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AHIMA Foundation Registered Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeships are the Future of HIM!

For Job Seekers

AHIMA and AHIMA Foundation's National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards were certified by the United States Department of Labor (DoL). The certification of the guidelines will help to bridge the gap for graduating or post-certification student seeking career in HIM through paid apprenticeships, which will provide a clear pathway to full-time employment. The Foundation acts as a bridge between interested employers (sponsors), apprentices, and the Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor.

The AHIMA Foundation was awarded a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) to fund the Managing the HIM Talent Pipeline (MTP) apprenticeship program to help 1,200 recent graduates and career-changers take on healthcare information careers over the next five years. The grant will ensure that career-ready individuals possess the skills, training, and experiential learning required by employers in today's healthcare market. Through the apprenticeship program, the AHIMA Foundation will serve to bridge the gap for those seeking their first employment and provide career mobility for those seeking a career change or career advancement opportunity.

The AHIMA Foundation has developed four apprenticeship roles:

Additional information on these and other health information roles is available at http://hicareers.com/careermap

Hospital Coder/Coding Professional

The HIM (Health Information Management) Hospital Coder will use coding conventions and guidelines to abstract, analyze, and accurately assign ICD (International Classification of Diseases) and CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) principle and secondary diagnostic and procedural codes to inpatient, ambulatory, and hospital outpatient medical records. The HIM Hospital Coder will query physicians when diagnosis is unclear, audit records, and perform peer reviews. This position must utilize encoder, grouper, and other Health Information Management software often including Electronic Health Records. Job requirements include a current credential such as RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator), RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician), CCA (Certified Coding Associate) or other designated credential from a nationally recognized organization. Preferred candidates will hold an associate's degree or higher in Health Information Management; although those with a certificate in coding from an approved coding program will be considered.

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Competencies for Hospital Coder/Coding Professional


AHIMA Foundation website  |  Appendix A - Work Process Schedule PDF (provided by AHIMA Foundation)

Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist

The Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist (CDIS) will be responsible for demonstrating competency in coordinating and performing day to day operations, providing concurrent/retrospective review, and improving documentation of all conditions, treatments, and care plans to ensure highest quality care is provided to the patient. In addition, CDIS should be able to educate clinical staff in appropriate documentation criteria. The CDIS will ensure that documentation reflects Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRG), case mix index, severity of illness, risk of mortality, physician profiling, hospital profiling, and reimbursement rules. Monitoring changes in laws, rules, regulations, and code assignments that impact documentation and reimbursement is implicit. Knowledge and skills on Microsoft Access database management and ability to present information effectively and clearly is essential. A Bachelor degree in HIM or a healthcare related field with credentials such as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Registered Nurse (RN), Clinical Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP), or Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) preferred.

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Competencies for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist


AHIMA Foundation website  |  Appendix A - Work Process Schedule PDF (provided by AHIMA Foundation)

Business Analyst

The Health Information Management Business Analyst (HIMBA) interfaces between clinical or business units and the information technology/management department. The HIMBA analyzes the business processes, procedures, and organization structure in order to identify problems and determine solutions. The HIMBA works collaboratively with Information Technology Service (IST) professionals, HIM operational staff, and Clinical Staff, and should be able to critically evaluate information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicts, and distinguish user requests from the underlying true needs. Coordination of activities to ensure health information is complete and accurate in all systems is essential. Candidate should have a strong communication skills, understanding of customer needs, business skills and understanding of the business domain. Bachelors or Masters in Health Information Management or a related field is required.

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Competencies for Business Analyst


AHIMA Foundation website  |  Appendix A - Work Process Schedule PDF (provided by AHIMA Foundation)

Data Analyst

The Health Information Management Data Analyst (HIMDA) will be responsible for documenting the types and structure of the business, data analyzing and mining business data to identify patterns and correlations among the various data points, mapping and tracking data from system to system in order to solve a given business or system problem, designing and creating data reports and reporting tools to help business executives in their decision making, and performing statistical analysis of business data. This position requires analytical skills and data management skills to develop solutions to business problems. In addition, this position requires data mapping in support of a cross-functional team developing and/or refining strategies. Coordination of activities to ensure health information is complete and accurate in all systems is essential. Candidate should have a strong understanding of customer needs to efficiently communicate at multiple levels, both internal and external. Bachelors in Health Information Management or a related field is required.

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Competencies for Data Analyst


AHIMA Foundation website  |  Appendix A - Work Process Schedule PDF (provided by AHIMA Foundation)

What's Next?

We encourage you to visit the AHIMA Foundation website to gather additional details about their registered apprenticeship program to complete an online application for job seekers. Further information related to the program is also available from the AHIMA Foundation, including webinars and FAQs.

For Employers

Is your company seeking solutions to the training and development of employees or additional support to assist your organization in advancing healthcare technology? Consider connecting with the AHIMA Foundation's Registered HIM Apprenticeship Program. Apprenticeships are paid positions that bridge education and employment.

Apprenticeships help your organization:
  • Prepare the next generation of HIM professionals hired in your organization
  • Attract new talent with the right education, skills, and credentials
  • Develop associates for your organization with skills to keep pace with advances in healthcare technology
Learn more about the AHIMA Foundation apprenticeship program for employers.

AHIMA Foundation Partner Page