For every doctor and nurse who provides medical care, there are professionals working behind the scenes for the wellbeing of patients. Registered Health Information Administrators handle health information and manage medical records. But to attain this position, candidates must pass the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam. The American Health Information Management Association administers the test.
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What are the eligibility requirements to take the Registered Health Information Administrator exam?
Candidates must meet one of several different education requirements. At a minimum, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited Health Information Management program. For the list of requirements, consult the American Health Information Management Association guidelines.
What’s the fee to take the exam?
The test fee is $217.55 for American Health Information Management Association premier members, $229 for members, and $299 for non-members.
How many questions are on the exam?
There are 180 questions on the test. Of those, 160 are scored and 20 are not.
What is the passing score for the Registered Health Information Administrator exam?
Candidates must achieve a score of 300 (out of 400) to pass the test.
When will I receive my test results?
Candidates will receive their test results when they complete their exam.
How much time do I have to complete the exam?
Candidates have four hours to complete the test.
Can I bring my own calculator into the test room?
No. Calculators are among the list of prohibited items and cannot be brought into the test room. Other banned items include cell phones, digital devices, handbags, and purses. You should consult your test materials for a complete list of banned items.
What’s on the Registered Health Information Administrator test?
The exam contains five different domains, or content, areas. They are:
- Data Content, Structure & Standards (Information Governance). This section will assess an individual’s ability in classification systems, including using established guidelines for code diagnosis and procedures; health record content and documentation, including health data and records accuracy and integrity; data governance, including understanding regulatory requirements in maintaining data; and data management and secondary data sources, including database management.
- Information Protection: Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy, and Security. Candidates can expect questions in areas that include health law, including healthcare information laws; data privacy, confidentiality, and security, which includes the ability to design policies to implement privacy and security practices to protect health information; and the release of information, including policy development on the release and disclosure of health information.
- Informatics, Analytics, and Data Use includes health information technologies and technology applications management; strategic planning and the ability to summarize and synthesize data for uses in the organization; analytics and decision support, including information interpretation for the end user; the ability to calculate and analyze healthcare statistics; and understanding the best data sources for research.
- Revenue Management includes issues involving the revenue cycle and reimbursement; regulatory issues like the ability to process and perform audits; ensuring coding accuracy; fraud, including medical identity theft; and reimbursement documentation.
- Leadership involves meeting organization and facilitation; support and motivation through coaching and mentoring; new process implementation and organizational change; process improvement plans (developing and monitoring); human resources activities, including staff recruiting and job description creation; the ability to assist in capital budget preparation; and management activities that include project management, vendor/contractor management, and enterprise information management.
Should I arrive at the test center early?
Yes. Any candidate who arrives more than 15 minutes late will not be allowed to take the exam and will forfeit all exam fees.
What identification will I need on test day?
Candidates must present two forms of identification: a primary and secondary form. The primary form must be government-issued identification, like a driver’s license or passport, that contains a photograph and signature. Secondary identification must contain the candidate’s signature. A social security card or credit card are among the forms of acceptable secondary identification.
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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: March 13, 2019