CAHIIM welcomes comments, edits, changes and feedback to the revisions of the 2022 Standards for Accreditation of Master Degree Programs in Health Information Management. Please evaluate all Standards and add comments to the areas that you feel require modification.

Reference the 2022 Masters Standards Crosswalk.
Under each Standard there are two option boxes. After reviewing the Standard check the 'No Change' option if you feel that no changes are needed and proceed forward. If you think that the Standard needs to be modified please add your comments in the "Enter Comments and/or Suggested Revisions" comment box. Each Comment box has a handle (designated by two lines) on the lower right-hand side that can be used to extend the length and size of the comment area.

Things to consider:
Clarity - is the Standard written so that it is clearly articulated
Validity - is the Standard reasonable

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Introduction

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) is an accrediting organization which has independent authority in all actions pertaining to accreditation of educational programs in health informatics and health information management. CAHIIM is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

CAHIIM is located at 200 E. Randolph, Suite 5100, Chicago, Illinois, 60601, and on the web at cahiim.org.

Public Interest

CAHIIM serves the public interest by operating in a consistent manner with all applicable ethical, business and accreditation best practices. Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which nongovernmental associations recognize educational programs found to meet or exceed standards for educational quality. Accreditation also assists in the further improvement of these educational programs as related to resources invested, processes followed, and outcomes achieved.
 
CAHIIM and its sponsoring organization(s) cooperate to establish, maintain, and promote appropriate standards of quality for postsecondary educational programs in health informatics and health information management to provide competent, skilled professionals for the healthcare industry.

Overview

CAHIIM develops and adopts Accreditation Standards that are the basis for programmatic review and evaluation of degree granting programs in HI and HIM. The Standards provide the expectations and requirements to establish a well-developed quality program.  Currently, the Master's degree programs in Health Information Management are evaluated under the 2008 MHIM Standards.

These Standards are in the process of being revised by a diverse task force made up of CAHIIM Peer Reviewers, Health Information Management Accreditation Council (HIMAC) members, and program directors of MHIM programs.

The members of this volunteer work group are Dr. Mona Calhoun, Dr. Jude Haney, Dr. Debra Hamada, Dr. Anita Hazelwood, Jacqueline Moczygemba, Dr. Lisa Morton, Dr. Renae Spohn and Dr. Amy Watters. 

Standard 1.  Sponsoring Educational Institution

The sponsoring educational institution must be a postsecondary academic institution accredited by an institutional accrediting organization that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). The institution is authorized to award a graduate level degree.

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* Standard 1. Sponsoring Educational Institution

Standard 2. Graduate Program Structure

The health information management graduate program must be established as a core curriculum within a graduate level program of study and culminates with a master's degree.

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* Standard 2. Graduate Program Structure

Standard 3. Governance Structure

The sponsoring educational institution must demonstrate clear lines of authority and administrative governance of the program within the framework of the sponsoring institution.

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* Standard 3. Governance Structure

Standard 4. Program Mission

The program's mission must form the basis for program planning, implementation, and be compatible with the mission of the sponsoring educational institution and ethics of the health information management profession.

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* Standard 4. Program Mission

Standard 5. Program Effectiveness Measures

The program’s goals must state target outcomes to be achieved, are measurable, and align within the mission of the sponsoring educational institution.

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* Standard 5. Program Effectiveness Measures

Standard 6. Program Assessment Process

An ongoing assessment plan must include a process for systematic assessment and evaluation of the extent to which the mission and goals of the health information management program must be met.

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* Standard 6. Program Assessment Process

Standard 7. Program Assessment Outcomes

Results of the program’s ongoing assessment must be monitored and reflected in an action plan and reviewed by the program’s advisory board and others as appropriate to document program modifications.

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* Standard 7. Program Assessment Outcomes

Standard 8. Program Specific Curriculum & Competencies

The curriculum must build on the AHIMA competencies, currently in effect, for HIM education at the master’s degree level. The delivery of the curriculum content must include evaluation methods to assess student learning outcomes.

The program curriculum must stay current with evolving issues and practices in health information management. The program must demonstrate how the curriculum is routinely updated and relevant.

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* Standard 8. Program Specific Curriculum & Competencies

Standard 9. Interprofessional Education

The program must demonstrate Interprofessional education within the program curriculum. Interprofessional education must be evident.

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* Standard 9. Interprofessional Education

Standard 10. Faculty

The program must clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the faculty necessary to fully support and sustain the program.

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* Standard 10. Faculty

Standard 11. Professional Development

The program must provide evidence that faculty are current with evolving issues and practices in education and appropriate content area.

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* Standard 11. Professional Development

Standard 12. Program Director

The program shall clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the program director necessary to fully support and sustain the program. The program director must have a RHIA credential. A doctoral degree is preferred.

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* Standard 12. Program Director

Standard 13. Faculty Qualifications

The qualifications of each faculty member must include competence in assigned teaching areas. Each faculty member must have the necessary breadth and depth in relevant academic disciplines to support the program's goals.

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* Standard 13. Faculty Qualifications

Standard 14. Faculty Evaluation

Each faculty member's performance must be evaluated according to the institution's policies. Program director, faculty, students, and others are involved in the evaluation process per institutional policies.

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* Standard 14. Faculty Evaluation

Standard 15. Resources and Services

The program must demonstrate that instructional resources and services provided for the program including access to reference/library and information technology, as well as other resources used in the curriculum must be sufficient, and accessible by all students regardless of the delivery mode of the program.

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* Standard 15. Resources and Services

Standard 16. Financial Resources

Resources to support the program's goals and outcomes must include evidence of financial support for the program.

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* Standard 16. Financial Resources

Standard 17. Advisory Committee

An advisory committee, which is representative of the communities of interest, must be designated and charged with the responsibility of meeting at least annually, to assist program faculty and sponsoring educational institution personnel in formulating and periodically revising appropriate goals and curriculum, monitoring needs and expectations, and ensuring program responsiveness to change.

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* Standard 17. Advisory Committee

Standard 18. Student Program Progression

Documentation must be maintained for student admission, advisement, counseling, and progression within the program. Program leadership must maintain student records that reflect progress in achieving program requirements.

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* Standard 18. Student Program Progression

Standard 19. Accurate Published Information

Program information must accurately reflect the program offered and must be published and accessible to all applicants and enrolled students. Specific content required is outlined in the CAHIIM Accreditation Manual.

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* Standard 19. Accurate Published Information

Standard 20. Lawful and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Practices

All activities associated with the program, including student and faculty recruitment, student admission, and faculty employment practices, must demonstrate a culture of lawful and DEI practices in accordance with federal, state and university statutes, rules, and regulations.

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* Standard 20. Lawful and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Practices

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Thank you for your participation. 

If you have any questions please contact CAHIIM staff at info@cahiim.org

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