CHCC staff complete coding training


The Commonwealth Health Care Corp.’s medical coding staff underwent a weeklong coding training for an entire week last week to enable them to correctly translate a diagnosis and treatment into a code that can be then used by CHCC’s billing department to ensure that customers are billed correctly.

CHCC spokesperson Zoe Travis said this training was conducted by Certified Professional Coder instructors Paul Chandler and Marc Aguilar of Ohana Coding. Travis said the revenue cycle team underwent training to prepare for the CPC certification exam.

“CHCC consists not only of medical staff, but also a variety of other personnel who ensure that the corporation functions efficiently. Some of the corporation’s most essential staff are our medical coding personnel,” she said.

Ensuring that CHCC’s coders are nationally certified is an important step in increasing the efficiency and accuracy of CHCC medical coding and billing personnel, and improving CHCC as a whole.

Once a doctor has made a diagnosis on a patient, the coder will then receive that and provide the billing department with the proper code needed for the service provided to the patient.

“Understanding the coding process can be difficult as each type of diagnosis and treatment has a different code, and it is good to see that they are now certified,” Travis said.

Marc Venus | Reporter
Marc Venus is the Saipan Tribune's public health and education reporter. He has an associate degree in Applied Sciences in Computer Applications and is working on his bachelor’s degree at the Northern Marianas College. Contact him at

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