Workforce 1

Expanding Career Options

Workforce development provides current and aspiring HIM professionals with opportunities to expand their career options and provide more financially secure futures for themselves and their families. The AHIMA Foundation workplace development program involves a holistic approach.

We work closely with trainees and employers to provide:

  • Pre-assessments based on associated credential domains to evaluate current skill sets
  • Focused learning plans based on pre-assessment outcomes
  • Related technical instruction developed using AHIMA and partner training resources
  • Post-assessments to evaluate learning and assistance with study plans for certification
  • Soft skills training in Communication, Leadership, Social Media, Teamwork, Diversity and Telephone Etiquette
  • On-the-job learning supported by employer mentors
  • Achievement of industry-recognized professional credentials

The Foundation applies its tailored learning approach to provide training in six Health Information Professional roles registered with the United States Department of Labor:

Medical Coder/Biller

Use coding conventions and guidelines to abstract, analyze and accurately assign ICD (Internal Classification of Diseases) diagnosis codes and CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) principal and secondary procedural codes to ambulatory, clinic, provider and outpatient services.

Professional Fee Coder

Use coding conventions and guidelines to abstract, analyze and accurately assign ICD (Internal Classification of Diseases) diagnosis codes and CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) principal and secondary procedural codes to ambulatory, clinic, provider and outpatient services.

Privacy and Security Officer

Oversees all ongoing activities related to the development, implementation, maintenance of, and adherence to the organization’s policies and procedures covering the privacy of, and access to, patient health information in compliance with federal and state laws and the healthcare organization’s information privacy practices.

Hospital Coder/Coding Professional

Use coding conventions and guidelines to abstract, analyze and accurately assign ICD (Internal Classification of Diseases) and CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) principal and secondary and procedural codes to inpatient, ambulatory and outpatient medical records.

Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist

The Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist (CDIS) is responsible for competency in coordinating and performing day to day operations, providing concurrent and/or retrospective review, and improving documentation of all conditions, treatments, and care plans to ensure highest quality of care is provided to the patient.

Inpatient Coding Auditor

The Health Information Management Inpatient Coding Auditor identifies areas of under or over coding to avoid fraudulent coding and billing. Accurate coding is key to reimbursement and organizational compliance.
Proven Success

Since 2015, the Foundation’s workforce development program has achieved impressive outcomes, including:

%
of program trainees pass their certification tests on their first attempt

participants enrolled in the workforce development program

Resources

Description

While clinical documentation hasn’t exactly been a strength in many of today’s financially strapped skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), this may soon change as SNFs shift to a new payment methodology—the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)—in which these facilities...

Author

Eramo, Lisa. “Revolutionary Payment Changes Prompt Skilled Nursing Facilities to Eye CDI.” Journal of AHIMA 90, no. 6 (June 2019): 14-17.

Description

When Mary B. Parks, JD, RHIA, CCS, director of health information at St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah, GA was charged with replacing inpatient contract coders with in-house staff, she did what most directors do. She dove into a candidate search...

Author

Eramo, Lisa. "Investing in Apprentices Pays Dividends." Journal of AHIMA 90, no. 5 (May 2019): 16-20.