Tuesday, January 7, 2020

OHIMA Membership Benefits 101: Career Assist

by Lauree E. Handlon, MHA, RHIA, CHFP, CCS, COC, FAHIMA 

Did you know… AHIMA offers several benefits to assist with your HIM Career!  The available career resources include:
  • Career Prep Tools 
  • Job Bank 
  • Mentor Program 
  • HIM Career Map

Career Prep Tools

Whether you are a Premier, Active, New Graduate, or Student Member, AHIMA offers a few prep tools to help you with next steps in your career. 

The Career Prep Workbook supports:

MAPPING out your career
Preparing yourself for your IDEAL position
Getting you started on SEARCHING
Provides pointers on how to ACCEPT the perfect position!

The workbook is a one-stop shop for tools necessary for career progression.  The workbook is designed to assist in making the tasks a little easier for steps involved in career search or change process with initiating new beginnings and moving forward.  Perfect for students, new grads or ANYONE looking for a change.

Career Prep Webinars empowers you to seek that promotion or apply for that new position you’ve had your eye on.  These webinars include archived seminars that teach you interview tips, resume building, networking, and so much more.


Job Bank

The AHIMA Job Bank allows members to:
  • Access a career coach 
  • Post your resume 
  • Find a job on AHIMA’s job board 
  • Search for your next employee if you have an open position within your organization!
The site provides a way to search by job function or state.  With more than 30,000 employers involves, you are bound to find your next career or with over 85,000 job seekers, you are certain to find your next employee. 

To expand your job search even more, check our the OHIMA Career Center where one can sign up for job alerts, post resumes for employers to view, and find additional career building resources.


Mentor Program

Learn from lifelong professionals or take an up-and-coming talent under your wing to help navigate their career path.  Mentor Match is for those who are new to the HIM field and looking for guidance or for seasoned members interested in helping others. Mentor Match provides a medium to connect mentees and mentors. 

Here is a link to the Mentor Match Tutorial: https://vimeo.com/81138515


HIM Career Map

The HIM Career Map will help you:

Better understand the HIM profession 
Chart your next career step
Map out a whole career-long plan for yourself

With detailed information including roles and responsibilities, average salaries, and career pathways for careers in: 

  • Coding and Revenue Cycle 
  • Data Analytics 
  • Informatics 
  • Information Governance

The HIM Career Map is a perfect way to see current and emerging positions as well as transition and promotion opportunities.


Regardless if you have been in the profession for some time, or are brand new, or have not even started yet – check out these career resources! These are just a few of the excellent and useful benefits AHIMA offers the membership. So, if you did not know, now you know!


About the Author

Lauree Handlon serves as the Director of Data Quality + Reimbursement at Cleverley + Associates, where she has worked since 2002. She primarily analyzes third party payer contractual arrangements for strategic pricing, payment assessments, and regional comparisons.  Ms. Handlon also conducts frequent regulatory research, monitors data integrity by identifying anomalies in the Medicare public claims data and client submitted claims data, and provides Medicare prospective payment system and coding & billing education.

Ms. Handlon received her Masters of Health Administration from the University of Cincinnati in Spring 2017. She received her Masters in Allied Health Management through the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from The Ohio State University in 2008. She received her undergraduate degree in Health Information Management and Systems from The Ohio State University in 2000.  She holds several certifications from AHIMA, HFMA, and AAPC.

Ms. Handlon also has been instructing part-time for the HIMS department in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University since 2007 and has served as a Preceptor since 2003. She was awarded Fellowship status from the American Health Information Management Association in 2011.  Ms. Handlon is a Past-President and past 2-term role as Delegate for the Ohio Health Information Management Association. She is also the current Membership Chair for the Central Ohio chapter of HFMA as well as President of The Ohio State University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Alumni Society.