**The 2012 average salary survey for "Other HIM Technician Roles" holding a CCS-P was based on fewer than 10 respondents.
RHIT Career Opportunities
RHITs have many employment options. Although most RHITs work in hospitals, you will also find them in a variety of other healthcare settings including office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. In fact employment opportunities exist for RHITs in any organization that uses patient data or health information such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors.
Job Titles for HIT Professionals with RHIT Credential
Preparing for an RHIT Career
The RHIT credential is a national certification for health information technicians. To qualify for AHIMA's RHIT Certification, candidates must hold a CAHIIM accredited Associate's degree in Health Information Technology. Although the associate degree curriculum offers some general education, the primary focus is more on the technical component of providing a variety of health information services. The curriculum is designed to prepare entry-level graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to use, analyze, present, abstract, code, store and/or retrieve health care data for the support of departmental operations, and clinical and business decision making in healthcare, or related organizations.
A CAHIIM accredited HIT degree is standard for RHITs. According to the 2011 AHIMA RHIT Job Survey (pdf), 93% of surveyed RHITs hold a degree. Most (74%) of the surveyed RHITs hold an Associate's degree,16% hold a Bachelor's degree, and 3% hold graduate and post-graduate degrees.
Earning the RHIT certification doesn't require extensive amounts of coding experience. In the AHIMA survey, 69% of RHITs earned their certification with one year or less of coding experience. In fact, 36% of surveyed RHITs received their certification with less than 1 month of coding experience.
RHIT candidates must pass the national RHIT certification exam. The 3 1/2 hour exam consists of 150 multiple choice questions. The pass rate of first time test takers for the 2009 RHIT Certification Exam was 82.7%. >> RHIT Exam Content (pdf)
Health Information Management Offers Versatility
By studying health information, students can acquire a versatile yet focused skill set incorporating clinical, information technology, leadership, and management skills. Health information professionals use their knowledge of information technology and records management to form the link between clinicians, administrators, technology designers, and information technology professionals. Health information programs incorporate the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one curriculum. Because of this unique mixture, health information graduates can choose from a variety of work settings across an array of healthcare environments.
Careers in health information management can be found in a wide variety of settings, such as:
Benefits of RHIT Certification
Whether you are certified as an RHIT, RHIA, CCA, CCS, etc., earning an AHIMA credential puts you in a special league, positioning you as a leader and role model in the health informatics and information management community. Investing in AHIMA certification is an investment in yourself and your long-term career. AHIMA certification can help you:
RHIT vs CCS Certification
Both the RHIT and CCS/CCS-P certifications are offered by AHIMA. The CCS certification shows that you are a master of medical coding. The RHIT certification can enable you to move beyond coding and into other health information jobs. For those struggling to decide on which of the two certifications to pursue first, educators, coding professionals, and AHIMA strongly recommend that candidates pursue the RHIT certification first. By completing a CAHIIM accredited HIT program, candidates will be eligible to sit for the RHIT exam.
The CCS/CCS-P certifications are not for newcomers, but they are a logical next step for many RHITs. In AHIMA's 2011 RHIT Job Survey, 46% of respondents also held the CCS or CCS-P credential and 12% of respondents planned to pursue the CCS credential. To sit for the more demanding CCS exam, candidates should have atleast three years of on-the-job experience.
Note to Canadian Applicants: AHIMA (U.S.) and CHIMA (Canada) have a reciprocity agreement, which allows Canadian and U.S. applicants to pursue certification exams to become certified as a technician or administrator as long as the applicants have completed CAHIIM accredited (U.S. schools) or CHIMA recognized (Canadian schools) programs and meet competency requirements.
Salary and employment figures are based on a national median and may vary by location.
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