Meet a Member: ‘Take it slow and trust in yourself’

CDI Blog - Volume 14, Issue 27

Huma Ahmed, MBBS/MD, MBA, CCDS, CDIP, CCS, is an area director of CDI at Kindred Healthcare in Pearland, Texas. She was a practicing physician before entering the CDI field seven years ago. 

ACDIS: Why did you get into this line of work? 
It was interesting to me all the things that happen on the backend after seeing a patient. The administrative side of the hospital was always intriguing to me, so CDI offered me the chance to explore further.

ACDIS: What has been your biggest challenge? 
My biggest challenges have been related to getting facility buy-in.

ACDIS: What has been your biggest reward?
I absolutely love it when I can have a conversation with other physicians, and they are absolutely shocked as to much their documentation matters. After that they more engaged and have a greater desire to complete queries and ask questions.

ACDIS: How has the field changed since you began working in CDI?
I have noticed that facility members are now more aware of CDI and the importance of us needing admin support.

ACDIS: What has been your favorite part of participating on the ACDIS Leadership Council?
It’s nice to be a part of a community of people eager to learn and come together to help and support others looking for answers.

ACDIS: What piece of advice would you offer to a new CDI specialist?
I started out with no confidence thinking that I don’t know enough. Looking back now I would say to have patience. You can’t know everything, it takes time and things are ALWAYS changing. Take it slow and trust in yourself. You got this!

ACDIS: If you could have any other job, what would it be? 
I genuinely love what I do, knowing that I am making a difference. I enjoy doing facility and physician education sessions.

ACDIS: What was your first job?
In high school I worked two jobs. I worked at a convenience store, and I worked at the local library. It was a great learning experience and taught me how to deal with people in a positive manner.

ACDIS: Can you tell us about a few of your favorite things?

  • Vacation spots: I have not had the opportunity to vacation much. I would love to visit Hawaii one day!
  • Hobby: I like to play video games!
  • Non-alcoholic beverage: Diet Coke
  • Foods: I love anything with cheese! Pasta, pizza, and just plain cheese.
  • Activity: Watching comedy shows

ACDIS: Tell us about your family and how you like to spend your time away from CDI.
I am a single mom and I work quite a bit. It would be nice to take some time off to focus on my son!

ACDIS: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
It’s important to love what you do and surround yourself by good positive people. Also, know that work will always be there, take some time and enjoy your family.