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Draft 2018 HIM Curricula Competencies
Released for Public Comment
HIM Reimagined aims to prepare HIM professionals for the
jobs of the future and increase opportunities for specialization.
One way this will occur is through revisions to the HIM
academic curriculum competencies.
How You Can Help
AHIMA is asking HIM professionals to review the draft 2018
Curricula Competencies and comment through official surveys.
A survey instrument has been designed for each academic
level to collect, compile and confidentially report comments.
Only comments received via the official survey instruments
will be considered. Respondents may submit a survey for any
academic level—but are limited to one submission per academic
level. Links to the official surveys, instructions, and all related
resources are posted to Academic Curricula Competencies.
From November 2017 to June 2018, nearly 40 members of
the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE), Curricula
Workgroup, and two HIMR workgroups developed the draft
2018 HIM Curricula Competencies, AHIMA-revised Bloom’s
taxonomy levels, and related resources to meet AHIMA’s HIM
Reimagined (HIMR) third recommendation: Increase the
opportunities for specialization across all levels of the HIM
academic spectrum through curricula revision, while retaining
a broad foundation in health information management and
analytics. Visit HIM Reimagined to learn more about AHIMA’s
HIM Reimagined (HIMR) initiative.
The development of the draft 2018 HIM Curricula Competencies
involved thoughtful and purposeful intent to deliver a carefully
crafted educational roadmap across all academic levels. The
question “What skills and knowledge are required to meet
long-term future HIM workforce needs?” guided the effort,
further focused on building pathways for practitioners to secure
current, evolving and future HIM jobs in areas such as data
analytics, auditing, and information governance. The goal was
to help HIM practitioners develop an overall skill set geared
towards managing data and integrating business, clinical, and
Outlining the Domains
The CEE Curricula Workgroup designed broadly stated
competencies to allow program flexibility in meeting the
competencies and required AHIMA-revised Bloom’s levels
regardless of academic degree. The draft competencies represent
progression across all academic levels. Each academic level
is comprised of six common domains, representing the areas
of mastery important for all HIM students and practitioners,
regardless of academic degree:
1. Data Structure, Content, and Information Governance
2. Information Protection: Access, Use, Disclosure
3. Privacy and Security
4. Informatics, Analytics, and Data Use
5. Revenue Cycle Management
6. Health Law and Compliance.
The supporting Body of Knowledge has been updated to
include math statistics, along with medical terminology,
pathophysiology and pharmacology, anatomy and physiology,
and computer concepts and applications. The addition of math
statistics supports the need for students to have a stronger
At the associate degree level, two specialty tracks have been
introduced. Academic programs may elect to teach one or
both specialty tracks: Data Management (DM) and Revenue
Management (RM). Each student would enroll in the DM and/or
RM specialty track. The DM and/or RM competencies are to be
completed in addition to the other curricular competencies.
A new AHIMA-revised Bloom’s taxonomy table specifies
the expected verb usage. In addition, Curriculum Guidance
documents have been developed for each academic level to
provide educators and professionals with suggested learning
resources, examples and other ideas for developing competency.
The Curriculum Guidance documents will be maintained
separately, to provide greater flexibility to adapt content
according to evolving program needs. This structure also allows
programs to adjust their content based upon their program
needs using the associated curriculum guidance.
The public comment period will be open from June 25 to
September 14. HIM professionals are encouraged to register for
the following upcoming webinar sessions to learn more about
HIM Reimagined and the Draft 2018 Curricula Competencies:
Call For Action! Draft 2018 HIM Curricula Competencies
hosted August 21 at 3 p.m. central
or Call For Action! Draft
2018 HIM Curricula
August 29 at 2 p.m.