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Career Options in Health Information Management

Demand is on the rise at all levels of education and credentialing.
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The health information management (HIM) profession is continually evolving, opening the door for expanding roles. 

As you transition from HIM student to HIM professional, here are career options and resources to explore. 

Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
The Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Specialist is responsible for improving the overall quality and completeness of clinical documentation. The CDI Specialist assists clinical practices and providers by providing education and support to better understand the relationship of documentation, code assignment, and risk adjustment of the patient population.

Privacy Officer
The Privacy Officer performs ongoing monitoring of all areas of privacy, identifies and assesses areas of privacy risk, and acts decisively on issues of potential non-compliance.

Privacy Analyst

The Privacy Analyst is responsible for the intake and triage of privacy-related requests. Assists with the monitoring, implementation, and administration of privacy policies, procedures, training, and compliance initiatives.

Compliance Specialist

Under the direct supervision of an experienced functional leader, this position oversees small to medium functional projects or phases of a larger project within the compliance department.

Medical Biller

The medical biller performs accounts receivable functions including billing, reimbursement, collection activities, and customer service.

Medical Coder 

Responsible for reviewing health information for a patient encounter and applying the most current taxonomic and classification systems in accordance with diagnoses and treatments documented, as well as reporting any other pertinent information for reimbursement and research purposes.

Coding Auditor

The Coding Auditor shall be primarily concerned with performing reviews to determine the accuracy of inpatient and hospital-based outpatient coding.

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Published 07/07/2022
Last Updated 09/19/2022
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