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Under Construction - Career Map for Healthcare Documentation

Career Levels Based on Skills, Education, and Experience

The four skill levels were developed as a collaborative effort between the Manager/Supervisor Steering Committee and the Compensation Best Practices Task Force. Managers representing both healthcare organizations (ambulatory and inpatient) and medical transcription service organizations (MTSOs) developed the skill sets based on medical transcription/editing work type knowledge, quality assurance/document integrity review experience, work environment, technical expertise, critical thinking skills, managerial experience, and soft skills. Organizations represented are utilizing these skill levels to develop job descriptions, educational requirements and pay ranges for each level. For more detail, please review AHDI's Compensation Best Practices Toolkit.


Individuals possess basic or entry level knowledge with little to no experience in a particular position. Individual may be mentored while increasing the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience. Positions mapped include:

  • Healthcare Documentation Specialist


View Entry Level Careers 

Individuals possess proficient knowledge within certain areas of expertise. Nature of work performed may be limited in scope or for a specific area/specialty. Positions mapped include:

  • Healthcare Documentation Specialist
  • Medical Scribe
  • Healthcare Integrity Auditor
  • Coder
  • HIM Technician/Analyst
  • Patient Services Representative
  • Medical Secretary

View Mid-Level Careers   

Individuals possess proficient knowledge and experience across all areas of responsibility. Individuals accept additional responsibility and tasks such as QA tasks, mentor peers, assist with projects, etc. Positions mapped include:

  • Department Technical Analyst
  • Application System Analyst/EPMI
  • EHR Trainer
  • SR Trainer
  • Patient Portal Liaison
  • Physician Coordinator for Department
  • Healthcare Documentation Specialist
  • Medical Scribe
  • Healthcare Integrity Auditor
  • Healthcare Integrity Auditor Educator
  • QA Specialist
  • HIM Technician/Analyst
  • HIM Data Analyst
  • Coder
  • Data Integrity Revisionist

View Advanced Level Careers  

Individuals possess expert knowledge and experience across all areas of responsibility. Individuals are a subject matter expert resource to others, and often assume responsibility for other employees. Positions mapped include:

  • EHR/IT Manager
  • IT HIM Analyst
  • Physician Liaison for Healthcare System
  • HDS Manager or Supervisor
  • Healthcare Integrity Auditor/Coordinator 
  • Healthcare Integrity Auditor Supervisor or Manager
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement
  • HIM Operations Supervisor or Manager
  • HIM Senior Analyst

View Master Level Careers 


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