Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Emails to me consistently show that Obamacare rollout has been plagued by lack of maturity on the mainframe skills side, too

I am still seeing mainframe jobs in my inbox related to health care.  The skills I have seem most recently are a “preference” for knowledge of diagnosis coding (ICD-9, ICD-10), health care operations, familiarity with the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (although that could hardly be “required”) and how it can affect operations, and currently active expert level skills in MVS, modern versions of COBOL, JCL, and sometimes CICS, VSAM, and databases (DB2 and sometimes IMS, and sometimes Adabas/Natural).  I’ve actually seen less emphasis on ideas like direct connect, replication, scripting languages.  The tone of more recent emails reflects a concern about basis integrity and skill in implementation where processing cycles and prerequisite are critical (as would be expected with the federal and state exchanges and the complexity of all the rules, and the confusion over them with the public.)

Job requisitions in these emails want to see skills and experience to be current. But I wonder how contractors feel about the older mainframe professionals (in their 50s, 60s, even 70s now) who left the market after the 9/11 recession.  The health care systems workplace seems to be badly lacking in maturity, not just in fancy web programming, but in legacy processing too.  

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