ASC’s Green Named Among the Top 10 in HIM

Michelle GreenMichelle Green, MPS, RHIA, FAHIMA (NY), CMA (AAMA), CPC,  PCS, SUNY (State University of New York) Distinguished Teaching Professor, Physical and Life Sciences Department, Alfred State College, was named among the Top 10 in HIM (health information management), as published in the Advance for Health Information Professionals newsmagazine.

Green's attraction to the field began when she was 16 and sent away for a book called 200 Careers in the Health Field. The only one that did not require patient contact was medical record science, and Green's mind was made up--she'd head to Alfred State College (it had dorms, and she wanted to live away from home) to study HIM.

After graduation, Green worked as HIM director in a couple of hospitals, then, in 1984, Alfred State inquired to see if she would be interested in teaching at her alma mater. She accepted, and now Green is part of a successful HIT program. In five of the last eight years, the program has had a 100 percent pass rate for the registered health information technician (RHIT) exam.

A few years ago, the program went from traditional to online, and Green easily made the transition, with one caveat. She admitted that she missed being in front of her students. "I have to admit that I am a bit of an actor, I guess," Green said. "I'm kind of a ham."

Other than that, though, online teaching was a natural switch. Green, who has written several books for Delmar Cengage Learning, knew she could not bring her far-flung students on campus for a formal RHIT review course. Instead, she brought the review to them, designing RHIT ExamPrep, a program that her students could access online.

"Every time they click on a practice exam in one of the domains, they get a new set of questions," Green explained.

To view an abbreviated version of an interview with Professor Green, and listen to an auditory vignette about her teaching philosophy, go to

Green, a member of the Alfred State College faculty since 1984, teaches courses online in health information technology and coding and reimbursement specialist and serves as academic adviser.

She attained the ranks of assistant, associate, and full professor in 1988, 1993, and 1999, respectively.  In 2004, she was honored with the SUNY Distinguished Professor designation.

In 2008, Green received the 2008 FORE Triumph Educator Award from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), which honors those who demonstrate excellence in preparing the next generation of professionals for their HIM (health information management) careers. 

In 2000, Green was honored with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, receiving a cast bronze medallion, suitable to be worn at academic ceremonies, and an inscribed certificate.

Green is the co-author of Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Billing and Reimbursement with JoAnn C. Rowell, Essentials of Health Information Management with Mary Jo Bowie, and author of 3-2-1 Code It!

Green was selected as an Outstanding Young Woman of America for 1997; she was also named to Who's Who among America's Teachers, 1994 and 2000.

Green holds a master of professional studies degree from Alfred University, a bachelor of science degree from Daemen College, Buffalo, and an associate's degree in applied science from Alfred State College.  She serves on the Commission of Certification for the American York Health Information Management Association.

A graduate of Elmira Free Academy, Green resides in Belmont with her husband Michael and son Eric.

Alfred State College, a member of the technology college sector within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers outstanding educational opportunities for students in its nearly 60 associate degree programs, 17 baccalaureate degree programs, and several certificate programs. ASC continues to expand its online education offerings to include more than 56 online courses as well as two complete curriculum options (health information technology and court and realtime reporting). Numerous vocational-technical offerings stressing hands-on learning are available at the School of Applied Technology Campus located in nearby Wellsville, NY. The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and several programs are also accredited or approved by program-specific professional organizations. Academic programs, residential facilities, and co-curricular activities are provided to meet the educational, cultural, social, and recreational needs of students. The College is located in Alfred, NY, a scenic village in Allegany County. It is 15 miles north of the Pennsylvania border, 70 miles south of Rochester, and 90 miles southeast of Buffalo.

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