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Coding Education Program Approved by AHIMA

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American Health Information Management Association logoAlfred State College is pleased to announce that its coding & reimbursement (CRS) certificate program, a comprehensive coding program, has been awarded the status of approval by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) in conjunction with the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI). This is the highest recognition available for a coding certificate program. This approval is effective for five years: Sept. 16, 2011, and expires on Sept. 1, 2016.

The AHIMA approval identifies comprehensive coding education programs which have been evaluated by a peer review process against national minimum standards for entry-level coding professionals. This process allows academic institutions, healthcare organizations, and private companies to be acknowledged as providing an AHIMA-Approved Coding Certificate Program.

The approval designation assures healthcare providers that graduates of the Alfred State coding program possess the necessary job skills to attain success in entry-level coding positions. Students are guided through a comprehensive coding curriculum providing them with more than 264 hours of instruction in ICD-9-CM and CPT coding and reimbursement methodologies.

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals. AHIMA’s 52,000 members are dedicated to the effective management of personal health information needed to deliver quality healthcare to the public. Founded in 1928 to improve the quality of medical records, AHIMA is committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning. To learn more, go to www.ahima.org.

Alfred State College, a member of the technology college sector within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers outstanding educational opportunities for students in its nearly 53 associate degree programs, 19 baccalaureate degree programs, and several certificate programs. ASC continues to expand its online education offerings to include more than 56 online courses as well as two complete curriculum options (health information technology and court and realtime reporting). Numerous vocational-technical offerings stressing hands-on learning are available at the School of Applied Technology Campus located in nearby Wellsville, NY. The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and several programs are also accredited or approved by program-specific professional organizations. The College is located in Alfred, NY, a scenic village in Allegany County. It is 15 miles north of the Pennsylvania border, 70 miles south of Rochester, and 90 miles southeast of Buffalo.