Health information managers (Registered Record Administrator, Accredited Record Technician, and Certified Coding Specialist)

Health information managers (Registered Record Administrator, Accredited Record
Technician, and Certified Coding Specialist) are professionals who secure, analyze and
integrate a variety of health care and financial data used to evaluate patient care, plan
health care activities and help providers.
Registered record administrators (RRA):
• interact with medical, financial and administrative staff to interpret
data for patient care, research, statistical reporting and planning.
• protect the privacy of patients’ health information.
Accredited record technicians (ART):
• examine medical records for accuracy.
• report patient data for reimbursement.
• create disease registries for researchers.
Certified coding specialists (CCS):
• assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure found in a patient’s record.
• report codes to insurance companies to pay for a patient’s medical expenses.
Health information personnel may work in hospitals, clinics, HMOs, insurance
companies, law firms, consulting firms, physician offices, nursing homes, health
data organizations and other settings.

Average Salary Range
$30,000 – $55,000
Educational Requirements
Students interested in health information careers should take high school courses in business, computer science, physiology, math, biology, English and chemistry.Registered record administrators must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college program and pass a certification exam. Accredited record technicians must complete
an associate’s degree from an accredited college program or through the American Health Information Management Association’s Independent Study Program and by passing a credentialing exam. Certified coding specialists must have a high school diploma, on-the-job training, a coding education from seminars or college classes and pass a certification exam

Professional Associations

American Health Information Management
Association
919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60611-1683
(312) 787-2672 or www.ahima.org