Kealia (Kay) Folck, MHA, RHIA
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Health Information Management
Kay Folck, MHA, RHIA has an extensive health information management background spanning more than 25 years. Her experience includes traditional acute care health information management including utilization and risk management and IT implementation. Folck also served in practice management with operational responsibilities for human resources, supply chain, accounts receivable and finances. Following a brief stint as a legal assistant, she returned to health care working in information technology with software design, implementation, sales and marketing both domestically and internationally. Her most recent years have been spent in academia teaching health information management at both the community college and university levels.
Folck has a master's degree in healthcare administration from Park University, Parkville, MO. She received her bachelor's degree in health record administration from Texas Woman's University. Additionally, she holds advanced health IT certifications as a certified professional in electronic health records (CPEHR) and certified professional in health information technology (CPHIT).
Active in local, state and national professional organizations of health information management, Folck has served as past president, Texas Health Information Management Association, after serving some years in the Fort Worth, Texas, association. During her tenure in TxHIMA she testified before a state of Texas legislative subcommittee on Medicaid regarding coverage of neonatal conditions. Since relocating to Missouri she has become active in the Kansas City Health Information Management Association and currently serves as its president. She also serves on the Scholarship Committee of the Missouri Health Information Management Association and the ICD-10 taskforce.
Folck has co-presented at state meetings on ICD-10 and formerly served as an AHIMA-approved ICD-10 Trainer. She has served on both the AHIMA Research Committee and the original Defining the Legal Health Record taskforce. In 2012, Kay was recognized as MoHIMA’s Outstanding Educator of Year and in 2018 was chosen by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to be the recipient of the Mentor Triumph Award.