undergone some major changes in the past two years. Many jobs in this field have different requirements and expectations; and transcriptionists now perform nontraditional transcription tasks such as speech recognition editing or abstracting medical record data for migration of paper records to electronic health records, as well as continuing to perform traditional transcription tasks.  In order to keep up with this rapidly evolving field, Central Texas College Office Technology is revamping the Medical Transcription (OTMT) program beginning in Fall 2014 to provide instruction in these nontraditional tasks, and the program renamed the Medical Documentation Specialist (OTMD4) program. Due to the changes in the career field, and to keep our program relevant to the current employment environment, the Central Texas College program will no longer be credentialed by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI). Discontinuing this credentialing will permit incorporation of these new courses into the curriculum.

If you are interested in this dynamic field or took courses in the previous OTMT certificate program, please contact Professor Yvette Pawlowski at yvette.pawlowski@ctcd.edu to find out how to get started in this exciting career or to transfer your previous coursework to the new program.   Courses are available this summer to get you started!

ICD-10-CM/PCS Rollout Delayed until October 2015

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which included language delaying the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS by at least one year.  This legislation directly impacts the courses we teach in our Medical Coding and Billing program in Office Technology.  It actually means that for at least one more year our country will still be using the ICD-9-CM code set for healthcare coding.

We want to be sure that our students understand that Central Texas College is a great place to be in coding education at this particular time.   In communication to current students of our medical coding and billing certificate program, Professor Yvette Pawlowski stated “When we were developing the coding education certificate program at CTC, it was on the advice of advisory board members, course developers, and instructors that we chose to continue instruction in ICD-9-CM in conjunction with ICD-10-CM/PCS until such time that the ICD-10-CM/PCS rollout is official.  Through the foresight of these individuals, the ICD-10-CM/PCS delay will not negatively impact your career opportunities as you will have had training in both code sets.”