Outlining Revisions to the HIM Curricula Competencies
CERTIFICATION UPDATE s
In response to AHIMA’s HIM Reimagined
(HIMR) initiative and its call to update
the skills of HIM professionals, the
Council for Excellence in Education
(CEE) Curricula has developed the draft
2018 HIM Curricula Competencies,
AHIMA-revised Bloom’s Taxonomy
levels, and related resources.
The draft competencies aim to align
HIM education with the skills and
knowledge required to meet long-term
future HIM workforce needs. The
development groups also focused on
revamping curricula in a way that
builds pathways for HIM practitioners
to current, evolving, and future HIM
jobs. Visit HIM Reimagined to learn more.
What’s New Now?
The CEE Curricula Workgroup was very purposeful, thoughtful,
and deliberate in their approach. First, develop a broader
curriculum, which provides educators with greater flexibility
to incorporate the new competencies into academic programs.
Second, incorporate two new sets of specialty competencies
within the associate degree level: data management and revenue
management. Third, provide progression and laddering
structures across the academic levels. Fourth, remove the 2014
Curricular Considerations out of the Competencies documents
and instead, provide these learning resource examples via
new 2018 Curriculum Guidance documents. Fifth, update the
supporting body of knowledge to include math statistics, which
helps to assure that HIM graduates will be able to readily deliver
mission-critical data management services to their healthcare
Where Are We Now?
After the public comment period closed September 14, HIM
practitioners and educators returned 246 completed surveys,
which reflects the prevailing mix of academic programs in
the profession. Subgroup members of the 2018 CEE Curricula
Workgroup are busy performing a detailed quantitative
and qualitative analysis of all survey responses from each
Next Steps for the Draft 2018 HIM Curricula
Final edits will be approved and made via consensus. The
official 2018 HIM Curricula Competencies will be published
and forwarded to CAHIIM, anticipated to be in December
2018. In the next two to three years CAHIIM will develop the
accreditation standards for academic programs and CCHIIM
will develop the certification exams.
How Does the AHIMA Transformation Affect
On November 9, AHIMA released a special e-Alert to
AHIMA members. View the full announcement. Several
sections have been excerpted below.
2019 Strategic Plan
The 2019 Strategic Plan sets the path for our dual
transformation. We will build a foundation internally by
becoming more market-driven while also charting our direction
for the future. These priorities allow us to focus our resources
to achieve operational excellence and simultaneously build the
longer-term mission, vision, values, and strategy for AHIMA.
To start AHIMA along the path of transformation, we will need
to make changes. For example, we will begin to focus AHIMA’s
resources on developing products and services that reflect our
core strengths and offer the highest return for the Association
and our members.
AHIMA will continue to support and strengthen products
related to coding, Clinical Documentation Improvement,
AHIMA World Congress, advocacy, certification/credentialing,
privacy/security, higher education, membership, periodicals,
AHIMA will no longer support and therefore will discontinue
products related to Information Governance, Informatics,
Standards, and Consumer Engagement. This means that
products dedicated to these topics will be discontinued and
phased out during 2019. We are aware that individuals will
continue to practice in these areas and will seek additional
resources to support their needs.
We know that there are many HIM professionals practicing in
informatics and data analytics roles. This will not change simply
because AHIMA discontinues development of products for
these areas of practice. The same is true for the curriculum. We
know that HIM professionals need skills and knowledge related
to informatics, data analytics, and IG, but the resources used to
teach these content areas will not be developed by AHIMA. By
discontinuing the development of these tools, AHIMA will be
able to focus staff and financial resources on the areas with the
highest returns in order to become more market-driven. v
advances individuals and HIM
to higher levels of relevance
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long-term and phased implementation strategies.