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Does an inpatient coding supervisor need to be credentialed/certified?

  • 1.  Does an inpatient coding supervisor need to be credentialed/certified?

    Posted 25 days ago
    I am mostly looking for opinions but also references/facts if anyone has this info.

    1. I am currently working under an inpatient coding supervisor for a major hospital system that does not have any kind of background in HIM or related industry fields. I am wondering if anyone else is in this situation or how people would feel about it if they were?
    2. What about at the department manager or director level? Is it more, less, or the same level of importance that these roles have a credentialed background in HIM? 
    3. I can not find information related to the requirements of this position, if there are any.  I know that there are official credential requirements surrounding various types of coders, but I can't find the actual official references to this either.  If anyone knows where any of this information is, can you please share the references? 

    Thank you all very much for your input!

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    Marieann McCulloch, RHIT
    Inpatient Coder
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  • 2.  RE: Does an inpatient coding supervisor need to be credentialed/certified?

    Posted 24 days ago
    Marieann,

    While I'm not sure on an official (nationwide) requirement for coders to be certified, I do know most employers require credentials because of the extensive knowledge that coders must possess in order to code properly. Personally I would not feel comfortable having a non-credentialed coder in a supervisory or lead position. I do hire entry level non-credentialed coders with the stipulation that they are in a coding education program or are eligible to sit for a credentialing exam. From a director level, I feel that a director should posses an HIM credential or a Revenue Cycle background with knowledge of HIM especially HIPAA and Privacy laws.

    I hope this helps.

    Thank you,

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    Glenda Rakes MHIIM, RHIA
    HIM Director/Privacy Officer
    Northern Montana Health Care
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