AHIMA ADVANTAGE 8
Employers know that attracting and retaining a workforce
with the skills necessary to stay competitive is key to leading
the healthcare marketplace. Over 75 employers are using the
AHIMA Foundation’s Registered Apprenticeship program
to develop an effective workforce strategy to give them an
competitive edge. Join the AHIMA Foundation on March 12
for a free employer webinar on apprenticeships.
Organizations in over 30 states are benefiting from the registered
apprenticeship model to provide the highly skilled workforce
needed to deliver the right care at the right time. Industry leaders
are recognizing that hiring apprentices is an effective talent
acquisition strategy. Employers are finding loyal, dedicated and
highly motivated professionals.
The Apprenticeship Advantage
Employers are embracing apprenticeships as a long-term,
strategic tool to build their workforce and offer a pipeline
of skilled health information professionals. Employers
have partnered with the AHIMA Foundation to develop
apprenticeship programs to meet their workforce needs.
Employers realize that with some investment there are many
advantages to registered apprenticeships, including:
Creates industry-driven and flexible workforce solutions
that meet national and state needs resulting in an apprentice
earning a national credential
Provides up-skilling, creates career pathways, and increases
growth opportunities within the profession
Helps recruit and prepare a highly skilled workforce to
keep pace with the changing healthcare marketplace
Leverages federal, state, and local resources to support
Spotlight Role—Privacy and Security Officer
In 2018, the AHIMA Foundation developed and received
approval from the Department of Labor for the Privacy and
Security Officer role as part our registered apprenticeship
program. The role oversees all ongoing activities related to
development, implementation, maintenance of and adherence to
the organization’s policies and procedures covering the privacy
of, and access to, patient health information in compliance
with federal and state laws and the healthcare organization’s
information and privacy practices.
The competencies that are met through the Privacy and Security
Officer apprenticeship program are:
Provides development guidance and assists in the
identification, implementation, and maintenance of
organization information privacy policies
Works with organization administration, legal counsel,
and other related parties to represent the organization’s
information privacy and interests.
Performs initial and periodic information privacy risk
assessments and conducts related ongoing compliance
Initiates, facilitates, and promotes activities to foster
information privacy awareness within the organization
and related entities.
Capitalizing on your Talent Needs
Apprenticeship is a great source of talent for employers.
Employers are taking advantage of registered apprenticeships as
an innovative and creative solution to address their employment
needs. Employers should consider reviewing the occupational
and competency-based roles incorporated into the AHIMA
Medical Coder/Biller—an upskilling opportunity for current
employees with high school diplomas which incorporates
AHIMA Coding Basics Program and prepares the apprentice
Hospital Coder/Coding Profession—an opportunity for
those with relevant credentials and prepares the apprentices
for the CCS.
Professional Fee Coder—an opportunity for those with a
relevant credentials and prepares the apprentices for the
Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist—an
opportunity for those with an associate degree in a related
healthcare field and a RHIT, RHIA, CCS, or RN. Prepares
the apprentices for the CDIP.
Privacy and Security Officer—an opportunity for those with
an associate or bachelors with previous healthcare experience.
Prepares the apprentice for the CHPS.
Register for the free webinar on March 12 to take advantage
of the apprenticeship program to help your organization
find the workforce needed to meet the diverse community
you serve. Contact the AHIMA Foundation by phone at
(312) 233-1131 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to learn more about how your organization can benefit from
Employers Investing in Apprenticeships
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AHIMA Foundation Acknowledges Memorial Gifts
The following gifts were made to the AHIMA Foundation
between November 8, 2018, to January 8, 2019.
In memory of Rita Finnegan
Lou Ann Schraffenberger
In memory of
In memory of John Kloss
In memory of
Mary Mike Pavoni
In memory of
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