B.S. in HIM and RHIA Certifiication but can't get a job

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Dorian Jones in Riverview, Florida

44 months ago

Hello,

I have a degree in HIM and my RHIA certification. However, every job is requiring 2-3 year experience in medical coding. I need tips on how to get the experience if every job, including entry level is asking for experience. I had and internship but it was on for 1 month at a hospital in Boca Raton and I worked as a medical records tech through a temp agent for 4 months. I am currently in banking, but I would like to utilize my degree and certification. Please help, Thanks!!!!

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valentine2 in Park City, Utah

44 months ago

Dorian Jones in Riverview, Florida said: Hello,

I have a degree in HIM and my RHIA certification. However, every job is requiring 2-3 year experience in medical coding. I need tips on how to get the experience if every job, including entry level is asking for experience. I had and internship but it was on for 1 month at a hospital in Boca Raton and I worked as a medical records tech through a temp agent for 4 months. I am currently in banking, but I would like to utilize my degree and certification. Please help, Thanks!!!!

Due to this field being over saturated with new grads with no experience, most employers are now requiring at least 2 years. You might want to look for a job in medical records, become more familiar with HIM and let your manager know your interest in coding. Most hospitals do prefer to hire from within, so if there is an opening, you'll know first.

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Queenie in Buford, Georgia

40 months ago

Have you looked into the Commissioned Corps? They are hiring RHIAs. Good luck.

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MrRogers in River Edge, New Jersey

17 months ago

RHIA (B.S. in HIM) and M.S. Informatics is a booming field right now . . . it made it to the
top degrees to pursue in the U.S. News & World Report 2013 "9 hot majors" article . . . there
are so many areas one can focus on including : HIM / Health IT, compliance/legal, coding/reimbursement,
revenue cycle, healthcare management, clinical documentation, EMR, EHR, etc.

Just go to "www.indeed.com" and type in "RHIA" for job search and click on date to refresh and you
can search jobs all across USA

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MrRogers in River Edge, New Jersey

17 months ago

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ZacMorris in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

16 months ago

I agree with MrRogers. "RHIA" is definitely the way to go now in
HIM & Health IT arena. I like the information MrRogers gave. It explains
everything one needs to know. Just read it . . . B.S. in HIM / M.S. Informatics
is definitely in demand now, but make sure you sit for the "RHIA" exam after
you finish you B.S. in HIM degree, it allows you to achieve a higher salary.

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Ryan in Friendswood, Texas

16 months ago

Begin volunteering your time in an acute care facility or clinic of some type. Even if you're placed in the gift shop you can still walk over to the HIM dept and introduce yourself to the managers, clerks, coders, etc. Keep reading Journal of AHIMA and For the Record magazine to keep up to date on latest happenings. Attend local and state AHIMA meetings for networking. YOU have to be the feet on the street and take the fight to them don't expect them to come to you.

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shannen in Normal, Illinois

16 months ago

Considering working on a MPH while getting a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in RHIA. Am I crazy? What if I do one of the programs part-time while I complete the other full-time? Thanks for the advice!

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

15 months ago

A "RHIA" has capability of making between $70,000 - $150,000 depending on what area one chooses to concentrate in: Management, IT, Informatics, EMR/EHR, Healthcare Compliance, Revenue Cycle/Reimbursement, etc. Add an advanced degree, i.e. (MBA, MS, MHA) as well.

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ZacMorris in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

15 months ago

I am a "RHIA" and I love my job. I am a "Program Manager" for a EMR/EHR software company. I love my job as well with a six figure salary and great benefits. I have also just finished my M.S. degree in Informatics as well which was a plus! Join AHIMA & HIMSS folks....great networking and latest industry related news as well!

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ZacMorris in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

15 months ago

'RHIA' (Registered Health Information Administrator) median salary in USA according to www.salary.com is $73,000. One can search by typing in "medical records administrator" when visiting www.salary.com and also read the job description as it states referring to 'RHIA'. So, I suggest people pursue their B.S. in Health Information Management and sit for the 'RHIA' certification exam afterwards. It pays off and is worth it.

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Batman1600 in Chicago, Illinois

15 months ago

I have my 'RHIA' from AHIMA and I work as a 'EMR/EHR IT project manager' for a hospital
in Illinois. I was going to go to 'Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy' school but changed my mind and finished the B.S. in Health Information Management program at University of Illinois-Chicago and after sat for the 'RHIA' exam. My friend is a 'Occupational Therapist' at the hospital I work at and he hates his job. I, on the other fact, love my job. The funny thing is I make more than him while he went through more years of schooling than me. He is now sitting for the "HIM/Health Informatics" program at University of Illinois-Chicago and sitting for the 'RHIA' exam to get into the "Health IT" field.

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Maximus23 in Boston, Massachusetts

15 months ago

I am a " RHIA " from AHIMA and I currently work as a "Clinical Informatics Analyst". I love my job as I was interested in a career in "Healthcare" but didn't like direct patient contact, but enjoyed aspects of IT and computers/systems incorporated in the Healthcare field. This was the best degree for a person with my interests/preferences: Health IT/Informatics, so I got my " RHIA " and I am completing my M.S. degree in Informatics currently as well.

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

15 months ago

Common Job Titles for Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) in 2013:

1)HIM Director, 2)HIM Manager, 3)Project Manager, 4)Application Systems Analyst, 5) Business Analyst, 6) Consultant,

7)Chief Compliance Officer, 8)Privacy Director, 9)Chief Information Officer (CIO), 10)Project Director,

11)Revenue Cycle Director, 12)Corporate Compliance Officer, 13)EMR/EHR implementation consultant,

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

15 months ago

14)Product Manager, 15)Clinical Informatics Analyst/Consultant, 16)Operations Manager,

17)Network Administrator, 18)Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)Specialist,

19)Quality Assurance Manager/Director, 20)DRG Auditors, 21)Systems Administrator,

22)EMR/EHR software trainer, 23) Vice President 24) Program Manager 25)IT Director,

26) IT Manager 27) ICD-10 related 28) Information Systems Manager

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

15 months ago

29) Information Security Manager 30) Practice Director 31) Coding Manager/ Director
32) Software Data Architect 33) Revenue Cycle Director 34) Compliance Director 35) Clinical Data Specialist 36) Data Quality Manager 37) Regulatory Affairs Manager/Director 38) Chief Learning Officer (CLO) 39) Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO)
40) Chief Compliance Officer (CCO)

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ZacMorris in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

13 months ago

For more information, visit:

www.hicareers.com

Once there, visit "HIM Career Map" on top left hand side, also view:

www.hicareers.com/Health_Information_101/profiles.aspx

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mbrads in Romeoville, Illinois

13 months ago

I have a BS in Health that has taken me nowhere. Considering going back and getting BS in HIMT at Univ of WI. It will take me two years, but want to know that I can get a job when I'm done in 2016. (someone posted 31 mos ago they couldn't get a job with their BS in HIM w/Rhia) Is the field saturated? Trying to do my homework and get a feel for the job market right now, but many job descriptions are not a lock and key fit for people with BS in HIM w/Rhia and minimal experience. Trying to decide my future career here. Help!!

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HIMgirl07 in Newark, New Jersey

12 months ago

mbrads in Romeoville, Illinois said: I have a BS in Health that has taken me nowhere. Considering going back and getting BS in HIMT at Univ of WI. It will take me two years, but want to know that I can get a job when I'm done in 2016. (someone posted 31 mos ago they couldn't get a job with their BS in HIM w/Rhia) Is the field saturated? Trying to do my homework and get a feel for the job market right now, but many job descriptions are not a lock and key fit for people with BS in HIM w/Rhia and minimal experience. Trying to decide my future career here. Help!!

Well, I guess I am the black sheep here. I have an associates degree in healthcare administration from a nationally accredited non-ahima approved school. I was promoted to medical records coordinator after working as a certified medical assistant for 3 years. I did that for 1.5 years and decided I wanted more. I relocated and was fortunately enough to land a Health information manager position with great pay and benefits.I do not have any HIM credential. Of course, I am in school for my BS in healthcare informatics. But they gave me a chance because I had had healthcare experience. (Certified nurse aide-6 years, certified medical assistant-3 years, medical records coordinator - 1.5 years, HIM - current). This is a fantastic career choice. You never know where you are going to end up. The trick is to learn as much as you can. Take an entry level position and run with that. You won't have problems in this field because their are tons of people retiring. Good luck

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Grsta618 in La Palma, California

11 months ago

Maximus23 in Boston, Massachusetts said: I am a " RHIA " from AHIMA and I currently work as a "Clinical Informatics Analyst ". I love my job as I was interested in a career in " Healthcare " but didn't like direct patient contact, but enjoyed aspects of IT and computers/systems incorporated in the Healthcare field. This was the best degree for a person with my interests/preferences: Health IT/Informatics, so I got my " RHIA " and I am completing my M.S. degree in Informatics currently as well.

Can you tell me like a day in the life of what you do. I'm trying to go back to school and I want to know if this is something that I should pursue. I'm good with computers and I wanted to do something dealing with the health field but like you said I didn't want that patient contact. What makes this a great career?

What makes you love your job? What is Informatics? Are you coding? Did you get your bachelors degree at a school or online? Should I go straight for a bachelors degree or get an associates then try to get a Bachelors? Thank you in advance.

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HIMgirl07

11 months ago

Grsta618 in La Palma, California said: Can you tell me like a day in the life of what you do. I'm trying to go back to school and I want to know if this is something that I should pursue. I'm good with computers and I wanted to do something dealing with the health field but like you said I didn't want that patient contact. What makes this a great career?

What makes you love your job? What is Informatics? Are you coding? Did you get your bachelors degree at a school or online? Should I go straight for a bachelors degree or get an associates then try to get a Bachelors? Thank you in advance.

Well I do release of information, analyze and close charts, remind doctors to complete signatures, verify codes are correct, report information to the cancer registry, locate closed charts for state review, type up reports, track admissions/discharges. Thin charts as needed. Because I am in a paper based system now, I am getting a lot of the hands on experience I learned in my online degree. What I love about my job is that not many people know how to do it. They can't just replace you. Employers want propels with the educational background. That couple with knowing there system makes you valuable. There is a downside. If you don't like paperwork or working alone, this is not the career for you. I have my own office and I have an assistant. I have an associates degree from an online school. Currently working towards my BS in health informatics online as well. It doesn't matter which route you choose but the opportunity is always greater with a Bachelors degree. Good Luck

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Grsta618 in La Palma, California

11 months ago

Wow thanks for your reply. Would you say you do different things everyday? It's not a stressful job ? It's not a repetitive kind of job? I kinda want something where I do different things everyday. So you don't work in a team of people just by yourself all the time or it just depends on what you do with your degree or what department you work in?

Aren't they switching the paper based system to electronic now due to legislation or something like that? I could be wrong but I went to a workshop about HIM and the teacher was saying something about that.

Did you have a hard time finding a job after you got your associates degree? Did you start off making at least 20 something an hour? (You don't have to answer that if you don't want to lol)

Is it alot of older people in this field because I'm 22 and I was wondering if it's a career where alot of older men and women are in. Thanks for answering my questions. I just want to talk to different people who are in the field.

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

11 months ago

Grsta618 in La Palma, California said: Can you tell me like a day in the life of what you do. I'm trying to go back to school and I want to know if this is something that I should pursue. I'm good with computers and I wanted to do something dealing with the health field but like you said I didn't want that patient contact. What makes this a great career?

What makes you love your job? What is Informatics? Are you coding? Did you get your bachelors degree at a school or online? Should I go straight for a bachelors degree or get an associates then try to get a Bachelors? Thank you in advance.

Suggestions: (Visit websites below)

1) www.ahima.org/careers

2) hicareers.com/CareerMap/

3) www.ahima.org/careers/healthinfo?tabid=stories

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JC in Silver Spring, Maryland

4 months ago

Grsta618 in La Palma, California said: Can you tell me like a day in the life of what you do. I'm trying to go back to school and I want to know if this is something that I should pursue. I'm good with computers and I wanted to do something dealing with the health field but like you said I didn't want that patient contact. What makes this a great career?

What makes you love your job? What is Informatics? Are you coding? Did you get your bachelors degree at a school or online? Should I go straight for a bachelors degree or get an associates then try to get a Bachelors? Thank you in advance.

If you havent already completed your program, know that there is a big difference between a BS Health information management and a BS Health informatics. These are two totally different areas of study, informatics is about data, analysis, data mining, information systems, interfaces and databases. Health information management is all about the advantages of paper vs electronic, policies like HIPAA, secure charting, diagonosis codes, cpt codes, billing, consents, clinical trail policies and how health information is stored.

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JC in Silver Spring, Maryland

4 months ago

CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia said: A "RHIA" has capability of making between $70,000 - $150,000 depending on what area one chooses to concentrate in: Management, IT, Informatics, EMR/EHR, Healthcare Compliance , Revenue Cycle/Reimbursement, etc. Add an advanced degree, i.e. (MBA, MS, MHA) as well.

To those reading with a BS HIM and/or RHIA,

RHIA is not a profession, it is a certification...those individuals making 70,000 plus are applicant analysts, system analysts, data analysts, consultants who were required to obtain a RHIA via that it is an industry standard and requirement by hospitals. Most RHIAs with a BS HIM work in clinics or medical records making 35,000 to 45,000.

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Evelina in Palos Park, Illinois

1 month ago

mbrads in Romeoville, Illinois said: I have a BS in Health that has taken me nowhere. Considering going back and getting BS in HIMT at Univ of WI. It will take me two years, but want to know that I can get a job when I'm done in 2016. (someone posted 31 mos ago they couldn't get a job with their BS in HIM w/Rhia) Is the field saturated? Trying to do my homework and get a feel for the job market right now, but many job descriptions are not a lock and key fit for people with BS in HIM w/Rhia and minimal experience. Trying to decide my future career here. Help!!

Hi,

Are you still at the University of Wisconsin in HIMT online bachelor program?I would like to enroll there and need someone opinion if there is worth it to do so?I also live in Illinois,do you think does it matter where you finished the degree for future jobs?Thanks so much!!!

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Health Ally in East Peoria, Illinois

1 month ago

JC in Silver Spring, Maryland said: If you havent already completed your program, know that there is a big difference between a BS Health information management and a BS Health informatics. These are two totally different areas of study, informatics is about data , analysis, data mining, information systems, interfaces and databases. Health information management is all about the advantages of paper vs electronic , policies like HIPAA, secure charting, diagonosis codes, cpt codes, billing , consents, clinical trail policies and how health information is stored.

What is the difference between informatics and nursing informatics? From what I've seen informatics positions in some hospitals have been reserved for nurses burned out from patient care. Is it truly an area with room for someone with a BA in liberal arts and healthcare experience?

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ZacMorris in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 month ago

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Himgirl07 in Worcester, Massachusetts

1 month ago

Sorry for the delayed response. Based on my experience you will be working on your own workload most of the time. There are tasks that stay the dames daily but I can assure you that you are always learning. I have made some changes since I last posted. I am now a disclosure management specialist and my major is now business administration. I decided that since I had experience in the field that adding another $30k to my debt load would not be in my best interest. But I would encourage you to get a degree in HIM if you are not already in the field. You don't need to worry about pay. Most people average between $15-$20/he depending on department at entry level. With 2-3 years of experience your pay will begin to increase. No need to worry about getting a job when you graduate because there are people retiring , being promoted, and moving to different positions. You can email me rlouis07@gmail.com for quicker responses. I hope I was able to answer all your questions.

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ZacMorris in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 month ago

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