New proposed legislation in Illinois may require more health information technicians

New proposed legislation in Illinois may require more health information technicians to implement Medicare requirements

Illinois lawmakers recently approved a Medicaid reform bill which will soon be sent to Governor Pat Quinn for final approval, the News-Gazette reports.

The bill will require that state Medicaid recipients must live in Illinois and must be subjected to a verification process every year. This move will allow the state to save nearly $800 million over the next five years.

As part of this bill, a new information technology system will be purchased. The federal government will provide 90 percent of the funds, which will help the state run the new technology and use analytics to review cases.

“Where we have not done well in the state is to make sure that people get care that is coordinated, that is integrated,” Barbara Flynn Currie, House sponsor, told the news source. “We have a fee-for-service system in which somebody may go to one doctor one day and a different doctor tomorrow.”

As a result of the proposed legislation, more professionals who possess a health information technology are expected to be needed to implement these new systems to help improve healthcare for Medicaid recipients.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that nearly 207,600 health and medical information technicians will be employed by 2018, which represents a 20 percent increase over the next seven years.

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