Barbara Marsh

1. What is your first and last name, current title/role, and credentials?
Barbara Marsh, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P Currently HIMS Instructor at Central Community College, Grand Island

2. What has surprised you about being the HIM profession?
Maybe how many times a patient asked me why I wouldn’t just code it the way the insurance company “said to” so it would be paid.

3. What do you like best about being an HIM professional?
The employment possibilities that a HIM professional has.

4. What have you found to be the most challenging experiences you have had as an HIM professional so far?
Finding quality and reasonable continuing education classes offered locally is one challenge I can think of.

5. If you could change one thing about the HIM profession, what would it be?
More networking opportunities among HIM professionals on a regular basis and not just on an annual basis.

6. Has anyone influenced your decision to become an HIM professional or to change roles within the HIM profession? If so, who and what did they say or do to influence you?

7. What is an element of being an HIM professional you wish more people understood?
What is actually involved in all aspects of what we do.

8. What would you tell someone who is thinking about becoming an HIM professional?
Be prepared for constant change, and make sure you are a person who likes to pay attention to detail. Then offer them my contact info so they can stay in touch and ask questions they have along the way.