AHIMA Entry Level Competencies

For Registered Health Information Administrators

Health Information Management

Baccalaureate Degree


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Domain I. Data Structure, Content, and Information Governance

I.1. Compare diverse stakeholder perspectives through the delivery of health care services.

I.2. Analyze strategies for the management of information.

I.3. Evaluate policies and strategies to achieve data integrity.

I.4. Recommend compliance of health record content across the health system.

1.5 Utilize classification systems, clinical vocabularies, and nomenclatures

I.6. Evaluate data dictionaries & data sets for compliance with governance standards.

Domain II. Information Protection: Access, Use, Disclosure, Privacy, and Security Competency

II.1. Recommend privacy strategies for health information.

II.2. Recommend security strategies for health information.

II.3. Analyze compliance requirements throughout the health information life cycle.   

Domain III. Informatics, Analytics, and Data Use Competency

III.1. Examine health informatics concepts for the management of health information

III.2. Analyze technologies for health information management.

III.3. Interpret statistics for health services.

III.4. Examine health care findings with data visualizations.

III.5. Compare research methodologies pertaining to health care.

III.6. Manage data within a database management system

III.7. Identify standards for exchange of health information.

Domain IV. Revenue Cycle Management Competency

 IV.1. Evaluate the assignment of diagnostic and procedural codes and groupings in accordance with official guidelines.

 IV.2. Manage components of the revenue cycle.

 IV.3  Evaluate compliance with regulatory requirements and reimbursement methodologies.

Domain V. Health Law & Compliance Competency

V.1. Comply with legal processes impacting health information.

V.2. Evaluate compliance with external forces.

V.3. Analyze components of risk management as related to a health organization.

V.4. Analyze the impact of policy on health.

Domain VI. Organizational Management & Leadership Competency

VI.1. Facilitate fundamental leadership skills.

VI.2. Assess the impact of organizational change.

VI.3. Analyze human resource strategies for organizational best practices.

VI.4. Leverage data-driven performance improvement techniques for decision-making.

VI.5. Verify financial management processes.

VI.6. Examine behaviors that embrace cultural diversity.

VI.7. Assess ethical standards of practice.

VI.8. Facilitate consumer engagement activities.

VI.9. Facilitate training needs for a healthcare organization.

VI.10. Compare project management methodologies to meet intended outcomes.


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