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Dr. Leah A. Grebner

Dr. Leah A. Grebner

Dr. Leah A. Grebner
Title: Director of Health Information Management
Rank: Professor
Dept: Health Information Management
Office: 234
Phone: (309) 692-4092 x2340
Fax: (309) 692-3893
Email: lgrebner@midstate.edu

Mailing Address

Attn: Dr. Leah A. Grebner
Director of Health Information Management
Midstate College
411 W. Northmoor Road
Peoria, IL 61614


2019 Fall Term (August 19th, 2019–November 10th, 2019)
Course Section Location Time
HI490: Health Information Administration Professional Practice Experience E Open LMS eLearning

Number of classes: 1

Office Hours

Course Location Time
General Office 234 M 8:00am–2:00pm
General Office 234 Tu 8:00am–12:00pm
General Office 234 W 12:00pm–2:00pm
General Office 234 Th 8:00am–11:30am
General by appointment F 8:00am–3:00pm
BIO121 - IN CLASS 128 W 8:00am–12:00pm
HI215 - IN CLASS 208 Tu 12:30pm–4:05pm


Leah Grebner, PhD, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA has 25+ years of experience in the Health Information Management career field. Her diverse background includes acute care inpatient and outpatient, home health, skilled nursing, physician office, and consulting in a variety of settings. She enjoys sharing her passion for this career field, not only through teaching, but also by volunteering with professional organizations at the regional, state, and national levels.

Leah is currently a member of the AHIMA Consumer Engagement Practice Council. Her greatest area of passion in the Health Information Management field is provision of education to the public regarding personal health records and health literacy. This has also inspired her to pursue her dissertation research study related to promoting health literacy. Leah enjoys being actively involved in professional organizations, giving presentations, and writing for both professional and layperson audiences. She has published two textbooks, "Medical Coding: Understanding ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS" in February 2012, and "Ethics Case Studies for Health Information Management" in 2008."

Leah was awarded the Literary Legacy Triumph Award by the American Health Information Management Association in 2012 and she delivered her first international presentation, "Promoting Student Success and Engagement Through Mentoring, Professional Association Involvement, and Networking" at the 17th Congress of the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in May 2013.


Fellow of American Health Information Management Association (2008)

Registered Health Information Administrator, No. 26180(2003)

Registered Health Information Technician, No. 40753(1996)Certified Coding Specialist, No. C09047 (1996)


  • PhD in Health Services, Specialization in Community Health Promotion and Education, 2014
    Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

    Dissertation Title:
    "Learning Style Needs and Effectiveness of Health Literacy Education"

  • AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Academy, Las Vegas, NV, 2009
    American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

    A workshop combining two online courses, providing basic training in ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, and three days of face-to-face training focused on engaging the trainer with in-class intermediate and advanced ICD-10 coding exercises.

  • Master of Science in Health Service Administration, 2005
    University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Healthcare Management Concentration, 2003
    Midstate College, Peoria, IL
  • Associate degree in Medical Records Technology, 1996
    Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

    Additional courses included: Microsoft Office 97, COBOL programming

  • Certificate in Medical Record Technology, 1996
    American Health Information Management Association, Chicago, IL

    Passed Certified Coding Specialist exam in July 1996 and Accredited Record Technician exam in October 1996

  • Attended Nursing Program, 1990
    Methodist Medical Center School of Nursing, Peoria, IL
  • Attended as Chemistry/Biology major, Music minor, 1988
    Bradley University, Peoria, IL

    Classes included: Chemistry, Biology, Calculus, Nutrition, Literature, Art, and Music

Work Experience

  • Cengage Learning (2017)

    Management of Health Information: Functions and Applications, Second Edition
    ISBN: 978-1-285-17488-4

  • McGraw-Hill (2010–present)

    Medical Coding: Understanding ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS
    ISBN: 0073402214

  • Proctor Hospital, Peoria, IL (2009–2010)
    PRN Coder

    Coding inpatient and outpatient records on a PRN basis for acute care hospital.

  • Delmar Cengage Learning (2008–2009)

    Ethics Case Studies for Health Information Management
    ISBN 13: 9781418049300
    ISBN 10: 1418049301

  • Midstate College, Peoria, IL (2005–present)
    Director, Health Information Technology
  • Maxim Coding Solutions, Gardena, CA (2004–2005)
    Remote Coder

    Remote coding for inpatient and outpatient records, including VA accounts.


  • Midstate College, Peoria, IL (2002–2005)
    Adjunct Faculty, Department of Allied Health, Midstate College

    Evening instructor for AH 200, Medical Office Procedures III (coding)

  • OSF Home Care, Peoria, IL (2001–2002)
    Supervisor of Health Information

    Supervised of 7-9 office employees, prepared monthly statistics, and applied knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid, and other third party billing regulations.

  • YPRO Corporation, Corydon, IN (2000–2004)
    Manager of Remote Coding and Development

    Managed coders working out of their homes, development of educational material for internal and external use, quality and compliance audits for work done by coders and auditors, tracking regulatory changes for clients and internal staff, marketing services to healthcare facilities, and presentation of education seminars. Subcontractor from November 2000 through November 2002; became a full-time employee in December 2002.


  • Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL (2000–2005)
    Adjunct Instructor, Department of Health Occupations

    Evening instructor for HEOCC 040, Introduction to CPT Coding

  • Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, Peoria, IL (1997–1998)
    PRN Coder

    Coded inpatient, outpatient, and rehabilitation records for acute care hospital on PRN basis.

  • Proctor Hospital, Peoria, IL (1994–2001)

    Coded records for acute care hospital inpatient, outpatient diagnostic, emergency department, addiction treatment, and skilled nursing services.

  • Peoria Family Medicine, Peoria, IL (1991–1992)

    Transcribed dictated reports and correspondence for Dr. Les Johnson and Dr. Henry San German.

  • Proctor Hospital, Peoria, IL (1989–1994)

    Held various clerical positions including outpatient diagnostic clerk, outpatient surgery clerk, abstractor, and quality assurance abstractor.

Awards and Certifications

  • AHIMA Literary Legacy Triumph Award, 2012
  • Fellow of American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA), 2008

    Fellow of American Health Information Management Association.
    The AHIMA Fellowship Program is a program of earned recognition for AHIMA members who have made significant and sustained contributions to advancement of the Health Information Management (HIM) discipline through meritorious service, excellence in professional practice, excellence in HIM education, and advancement of the profession through innovation and knowledge sharing. Individuals who earn fellowship may use the designation Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA). The names of these individuals will be maintained in the AHIMA Registry of Fellows.
    For additional information and a list of Fellows, go to http://www.ahima.org/fellow

  • Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), 2003
  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), 1996
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), 1996