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Deanna Peterson, MHA, CS, RHIA, CHPS, LNHA

Deanna Peterson



Deanna Peterson, MHA, RHIA, CHPS, LNHA is the Sr. VP of Operations and LTPAC Services at First Class Solutions.  She has worked in several provider settings and conducts operational assessments, has served in Interim Management positions, and provides ongoing guidance on operations, compliance and regulatory issues, and privacy and security. 

Since 2010 she has been an active volunteer in regional, state and national associations.  She has served on many association committees and as President of eMHIMA and MoHIMA.  She has been both a member and co-chair of AHIMA’s LTPAC and P&S Practice Councils.  She received the MoHIMA 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Award, AHIMA 2017 Emerging Leader Award and MoHIMA 2022 Distinguished Service Award. 

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Position Statement Question

AHIMA’s mission is empowering people to impact health®. What distinctive expertise and experience do you have to contribute to AHIMA’s mission?
Throughout my HIM career, I have volunteered at the regional, state and national levels in an effort to lead and inspire other HIM professionals. As President of eMHIMA, I helped develop a strategic plan for education that offered members greater access to education at a nominal cost. As President of MoHIMA, I led the association during COVID and helped navigate our first virtual meeting. While our members were not able to meet face-to-face, MoHIMA was still able to deliver needed continuing education opportunities to our membership. 

As a member and co-chair of both the LTPAC Practice Council and Privacy and Security Practice Council, I led the Councils as we developed member resources and responded to regulatory changes. 

As a consultant in post-acute care, I continually work with clients to eliminate antiquated processes and develop streamlined methods for resident/responsible party access to health information. Additionally, as a consultant in acute care, I have developed tools and reports that concisely highlight the presence and/or lack thereof of patient data integrity for healthcare organization leaders. One’s impact on health is dependent upon the quality of data. One of our goals must be to ensure data integrity. 

Finally, I have mentored students who have progressed to leadership positions in a variety of healthcare-related environments where they are impacting health from diverse standpoints.

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