With all of the changes going on in the health care industry, it is important that medical facilities maximize their revenue. One of the ways this is done is to insure that charges are coded correctly. This means that the payor (insurance companies, Medicaid, Medicare) will pay the correct amount. This has created a need for individuals who are familiar with the organization and management of health care information. Typically, these fall into three categories; Certified Professional Coders (CPC), registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT), and Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIA). Children's Mercy has a fairly consistent need for qualified individuals to fill these types of positions.
Certified Professional Coders typically work in the billing office of medical facilities. They help to complete, review, and process medical clains so physicians and hospitals get reimbursed. Obviously, CPC's need great attention to detail, a comfort level with medical software, and to be able to communicate effectively with medical personnel and the previously described payors. CPC"s need a high school diploma and to pass an accredited program in medical coding. The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) offers accredited certification courses to achieve this certification.
Registered Health Information Technicians usually need more knowledge of health information management. RHIT's normally have an associate's degree and coursework involves medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, coding systems, and data analysis. As you can see, this is a broader range than the CPC. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) offers credentialing as a RHIT. To obtain the RHIT you must graduate from a 2-year associate degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and pass the AHIMA administered test. There are several programs locally which offer in class or on line associate's degree programs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that employers are beginning to show some preference for the RHIT.
Registered Health Information Administrators are often health information managers who are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records. This is particularly important because of recent government mandates requiring healthcare providers to provide electronic patient records and that these records be secure. Clearly, this requires knowledge and experience in current software technology. RHIA's also insure that patient databases are complete and accurate. To become an RHIA, one must obtain a Bachelor's degree and then receive certification through AHIMA. Again, there are several programs in the Kansas City area providing degrees in Health Information Management.
These jobs are excellent opportunities to participate in the exciting and growing healthcare industry. We realize there some individuals who do not want to be involved in direct patient care, but have the desire and ability to contribute in the medical field. These jobs are a great way to do that.
Children's Mercy continues to grow as there is a great demand for the services we provide. In order to provide those services and care for the children in the Kansas City area, we need well educated and highly motivated employees in the health information management area. Our compensation and benefit packages are highly competitive, and not only will you have excellent growth opportunities, but you will also gain the satisfaction of working for one of the best employers in Kansas City and contributing to the health of the children in our area.