Industry-Recognized Credentials: Healthcare

ECONOMIC SECTOR: HEALTHCARE

JOBS IN DEMAND

  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Opticians
  • Pharmacists
  • Retail Salespersons
  • Information Security Analysts, Web Developers and Computer
  • Network Architects
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Hand Laborers and Material Movers
  • Sales Mangers
  • Material Moving Machine Operators

INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CREDENTIALS

The healthcare sector has developed industry-recognized credentials, competency models and skills standards around three core industries: electronic health records, allied health and long-term care. These standards and credentials support a variety of healthcare job functions and occupations, including coding, health information management and direct care occupations, such as nursing assistants, home health aides and personal care aides.

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the certifying body for health-information related certifications and provides certifications in coding, health information management (HIM) and specialty occupations ranging from entry-level to management-level. AHIMA certifications are targeted at the postsecondary level and are integrated into associate, bachelors and graduate degree programs.

The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) has developed the industry training standards, competency-based curriculum and train-the-trainer programs for the direct care workforce. These training programs focus on enhancing skills-based core competencies for current direct-care workers or as a first-level of training to prepare new workers for jobs in nursing facilities and home health care agencies. The 9-module curriculum helps participants develop the core competencies needed to provide direct care in a variety of settings and lays the foundation for further training as nurse assistants and/or home health aides. Individuals and home care organizations and associations can access the training online and deliver it in a classroom setting or directly to the individual.

Below are the certifications and standards for the direct care and health information management workforces:

CODING

Evaluates foundational coding competencies across all healthcare settings.

Credentialing/Standards Organization
AHIMA
Additional Information
Certified Coding Associate (CCA)
Contact
Bill Rudman
bill.rudman@ahimafoundation.org

CODING

Evaluates mastery-level skills in classifying medical data from patient records.

Credentialing/Standards Organization
AHIMA
Additional Information
Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)
Contact
Bill Rudman
bill.rudman@ahimafoundation.org

CODING

Evaluates mastery-level coding systems skills with expertise in physician-based settings.

Credentialing/Standards Organization
AHIMA
Additional Information
Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P)
Contact
Bill Rudman
bill.rudman@ahimafoundation.org

HEALTH-INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

  • Managing patient health information and medical records
  • Administering computer information systems
  • Collecting and analyzing patient data
  • Using classification systems and medical terminologies
Credentialing/Standards Organization
AHIMA
Additional Information
Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)
Contact
Bill Rudman
bill.rudman@ahimafoundation.org

HEALTH-INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

  • Ensure quality of medical records
  • Assemble and analyze patient data
  • Coding diagnoses and procedures
Credentialing/Standards Organization
AHIMA
Additional Information
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
Contact
Bill Rudman
bill.rudman@ahimafoundation.org

SPECIALTY HEALTH INFORMATICS

  • Health data analysis and knowledge to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret and transform data into accurate, consistent, and timely information
  • “Big picture” strategic vision
  • Broad organizational knowledge
  • Ability to communicate with groups at multiple levels
Credentialing/Standards Organization
AHIMA
Additional Information
Certified Data Analyst (CHDA)
Contact
Bill Rudman
bill.rudman@ahimafoundation.org

DIRECT CARE

  • Adult Abuse & Neglect Prevention
  • Adult Learner-Centered Training
  • Curriculos en Espanol
  • Fall Prevention Awareness
  • HeartWork Video/DVD
  • PHI Coaching Supervision
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Personal Care Services
  • Successful Employing your Personal Assistants
Credentialing/Standards Organization
PHI
Additional Information
Competency-Based Curriculum
Contact
Gail MacInness
GMacInnes@PHInational.org