CHIA Delegate to AHIMA Candidate Vilena Boussarova

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Vilena Boussarova


Relevant Health Information Professional Positions

  • HIM professional with more than 10 years experience in the areas of inpatient, ambulatory surgery, psychiatric coding, medical record analysis, and coding quality assurance.

Academic and Professional Degrees or Training Received

  • Bachelor of Science (HIM) from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Master of Science: Computer Science from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria

Association Board Activities

  • SDHIA, Past President, 2015-2016
  • SDHIA, President, 2014-2015
  • SDHIA, President-Elect, 2013-2014
  • SDHIA, Education Program Chair, 2008-2009
  • SDHIA, Secretary, 2007-2008

Association Committee/Task Force Activities

  • AHIMA Standards Task Force, 2016-2018
  • CHIA Candidates Committee, 2015-Current
  • CHIA CDQ Committee, 2013-2015, 2017-Current
  • CHIA Convention Committee, 2017-2018
  • CHIA ICD-10 Advocacy Task Force, 2014-2015
  • SDHIA Technical Committee, 2017-2018
  • SDHIA Coding Roundtable Committee, 2011-2013
  • SDHIA Nominating Committee, 2009-2010
  • SDHIA Newsletter Editor, 2005-2007

Five Adjectives That Describe Personality and Leadership Style

Passionate for the HIM profession, Self-motivated, Resourceful, Eager to learn and share, Accountable

Position Statement

The CHIA Delegate to AHIMA candidates were asked to respond to the following question: With the fundamental changes affecting AHIMA and the HIM profession, how would you, in your role as delegate, champion the value and relevance of the AHIMA House of Delegates (HOD)?

As an AHIMA Delegate, my mission will be to impartially represent the interests of our diverse membership at the AHIMA HOD. I would actively be prepared and participate on the task forces related to AHIMA HOD sessions and learn what the members attending AHIMA Hill Day are advocating. I would summarize the information from those resources related to the HOD issues, including embedded supporting hyperlinks, and present it to CHIA members and students.

I genuinely would like to hear from you, as an AHIMA/CHIA member, about your concerns, recommendations, or ideas regarding the skills and knowledge the HIM professional needs to develop to stay relevant in the rapidly changing health care industry, including automation and artificial intelligence (AI). Here are some questions we could discuss:

  • What additional continuing or formal education programs should be developed, or advanced degrees pursued, so HIM professionals become the transformational leaders for the new emerging roles, including STEM positions?
  • What kind of best practices are applied in your organization to break some of the barriers between compliance and IT and ensure that there is information integrity through the continuum of care?
  • Are the medical coders and CDI specialists at your organization participating in research projects to identify patient populations or perform statistical analyses?
  • Could we incorporate new online studying platforms, such as Coursera or Udemy, so our members and students get familiar with universal programming languages used for exploratory data analysis, AI or structured query language for data science?

I hope to be able to get your feedback through:

  • The CSA’s AHIMA Engage webpages or connectivity resources
  • CSAs and AHIMA environmental scans
  • Town Hall webinars
  • CLA or CHIA in-person or online meetings
  • CLA leadership monthly forums
  • Social networks, personal email and phone calls.

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