Topic: Certification Title Name Change of RRA to RHIA and ART to RHIT
Intent: Change Current Certification Titles for RRA and ART
Addressed To: 1999 House of Delegates
Originators: AHIMA Board of Directors Council on Certification
Approved by: 1999 House of Delegates
Date: October 3, 1999
Whereas, throughout its history, AHIMA has responded to industry dynamics with corresponding changes to its name and certification titles;
Whereas, since the Association changed its name in 1991 from the American Medical Record Association (AMRA) to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), members and volunteer leaders have expressed concern over the lack of consistency between the organization's new name and its certification titles;
Whereas, market research supports that the current titles are inaccurate in representing the skill sets and roles of today's HIM professionals;
Whereas, the use of "health information" in certification titles is more compatible with the current direction of both the profession and the industry;
Whereas, the term "registered" serves as a validation of professional skills for both administrator and technician practice;
Whereas, the phrase "health information" accurately describes the domain of the professional's knowledge and expertise, which in recent years has expanded in scope well beyond the medical record;
Whereas, the phrase "health information" provides an updated and consistent link to the Association's name;
Whereas, the terms "administrator" and "technician" are consistent with domains of health information practice.
Resolved, that the certification title for Registered Record Administrator (RRA) be changed to Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and that the certification title for Accredited Record Technician (ART) be changed to Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), both effective January 1, 2000.