Margaret A. Skurka, MS, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA
Educator and Consultant
Areas of Expertise
- ICD-10-CM coding
- ICD-10-PCS coding
- E&M physician practice audits and education
- Health Information Management: Principles and Organization for Health Information Services
- Numerous articles in coding publications and journals including the JAHIMA of the AHIMA
- Code It’s™ in physician specialties, by KZA, Inc.
- AHIMA, national professional association for the HIM profession
- IHIMA, Indiana Health Information Management Association
- IFHIMA, International HIM Association
Margaret is a nationally recognized educator in Health Information Management (HIM) and an expert in ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. She has been in the HIM profession for 40 years. She is a full professor at Indiana University, at the Northwest campus in Gary, Indiana, and serves as Assistant Dean and Chair of the Department of Health Information Management. She carries the senior title of Chancellor’s professor. She also consults to physician practices and ambulatory surgery centers.
Margaret understands coded data, the importance of accuracy, and the tie to reimbursement. She performs effective audits of clinical documentation and follows this up with on-target physician education and feedback. She was on the ground floor of teaching ICD-10-CM/PCS nationwide as faculty in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Academies. At Indiana University she has taught courses in diagnostic and procedure coding, quality management, and other aspects of HIM. Her lifetime in academia has given her a solid knowledge of the core of HIM and given her the opportunity to be an author as well as an educator. She also maintains a strong commitment to the HIM profession with her work in speaking and assuming leadership roles in the national association, the AHIMA, and the state association in Indiana, the Indiana HIM Association. She was recognized by the University of Illinois, Department of HIM as the Alumnus of the Year in 2004.
Early in her career, Margaret worked at a suburban hospital in a management position in the HIM Department. She also worked as the Interim Director of Education for the AHIMA in Chicago, and did consulting in ambulatory care, long term care, and physician practices. Most recently, when she is not at the university in the summer, she does extensive speaking, consulting, and writing in the profession. Margaret and Karen Zupko teamed up in 1989 and developed the Code It’s™ tool, which was a popular diagnostic coding aid.
Margaret received her master’s degree from Purdue University in Education and Personnel Services. Her bachelor’s degree was from the University of Illinois in Health Information Management. She carries a certification from AHIMA as a certified coding specialist (CCS). She was also named a Fellow in the AHIMA in 2008, and received the AHIMA Distinguished Member of the Year award in 2010. This is the highest honor AHIMA bestows. She was the national President of AHIMA in 2000, and served 6 years on the Board of Directors. Most recently she was named the Chancellor’s Professor for 2015 at Indiana University Northwest.
Margaret and Richard Skurka are the proud parents of three grown children, all making their way as young professionals in the city of Chicago. Margaret enjoys playing in an 18-hole golf league and skiing in Steamboat Springs in the winter as time allows.