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Health IT instructor adds to credentials

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             Kimberly F. Simpson, a new full-time Health Information Management Technology instructor  at Athens Technical College, recently became an American Health Information Management Association  approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, according to an announcement from Dianne S. Campbell, dean of the college’s Business and Public Service division.

            AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainers are qualified to teach the International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-CM/PCS) courses, which are alphanumeric codes assigned to various medical procedures and diagnoses.

            The college’s Business and Public Service division now has three AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainers on the faculty: Ms. Simpson, Joyce S. Waters and Sarah A. Malone. While other colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia have qualified and certified trainers for their programs, according to Ms. Campbell, she is one of a few deans, if not the only one, in the TCSG to have three.

            Ms. Simpson has worked in the information technology field for 20 years and began by setting up help desks to support on-line reservation systems for airlines. She also worked as a technical analyst IV with technology company Hewlett Packard, where she served as a member of a support/project team responsible for system implementation of a global business-to-business application.  Budget cuts eliminated her position in December 2006 so she decided to re-invent herself to compete in the health information technology field.

            “I always knew that there had to be a need for an IT person who also had clinical knowledge, so I decided to go back to school to move over to the healthcare side of IT and did so by first working on my medical billing and coding certification,” Ms. Simpson said.

            After further training, she took on various jobs related to medical billing and contract coding, later landing a job with McKesson, a pharmaceutical distributor and health care information technology company, where she provided implementation and support for their electronic health records system and meaningful use. She also decided to look for a part-time teaching job, and during her search, Athens Technical College extended an offer to teach full-time. Ms. Simpson began instructing at the college August 2012.

             Ms. Simpson holds a Master of Science degree from Southern Polytechnic State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mercer University Atlanta — with a concentration in Computer Information Systems.  She also has her Certified Professional Coder designation with the American Academy of Professional Coders.

            She plans to start working on her Registered Health Information Administrator certification in fall of 2013.

Don Nelson

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