CHIA President-elect Candidate Nancy Andersen

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Nancy Andersen

MS, RHIA, CCS
(NCHIA)


Position Statement

As health information management (HIM) professionals, we have an innate ability to be flexible and nimble in the face of increasing egulatory scrutiny, while meeting the need for trusted health information. However, it is incumbent upon all of us to stay relevant within the health care industry through continuously challenging ourselves and our professional expertise. My vision for HIM professionals in California and the next CHIA Strategic Plan includes expansion of our influence as recognized leaders in information governance (IG), health informatics, and health data analytics.

As HIM professionals, we have a long tradition of understanding the intricacies surrounding information as a strategic asset, providing subject matter expertise to effectively manage its use for organizational decision-making, performance improvement, cost management, and risk mitigation. Effective IG depends on the expertise of HIM professionals to help guide implementation and continuous enhancement of electronic health records and ongoing data integrity that ensures information documented and captured is trustworthy and actionable across the continuum of care. The CHIA IG strategic imperative is to align engagement of traditional HIM practices with new IG practices to extend our influence, making sure that the right information is available in the right place at the right time. To implement this strategic goal and prepare HIM professionals for future career opportunities, CHIA must advance IG knowledge, competencies, and skills through educational tutorials, seminars, and webinars. The principles of IG must be incorporated into the everyday language of HIM professionals.

My vision for the second CHIA strategic goal is engagement of HIM professionals in the field of health informatics, aligning current HIM practices with innovative approaches to effectively analyze health data and information of all types. HIM professionals are uniquely positioned to effectively create and influence interfaces between data systems and the data required by end users resulting in better patient outcomes as well as business decisions for our organizations. Objectives to achieve this third strategic goal for health informatics as an HIM role includes ongoing educational opportunities to hone competencies and skills through CHIA seminars and webinars, as well as prep tutorials to sit for the AHIMA Certified Professional in Health Informatics exam.

A third strategic goal for CHIA is inclusion of health data analytics as one of our primary HIM responsibilities within the health care industry. Analysis of data and health care statistics is a traditional HIM role. The electronic health record has intensified the need for qualified HIM professionals to provide meaning and context for the data collected and reported, both internally and externally. Inclusion of data analytics as a primary HIM responsibility also aligns with the AHIMA strategic goal for our profession to lead in data analytics. Objectives to achieve the strategic goal of inclusion of health data analytics as part of our role as HIM professionals includes ongoing educational opportunities to hone competencies and skills, as well as prep tutorials to sit for the AHIMA Certified Health Data Analyst exam. Further, as HIM professionals, it is incumbent upon us to push for job descriptions that require AHIMA data analyst certification.

As HIM professionals, let’s continue to advocate for quality health care through quality information by inclusion of information governance, health informatics, and data analytics within our HIM roles and responsibilities as the industry leaders. As your CHIA President-elect, I believe the vision for the future of health information management professionals in California has never been brighter!

Relevant Health Information Professional Positions

  • Director of Coding Compliance, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, 2017-Present
  • Senior Compliance Manager, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, 2012-2017
  • Regional Director of Hospital Coding and Education, N. CA Kaiser Permanente Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, 2009-2012
  • Coding Manager, Queen of the Valley Hospital, 1997-2009

Academic and Professional Degrees or Training Received

  • Master of Science Degree: HIM, College of St. Scholastica, 2012
  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree: HIM, UCLA, 1978

Association Board Activities

  • CHIA, Director, 2012-2014
  • NCHIA, President, 2008

Association Committee/Task Force Activities

  • CHIA CDQ Committee, 2014-present
  • Academic Committee, 2013
  • Seminars Committee, 2011-2012
  • Nominating Committee, 2009-2010
  • Continuum of Care Committee, 2013
  • Convention Committee, 2011

Five Adjectives That Describe Personality and Leadership Style

Empowering, Inclusive, Knowledgeable, Trustworthy, Collaborative