Richelle Marting, J.D., RHIA
HIM legal experts advise and educate clients on proper medical record documentation as well as evaluating risk in areas of privacy, security, contracts, regulatory compliance and reimbursement for health care services. These professionals must be up to date on the constantly changing statutes, regulations and policies at the state and federal level to ensure their clients create a solid legal foundation.
People who enjoy asking questions such as “why” and “what” and appreciate the fine distinctions in rules and policies may find they are a good fit on the legal side of HIM. The jobs vary greatly, but most are detail-oriented and require a person who thinks critically and analytically.
“Demand for HIM professionals with a legal background is tremendous,” said Richelle Marting, J.D., RHIA, a partner at Forbes Law Group and consulting faculty for the KU HIM program. “I loved the legal aspects of my HIM courses and knew immediately I wanted to pursue a legal education that I could combine with my HIM background.”
According to the American Health Information Management Association, legal and regulatory positions are in high demand, including the following specific employment opportunities: