SOMC Utley Named AHIMA Certified Coding Trainer

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently named Susie Utley, manager of Coding and Reimbursement at Southern Ohio Medical Center, an ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer. The trainer certificate represents a high level of achievement and demonstrates proficiency and a broad base of knowledge in the area of coding and reimbursement.

“As a certified trainer, I will be qualified to train other coders and SOMC staff on the new coding system,” Utley said. “This certification is beneficial and has provided me with the confirmation that I have the necessary knowledge to assist our organization in a smooth transition to the new coding and reimbursement structure.”

Utley has been employed at SOMC for 28 years with 22 years in coding and reimbursement and she is an AHIMA certified coding specialist. Utley will be recognized on the AHIMA website and will be a member of the AHIMA Ambassador Program.

The ICD-10 coding structure will replace the current coding system, called ICD-9 and will directly impact hospital reimbursement. The United States is one of the last countries in the world to make this conversion, set for October 1, 2013.