Maria Noelle Ward, M.Ed, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P
Director of HIM Practice Excellence, AHIMA
Maria N. Ward, M.Ed, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P is a director of HIM Practice Excellence for AHIMA. In her role she provides professional practice expertise to AHIMA members, the media and outside organizations on coding practice issues. She authors and supports AHIMA online ICD-10 coding education and serves as faculty for the AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Academies. In addition, she is a technical advisor for the Association on ICD-9-CM, CPT, and ICD-10-CM/PCS coding publications.
Prior to joining AHIMA, Ms. Ward served as HIM Director and Compliance Officer for a small chain of acute care hospitals specializing in inpatient rehabilitation and inpatient geriatric psychiatry. She has over 20 years of HIM experience in various roles. As an educator, she was an adjunct faculty member at South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas, and has provided coder training in the West Texas area. Additionally, she spent over ten years working in the long-term care industry in HIM and administration.