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Nancy J. Andersen, MS, RHIA, CCS, CHC

 

Nancy J. Andersen, MS, RHIA, CCS, CHC, is director of revenue management compliance, risk adjustment coding, for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, with responsibility for enterprise-wide compliance for risk adjustment-related HIM and coding issues. She has been a delegate to the AHIMA House of Delegates (HoD) and served on the HoD Envisioning Collaborative and the Governance Task Force Cohort. Andersen has participated in AHIMA Advocacy Summits several times to advocate on behalf of healthcare-related legislation, including patient-matching and patient access to health information. Andersen is a member of the California Health Information Association and has served on the board of directors as both president and director.

Position Statement Question

AHIMA’s mission is empowering people to impact health. What distinctive expertise and experience do you have to contribute to AHIMA’s mission?

 

Position Statement Answer

Health information management has never been more complex or important than during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The public health emergency (PHE) has highlighted the need for leadership by health information professionals to guide the capture of essential data for tracking and trending the status of the pandemic, while accurately identifying patients and protecting personal health information (PHI). With years of experience and expertise in multiple roles and settings of care, I am uniquely positioned to help AHIMA achieve our mission of empowering people to impact health through timely and appropriate access to their health information, while ensuring information integrity and security.

With implementation of the information blocking Final Rule, I understand the inherent challenges of permitting access to electronic health record content and the crucial need for data integrity. Patient empowerment involves advocating for active consumer engagement in healthcare decisions, accessible health information with appropriate safeguards to protect PHI, and better understanding of the social determinants of health that create barriers to healthcare coverage.

HIM professionals represent a unique skill set; however, as the healthcare industry continues to adapt and change to meet the demands of this ongoing PHE, AHIMA faces an intense need among its members to bridge gaps in professional knowledge and expertise, and to understand where the profession is now and where we need to go to successfully meet and exceed the evolving industry standards, as well as empower individuals to make better and more informed healthcare decisions based on data they can trust and information that remains secure.

I will bring to the AHIMA Board of Directors my experience, expertise, and passion for the health information profession to help lead AHIMA forward into the brave new world we face today.

 

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