Advocacy and Policy
This position exists to advocate and influence federal government, healthcare industry and standards bodies and other policymakers on behalf of the AHIMA and HIM member professionals who wish to see HIM principles and practices acknowledged and addressed in regulatory and industry rules, regulations, guidance, and practices to ensure healthcare information and data quality, integrity, confidentiality and security.
The incumbent is in constant contact with federal officials in several US departments, agencies, and offices, as well as FACA advisory committees and similar gatherings where issues related to AHIMA’s strategic initiatives are being discussed and serve as the root of federal policy and regulation. The incumbent monitors these departments and subunits through a variety of publications and work with other associations doing likewise. The incumbent also is responsible for coordinating and generally facilitating AHIMA’s responses to federal RFIs, NPRM, and similar inquiries. This coordination is done through staff and volunteer formal councils and committees as well as task forces established to respond to a single issue. The incumbent has the authority to speak for the Association in a variety of situations where an immediate response is necessary and is often chosen to represent AHIMA to the press.
The incumbent educates and informs members regarding current and future regulatory activities through a variety of communication methods such as the Advocacy and Public Policy webpage, JAHIMA articles, presentations, audio conferences, e-Alerts, Advantage, and others. By conducting this activity, the incumbent is able to educate and express how regulatory changes will impact or affect HIM principles and practices. Informing our membership enables them to prepare and plan for these changes within their setting.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
- Masters degree.
- University degree in the field of Health Information Management (HIM).
- Currently Certified as RHIA or RHIT.
- Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential.
- 7-10 years direct work experience in the field of HIM.
- Experience working with government officials or organizations
- Competent understanding of federal initiatives related to EHRs, HIE, privacy and security, and regulations related to ARRA-HITECH and HIPAA
- Demonstrated ability:
- To elicit cooperation and collaboration from a wide variety of sources, including upper management, clients, and other departments to conduct advocacy activities. This includes collaborating with non-HIM professionals, representatives from the government, and other committees, and task forces to advocate and influence for HIM principles and practices.
- To communicate using strong written and oral communication skills.
- To effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a rapidly changing environment.
- To facilitate committees, working groups and task forces to achieve desired outcomes; lead cross-functional project teams as assigned.
- To serve as spokesperson/representative for employer, collation, or similar bodies to federal officials, committees and so forth as well as the press. This would include providing an adequate and politically correct response on a moment’s notice.
Advocate and Influence
- Attend and participate in government, industry, or standards pertinent meetings (most in Washington, DC) that impact or may impact the HIM profession/industry.
- Contribute to public discussion as needed to represent the HIM/AHIMA perspective and rationale.
- Engage in discussion with pertinent public policymakers to develop awareness of HIM and foster relationships for AHIMA as well as to ensure HIM principles and perspectives are included in their resolutions, regulations, standards, and so forth.
- Serve as the “face” of AHIMA during these meetings and in the industry.
- Serve as an HIM expert in both regulatory and legislative meetings when needed.
- Reporting on actions, meetings, etc. for understanding of staff, volunteer leaders, members, and others. The focus of this activity can be a broad overview and range to a very narrow focus on how a regulatory change will impact certain HIM principles or practices.
- Note: Incumbent is expected to be available for meetings local and otherwise that will potentially take several days or require early morning or late night meetings.
Regulatory Review and Response
- Review regulations and understand the impact on HIM and determine those regulations that will be important to note or highlight to the membership.
- Establish, prioritize, and manage projects to respond to such proposals or requests for information.
- Engage volunteer members and staff subject matter experts to participate in review.
- Coordinate and facilitate member participation and feedback. Also facilitate the understanding of how regulations will affect AHIMA’s strategic goals and objectives.
- Develop, prepare, and submit formal AHIMA response to regulatory or similar activities.
- Develop education for members and others regarding the Association’s perspective.
- Respond to inquiries regarding such submissions from the industry, press, and government entities.
Advocacy and Public Policy web content
- Update regulatory material on the APP webpage through submission of material on the SharePoint application.
- Update the AHIMA home page with pertinent regulatory information.
Writing short term
- Develop content for weekly e-Alert.
- Post materials on the Advocacy and Public Policy web page.
Writing long term
- Write articles for the JAHIMA.
- Write or participate in the writing of white or thought leadership papers for AHIMA and other organizations.
- Provide content review and feedback support for Public Policy Statements, AHIMA comments and testimony, Practice Briefs, staff or voluntary leader articles, and other items as needed.
Speaking and Presentations
- Informal speaking in the form of comments in government, industry, or standards organizations as well as press interviews.
- Develop and prepare presentations for inter-AHIMA and external organizations
- Present to members, other associations, other bodies etc. with a purpose of advocacy, education, etc. Organizations the incumbent has previously presented to include eHI, CHIA, AHIMA members and CSAs.
- Note: Incumbent will be expected to speak at local and out-of town locations and this will include time away for travel to and from as well as participation in such meetings.
Facilitates, coordinates, serves as a member of
- AHIMA conferences, and similar meetings
- Internal committees, workgroups, taskforces, etc
- Team and corporate meetings, socials and educational activities