Margaret A. Skurka, MS, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA
Chancellor’s Professor and Professor Emeritus
College of Health and Human Service
Indiana University Northwest
Principal, MAS, Inc
Frankfort, IL 60423
Professor Margaret A. Skurka is a nationally recognized consultant in Health Information Management, specifically in the area of coding and classification. She provides consulting services to hospitals, healthcare facilities, ambulatory surgery centers and physician practices nationwide. Her expertise includes a lifetime in the standards area, specifically coding and classification, ICD-10-CM, CPT, clinical documentation improvement for physicians and hospitals, practice management, and reimbursement. She is a Professor Emeritus at Indiana University where she served 40 years in the Department of Health and Human Services, Indiana University School of Medicine as Director of the Department of Health Information Management.
Ms. Skurka served as an officer of the International Health Information Management Association (IFHIMA) for a 9-year term, including 3 years as President Elect, 3 years as President, and 3 years as Past President. She was appointed to the World Health Association’s Family of International Classification Systems (WHO-FIC) for the past 15 years. She has a seat on the WHO- FIC with voice and vote, representing the international HIM association. She also has had a seat on the WHO’s Morbidity Reference Group (MbRG) for the past 6 years, with voice and vote, and the same representation. She served a six-year term on the Executive Board of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), first as a Director. She then was elected to the Presidency for a 3 year term—President Elect for 1 year, national President the following year, and subsequently was the Past President in year three during which time the organization had 40,000+ members. Through the years she also served at the state level including as President of the Indiana Health Information Management Association and many years of board service.
Ms. Skurka is the editor of the text, “Health Information Management: Principles and Organization for Health Information Services,” now in its 6th edition. The most recent edition was published in 2017. Ms. Skurka earned an MS from Purdue University and holds a BS from the University of Illinois. Ms. Skurka was named to NCVHS in 2020 and serves on the Subcommittee on Standards.