Health Information Administrator/Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)

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

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/Work Locations

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.

Getting Started

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High School Courses

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. 

Education and Training

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

Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 614
Rockville, MD, 20852
301/298-1820
cahme.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

Medical Group Management Association
104 Inverness Terrace East
Englewood, CO, 80112-5306
303/799-1111 or 877/275-6462 (ASK MGMA)
www.mgma.com/

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 210
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 333,000
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 389,300
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 17%
Expected Annual Openings: 14,050
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $81,996

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

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