Cassi Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA, System-wide Director of HIM/Revenue Integrity, UC San Diego Health
Ms. Birnbaum provides enterprise-wide leadership and strategic direction for all activities related to HIM, coding, clinical documentation and revenue integrity for the UC San Diego Healthcare system which provides outstanding care and breakthroughs in medical research as one of “America’s Best Hospitals”. She is also a faculty member for both UCSD Extension and San Diego Mesa College Health Information Management academic programs.
As a Past Board Chair/President of AHIMA (2014 – 2016), Cassi was able to successfully lead the industry, profession and its members to realizing its vision with a successful transition to ICD-10, Information Governance, and adoption of its Global Curriculum. She presently represents the AHIMA Board of Directors on CAHIIM, and Chairs the 2017 BOD Strategic Planning Task Force. Cassi was previously an AHIMA Director from 2009 – 2012 and chaired the Governance Committee and the Advocacy and Alliance Task Group.
Cassi was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Health Professions Alumna recipient for the University of Kansas Medical Center, and recently was awarded by 3M Healthcare the 2018 Innovator of the Year for accomplishments associated with Professional Fee and Single Path Coding.
She is the Past President for California Health Information Association from 2006 -2008, and received its prestigious Distinguished Member Award in 2009. She is an officer of SDHC Board (San Diego Connect – Region Health Information Exchange), a position she has held since 2010.
She was the Senior Vice President of HIM and Consulting from an HIM company from 2011 - 2015, specializing in providing remote coding, auditing, clinical documentation improvement, ICD-10 transition and HIM resource planning services and consultation nationwide.
She was previously the Director of Health Information, CDI and Chief Privacy Officer for Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego for fifteen years, and the Director of Quality Resource Management at Scripps Health.
She was the Co-Chair of the CCHIT Privacy and Compliance Workgroup, California Healthcare Association (CHA)'s Health Care Informatics and Information Technology Group, CalPSAB's Privacy Committee, and California’s Office of Health Information Integrity’s Policy Commission.