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A paid remote on the job risk adjustment medical coding role. Coders interested in the apprenticeship program must commit to two MRA seasons with OS2 Healthcare Solutions, own a desktop with two or more screens, CRC credential and successfully pass the HCC Mock Project. After coder completes the Risk Adjustment Apprenticeship they will have 2 years of experience and earned their CRC and CPMA. At which time novice coders will have the time requirements, certifications and skill employers are looking for to start their medical coding career.

  • Must have a coding certification or registration from AAPC or AHIMA or enrolled into OS2U’s Risk Adjustment Mentee program
  • Must be able to work in the US and pass background screening
  • Remote/Work from Home
  • Only 100 coders are accepted per year
  • Must successfully complete OS2U’s HCC Basics and HCC Mock Project
  • Onboarding is once per year
  • Apprenticeship starts no later than June of year
  • Must commit to 2 Risk Adjustment peak seasons to be counted as experience
  • Must earn CRC by June 30th
  • Must be able to work Monday-Friday from 8a-5p during apprenticeship
  • Pay model is per chart (pay rate varies by project and page count)
  • Must complete training phase after first season (see training calendars below)
  • Must have computer with dual monitors and fast speed internet
  • Must be able to perform basic computer navigation and search functions

Job Description

Phases

  • Pre-requisites
    Pre-requisites

    1. HCC Basics
    2. HCC Mock Project
    3. CRC credential

  • OJT
    OJT

    Coding risk adjustment encounters for multiple payers during MRA Season also know as peak season (May-Jan)

  • Training
    Training

    Determined based on the credential or license you held when coming into the program. (buttons for each certification type- credentialed, registered or CRC only) Training phase is during retro risk hiatus season (Feb-May)

  • Placement
    Placement

    After 2 successful seasons in the apprentice program students can elect to stay with OS2 as a Risk Adjustment Coder seasonally. There is also an option to take the placement practicum for assistance with permanent placement, should the coder need assistance.

Training Calendars

The training calendar provides a timeline of the different phases while in the apprenticeship program. Chose the coding certification category you
have at the time of the apprentice to view your training program. If you have credentials in more than one category choose the highest credentials
held. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to us.

Certified Coders
Certified Coders
Ideal candidates must have one or more of the following credentials: CPC-A, CPC, COC-A, COC, CCS, CCS-P
Registered Coders
Registered Coders
Ideal candidates must have one or more of the following credentials: RHIA, RHIT, CCA
CRC Only Coders
CRC Only Coders
Ideal candidates must have the following credential: CRC

Supplies & equipment

  • Current year ICD-10 CM
  • Previous year ICD-10 CM
  • Computer with Dual Monitor

Project Leads

Ideal Candidates

Unsure which course tract you should take to determine a better
success rate with the OS2 HCC Apprenticeship?

Apply for 2022 Apprenticeship

We are grateful for our partnership with OS2 Healthcare Solutions to allow opportunities for new coders who are interested in risk adjustment. If you are interested in applying for the Risk Adjustment Coder Apprentice role apply today.

2023 Apprenticeship Wait List

Are you in the process of earning your certification and not able to join us this year? Have you missed the deadline for HCC Basics and would like to be notified when we begin enrolling next year? Sign up on our waitlist to be contacted when we start registration for next year. In the meantime, consider enrolling in our CRC bootcamp in August to earn your CRC pre-requisite.

FAQ’s

Why do I have to pay for training with OS2U prior to joining the OS2 Apprenticeship Program?

OS2U Training and Development Center and OS2 Healthcare Solutions (OS2HCS) are two separate entities. OS2HCS apprenticeship program was created to provider novice coders with the experience employers look for. In order for inexperienced coders to be able to meet the demands of the live projects with OS2HCS, coders must take the OS2U prerequisite courses to demonstrate their proficiency in Risk Adjustment.

Am I paid during HCC Mock Project?

During the 10-weeks of HCC Mock Project practicum, coder will learn and get hands on experience in Risk Adjsutment. It will not be until after the completion of training and meeting the apprenticeship requirements that coders would begin working with OS2HCS. For more information, check out our website https://os2u.org/programs/practicums/

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we do our best to find payment options suitable to each person. To find out more information about our different payment plans available feel free to visit our website: https://os2u.org/. You may also contact OS2U at info@os2healthcaresolutions.com or (254) 312- 7011 and mention payment plans.

Can I work part-time as an apprentice?

No, coders must be available full-time both seasons while working with OS2. Interested in learning more HCC Mock Project, schedule a career advisory session with our Education Director https://calendly.com/careeradvisorysession/30min

Do I need to take OS2U's CRC Bootcamp to earn my CRC for the apprenticeship program?

You do not have to take the OS2U CRC Bootcamp to earn your CRC. You may prepare for the CRC exam using outside resources. However, to join the apprenticeship program coders must have their CRC or their exam scheduled. Interested in a risk adjustment bootcamp, check out our website https://os2u.org/programs/bootcamps/

Is there any exit clause in the apprentice program, in case of any unexpected circumstance , or family emergencies?

At this time we do not have an exit clause due to unexpected circumstances, or family emergencies. However, it is a great idea and that is something that we will need to consider. We consider each case as it is presented to us to determine next steps. Respectfully, if you are concern or suspect there will be a significant event that could cause you to prevent the program. We recommend, consider either the student only option or decline the apprenticeship and focus on the severe circumstance.

Is there any time off, even if it is unpaid during apprenticeship?

We understand emergencies happen. You are able to take time off, within reason. However, you will still be responsible for ensuring you have met production and quality goals.

Does taking the OS2U HCC Mock Project and CRC Bootcamp help with passing the AAPC CRC exam?

Yes, it does.The HCC Mock Project provides students with hands on experience in Risk Adjustment. While the CRC Bootcamp prepares students to sit for their exam with confidence.

Can I still able to start the apprenticeship program if I do not pass my CRC exam the first attempt?

Yes, but you must have your CRC certification by June 30th.

How much does one make during apprenticeship, approximately?

It ranges from $2000-$3500 per month. It depends on the coder, as the pay model is per chart.

Does 100 charts in a week mean 20 charts / day or depends how many one can do ?

You can certainly code more than 20 charts per day or 100 charts per week. However 100 charts per week is the minimum and you must code between the hours of 8am-5pm.

Can I do HCC Basics, HCC Mock Project and CRC boot camp right now and join an apprenticeship later?

Yes, we call that student only. However, we only offer the training once per year. If you don’t accept when offered you will have to take HCC Mock Project again when you are ready to join us.

Why do I have to take a pre-requisites to be accepted in the Apprenticeship Program?

Coders who apply for the apprenticeship may be certified in other areas besides Risk Adjustment. Risk Adjustment coding methodologies are different than other certification types. OS2 Healthcare Solutions is fortunate to partner with clients that accept novice coders, as long as OS2 can guarantee certain performance metrics are met in the apprentice. Therefore, to developed we created a simulated coding training environment to prepare novice coders to meet the coding expectation of our clients.

Why do I have to commit to two seasons?

Employers seeking medical coder typically request two years of experience. OS2’s goal is to prepare coders to be “job ready” once they’ve completed the apprenticeship program. This will also assisted coders to remove their “Apprentice” status with AAPC if they hold their CPC-A.

Do I have to join the training phase after my first season with OS2?

Yes, we ask that all apprentice commit to two full seasons with OS2. Which includes two training phases with OS2U to enhance each coders opportunity for job placement once they’ve completed their apprenticeship program.

If I do not meet the 90% quality rate at the end of the HCC Mock Project for some reason, are there any options to still be part of the apprenticeship program?

In the event that you do not pass the HCC Mock Project with a QA score of 90% or higher you will not be offered an apprenticeship with OS2 Healthcare Solutions for the current calendar year. We will invite you to join us the following year for HCC Basics for an ICD-10 diagnostic guideline and refresher course, and to repeat the HCC Mock Project.

What does "Student Only" status mean?

Student only status are coders who enroll into an OS2U course to gain hands on experience and learn new skills, and do not express interest in the OS2 Apprenticeship Program.

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