“HIM professionals who can effectively manage an organization's revenue cycle are in high demand since today’s health care providers are often challenged with managing limited financial resources as they provide high-quality services and improve patient outcomes,” says Rosann O’Dell, M.S., DHSc, RHIA, clinical assistant professor.
If you are detail-oriented, enjoy crunching numbers and like managing others, health revenue cycle management may be the HIM career field for you. As health care organizations strive to provide quality care and improve patient outcomes there is a growing demand for professionals to help these institutions run effectively, efficiently and according to industry standards.
Professionals specializing in revenue cycle management work in a variety of roles including billing management for hospitals and health systems, revenue-related data analysis, medical practice business management and auditing coding and billing for accuracy and compliance. To meet the job requirement, HIM students at KU are trained in management, reimbursement and finance and use classification systems for diagnosis and billing codes, as well as ethical and legal concepts.
According to the American Health Information Management Association, health revenue cycle management positions are in high demand, including the following specific employment opportunities: