CSM’s Health Information Management Program Meets “Gold Standard” and Receives National Certification | thebaynet.com | TheBayNet.com
LA PLATA, Maryland – The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Health Information Management (HIM) program received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Informatics Education and Management of the information (CAHIIM). CAHIIM monitors the nation’s university degree programs in Health Information Management (HIM) and Health Informatics (HI) through arduous reviews and maintenance of accreditation policies and processes. .
“Accreditation is the gold standard when it comes to quality because our program has been evaluated against national criteria,” said MSC School of Health and Science Dean Dr. Laura Polk. “By participating in our accredited program, our HIM students can be assured that they are receiving an exemplary academic experience that prepares them for a challenging career in health information management.”
CAHIIM accreditation also allows graduates of the CSM HIM Associate of Applied Science to sit for the American Health Information Management (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) certification exam – which is a vital national certification in the field of HIM profession.
The CSM applied for accreditation in April 2020 and was accepted into an accreditation exam application with CAHIIM at the end of that month. During a campus visit in June 2021, 26 standards of the Health Information Management program were reviewed, including the college governance structure and the program structure. In-depth dives were also done in the college’s HIM program, faculty and program coordinator qualifications, assessments, course sequencing, program objectives, assessments, and outcomes.
“The CAHIIM Board of Directors undertook a year of reviews, findings and recommendations and voted to grant the initial accreditation of the MSC Associate Degree Program in Health Information Management for 7 years, ”explained Prof. Candi Hume, CSM / HIM Medical Coding Certificate Coordinator. “It has been an arduous review process for our programs, but one that means a lot to the students, the program, the college and our health care providers in the region. It was the best result and a great conclusion.
The CSM HIM program brings together skills and concepts from the disciplines of healthcare, information technology, and business management to prepare students for careers in the efficient and ethical processing of medical information.
Professionals in the field of health information organize, categorize and evaluate the incredible volume of medical data generated by the field of health care. In addition to technical information management functions such as statistical and data analysis, students gain a perspective of the broader importance of health data at all levels: privacy and patient rights; personnel and facility planning; to research; and the financial implications.
The MSC’s Health Information Management program offers students two options for their program of study: the Medical Coding Certificate and the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management. Taken together, the certificate and associate diploma tracks form a continuous and seamless path. Graduates who complete their Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management will earn their Medical Coding Certificate as part of their program, with no additional courses required. Graduates who obtain the Medical Coding Certificate can earn their associate degree with just two additional semesters of study.
Learn more about the MSC School of Science and Health online.
About CAHIIM: The College of Southern Maryland’s Health Information Management Accreditor is the Accreditation Commission for Health Informatics Education and Information Management (CAHIIM). College accreditation for an Associate Degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2028-2029. All inquiries regarding the accreditation status of the program should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph St., Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at [email protected]