ACMCS merges with AHIMA

December 21, 2012 in Medical Technology

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) announced Thursday it will welcome more than 500 members of the American College of Medical Coding Specialists (ACMCS), who have voted to join with AHIMA.

The two organizations have a natural synergy, a result of their mutual commitment to advocating for and advancing practices and standards within the medical coding and health information management profession, officials say, and AHIMA recognizes the quality of ACMCS members and the opportunities the collaboration will create for both.

Joining AHIMA will offer ACMCS members access to resources to help advance their careers, from products and services to educational tools and opportunities, officials say.

“We embrace our newest members, and we are confident they will find a good home at AHIMA,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon. “We are appreciative of ACMCS members’ expertise and are certain their specific skills in the physician’s office and outpatient arena will complement the knowledge and abilities of our members.”

[See also: AHIMA calls for improved health IT governance]

AHIMA is leading a work group that will include ACMCS members and other industry association representatives to evaluate collaboration strategies addressing the needs of the physician market. In joining AHIMA, ACMCS members will have the opportunity to engage in leadership roles concerning medical coding matters, as well as potentially serve on key AHIMA committees.

ACMCS certification issues will be handled by the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM), commissioned by AHIMA to assure the competency of professionals practicing HIM, officials say. CCHIIM will perform due diligence to best determine how to proceed with ACMCS certification exams and the recertification of ACMCS certified professionals, and will issue an initial communiqué within the next 60 days.

“I am thrilled that ACMCS and AHIMA have joined forces to meet the coding and compliance challenges facing outpatient, professional and physician coding experts,” said Gretchen L. Segado, former chair of ACMCS board of governors. “Joining AHIMA will provide ACMCS members access to a wealth of resources that ACMCS is unable to provide on its own, as well as a more influential voice in the future of the profession.”


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