A bill introduced in the House would boost funding for academic programs for allied healthcare, including healthcare information management professionals. The Allied Health Reinvestment Act would authorize $28 million in new spending for allied health education from 2005 to 2009, including scholarships for students. According to the American Health Information Management Association, which supports the bill, the nation will need about 6,000 new healthcare information management workers annually beginning in 2010. The bill was introduced by Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Ted Strickland (D-Ohio.); a companion bill has not been introduced in the Senate. -- by Patrick Reilly
Bill would address need for allied health workers
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