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Meet Our Health Information Technology Faculty

Todd Nickelsberg, M.S.

Todd Nickelsberg

Todd Nickelsberg

Assistant Professor

M.S., Saint Joseph’s University
B.S., Peirce College
A.A.S., Community College of Philadelphia

Subject Areas: Health Information Technology, Health Informatics, Medical Coding, Health Administration, Healthcare Finance, Community/Public Health

Professor Todd Nickelsberg teaches in both the Health Information Technology (HIT) and Healthcare Information Administration (HIA) programs at Peirce College. He has spent the majority of his career working in various healthcare settings serving as Privacy Officer, Associate Executive Director of Program Standards and Capacity Management and most recently as Clinical Consultant. Professor Nickelsberg is very passionate about teaching adult learners and has been doing so for almost nine years.

He earned his associate degree in Paralegal Studies from Community College of Philadelphia, his bachelor's degree in Paralegal studies from Peirce College and his Masters of Science in Health Administration with a concentration in Health Information Technology from Saint Joseph's University. Professor Nickelsberg is actively exploring various Doctoral programs as he firmly believes that lifelong learning not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development; but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness. Professor Nickelsberg is also an active member of the following trade associations; American College of Healthcare Executives, American Public Health Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Health Information and Management Systems Society and American Health Information Management Association.

Professor Nickelsberg has a considerable amount of experience performing financial and clinical audits that include Risk Adjustment and Medical Record Reviews (MRRs), Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) Payment Integrity Reviews and Care and Quality Improvement Audits. He has performed these audits in a variety of healthcare settings that include long-term care facilities, ambulatory care facilities, inpatient medical settings and various behavioral healthcare facilities that include inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol programs.

At Peirce, he teaches Statistical Applications in Healthcare; ICD-10 Coding; Computer Information Systems for HIT; Advanced Quality Management and Performance Improvement in Healthcare; Electronic Health Records; Health Code Sets, Clinical Terminologies and Classification Systems; and Advanced ICD-10 Coding.

In his spare time, Professor Nickelsberg enjoys spending time with his daughter, watching re-runs of Seinfeld, and following his favorite NCAA College Football team, The Ohio State University Buckeyes.

Contact Todd Nickelsberg, M.S.:

    The Peirce College Associate in Science in Health Information Technology (HIT) degree program is taught by an experienced faculty with a background working in healthcare professions. Our HIT professors prepare students for employment in hospitals, office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, public health agencies and other organizations that use patient data or health information such as law and insurance firms and pharmaceutical companies.

    The faculty's goal with the Health Information Technology degree program is to show their students how to apply sound theories and principles of health information technology based upon the 2012 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) curriculum competencies and the accreditation requirements of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

    In your introductory-level courses, the faculty will teach you about medical terminology with an emphasis on analysis of components, meaning, spelling and pronunciation and then give you lessons on the basics of health information management. This includes teachings on the history of healthcare, organization of healthcare delivery in the United States, medical record types and content and preparation for career opportunities.

    As you move through the associate degree program, the faculty will also offer lessons on statistical applications in healthcare, legal issues relating to the field, healthcare reimbursement, ICD-10 medical coding (including advanced coding), outpatient coding, computer information systems and the managing quality and improving performance. The faculty will guide you through coverage of the theory and practice of performance and quality improvement processes in healthcare organizations, further preparing you to work in an HIT capacity.

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