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Health Information Management (HIM)
2012 Standards and Interpretations

Overview and Changes

Following established policy, CAHIIM conducts a full review of each set of accreditation Standards every five years. The undergraduate HIM accreditation Standards for associate and baccalaureate degree programs in health information management (HIM) were adopted in 2005 when CAHIIM emerged from the previous Council on Accreditation. The Quality Committee of CAHIIM conducted their review during 2010, including a Standards Hearing held at the AHIMA Assembly on Education (AOE) Symposium in July 2010. Additional input
has been gathered from the AHIMA House of Delegates Higher Education and Workforce Committee, from the relevant professional communities of interest, program site visit results, educators and other stakeholders.

Highlights of the resulting revisions are:

* Updated language throughout to reflect best practices in accreditation and quality assurance
* Renumbered the Standards from the historic Roman numerals to numbers 1-46
* Regrouped some Standards under more logical categories
* Modified titles of Standards
* A new Standard on program mission (Standard 2)
* Clarified requirements for a full-time program director (Standard 14)
* A new requirement for a second full-time faculty member (Standard 17)
* Removed Standard V.E.4.
(Aspects of the interpretation of Standard V.E.4. have been incorporated into Standard 28, Professional Practice Experience)
* Revised Fair Practices section to conform to updated language