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Director Health Information Management, Mount Vernon, WA

Skagit Regional Health


Mount Vernon, WA

October 21, 2019

Job Summary: This position contributes to Skagit Regional Health’s patient safety, compliance, financial strength, and overall performance by providing leadership for all health information management functions. As such, this position is responsible for monitoring and facilitating improvement in the overall quality, timeliness, completeness, and accuracy of HIM processes (such as coding, record completion, and release of information) for assigned facilities.

Further, this individual is responsible for ensuring adherence to applicable governmental and payer regulations, as well as maintaining a HIM compliance plan in order to avoid penalties. The incumbent assumes responsibility for operational management, as well as administrative and fiscal matters pertaining to HIM.

Essential functions:

Supervises all facets of HIM operations including but not limited to coding, release of information and record completion. Creates the strategic direction for HIM across the health system with an approach centered on maintaining and improving patient safety, compliance, financial strength, and efficiency. Responsible for fiscal management of all HIM operations, including creation of annual operating budgets and monitoring of expenditures. Participates in drafting and approving processes for HIM policies and procedures. Oversight of the SRH Forms Committee. Responsible for development and administration of the HIM components of SRH’s EHR (electronic health record).

Plays an active role in setting standards and evaluating performance of HIM operations across entities to ensure quality and productivity standards are being met (including executing on best in practice KPIs’s). Creates opportunities for professional growth among HIM staff through actions such as sharing industry literature, participating in professional organizations, conferences, and more.

Provides direction for HIM management by outlining operational goals and initiatives.

Guarantees that medical record, coding, and other technology used within the department remains updated; continually evaluates alternative or additional solutions that may further increase accuracy, efficiency, patient safety and/or compliance. Communicates with other system leaders to establish accountability and coordination between HIM and key stakeholders. Delegates the solving of HIM problems and inefficiencies to managerial staff. Ensures that all current HIM operations are in accordance with relevant regulations and standards including but not limited to HIPAA and DNV.

Approves guidelines created for interviewing, hiring, onboarding, and ongoing training of HIM staff.

Assists in analyzing and making decisions regarding staffing levels, structures, and compensation.

Performs other related duties as assigned


Bachelor's degree in a health-related field strongly desired. Applicants with 10 or more years of HIM Management experience may be considered.


Five or more years in a HIM management position required. 3 years general experience in medical records department required.


RHIA or RHIT certification required.

Other Skills:

Familiarity with HIM department’s technological systems (Epic, OnBase, 3M). Strong analytical abilities and problem-solving skills. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills Ability to confidently identify and solve problems. Thorough understanding of ICD-10’s potential impact on a healthcare organization. Knowledge of MS Office Suite. Exceptional leader with ability to foster staff motivation and a productive working environment. Proven abilities related to project planning, management, and prioritization. Thorough attention to detail and analytical skills.

Strong knowledge of regulatory standards related to HIM functions. Ability to adapt to change and handle challenges proactively and with poise.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time; when working in office. Repetitive tasks such as typing, sitting, answering phones, and interacting with computers and computer systems most of the day is a function of the position. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus. This position requires working in an indoor, environmentally controlled environment when in the office.

Our Mission:

To continually improve the health of our communities serving with compassion and respect, one person at a time.

About Us:

Skagit Regional Health the umbrella name for Skagit Valley Hospital, Skagit Regional Clinics, and Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics is a health care leader in Northwest Washington, providing advanced, quality and comprehensive services to the people of our communities. Skagit Regional Health has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Skagit Regional Health is a smoke free campus and is committed to Safety, Compassion, Presentation, and Efficiency.

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