The American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards – certified by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) this week – will help the industry meet urgent demands for highly-trained health information management (HIM) and technology professionals.
The DOL officially awarded the certification Thursday during the Healthcare Forward Summit: Roadmap to Building the Rural and Veteran Workforce presented by AHIMA and the AHIMA Foundation. The certification of the guidelines will help bridge the gap for graduating or post-certification students seeking a career in HIM through paid apprenticeships, which will provide a clear a pathway to full-time employment by prospective employers who offer the program through the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration. The job titles for which the guidelines were developed identify some of the fastest-growing career opportunities within HIM: hospital coder, clinical documentation improvement specialist, HIM business analyst and HIM data analyst. Additional positions will also be developed.
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