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Health Information Administrator
Health information administrators oversee the health information system which contains all medical documents, insurance information, and medical/legal documentation for a health care facility.

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Specializations
Utilization Review Coordinator – Sometimes referred to as a discharge planner, a coordinator reviews patient records and analyzes information about the patient’s insurance, admission, treatment, and length of stay.

Work Activities/Environment
Health information administrators work in health care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, home health care agencies, clinics, public health agencies, or health maintenance organizations (HMO’s). They supervise the medical records department, including appropriate storage, maintenance, and retrieval.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study mathematics, social sciences, health, and business related courses. No matter what area of specialization a student chooses, a bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement. Colleges and universities usually offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in health administration. One-year programs offering a certificate or diploma in medical office management or health services administration are also available. While a bachelor's degree is satisfactory for entry level positions, a master's degree in the field is considered to be a standard credential depending upon a student's goals and aspirations. One-year of residency in an approved hospital is also required. Upon completion of Health Information Management Program, individuals can earn the designation, Registered health Information Administrator (RHIA) by passing an exam provided by the AHIMA.

Educational Institutions
Herzing University - Brookfield
Herzing University - Kenosha
Herzing University - Madison
Lakeshore Technical College
Rasmussen College - Appleton Campus
Rasmussen College - Green Bay Campus
Rasmussen College - Wausau Campus
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Salary
Average $54,700

Professional Organizations
American College of Health Care Administrators
1321 Duke St., Suite 400
Alexandria, VA, 22314
202/536-5120
www.achca.org

American College of Healthcare Executives
One North Franklin, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL, 60606-3529
312/424-2800
www.ache.org

American Health Information Management Association
233 N. Michigan Ave., 21st Floor
Chicago, IL, 60601-5809
312/233-1100 or 800/335-5535
www.ahima.org

Association of University Programs in Health Administration
2000 14th Street North, Suite 780
Arlington, VA, 22201
703/894-0940
www.aupha.org

Health Care Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL, 60603-5616
312/664-4467
www.himss.org


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