Meet Karen Newhouser, RN, BSN, CCM, CCDS, CCS, CDIP, and Director of Education at MedPartners!

Karen Newhouser

When did you start working at MedPartners?

November 28, 2011

Brief summary of skills and/or specialties:

My greatest skill is in CDI, where I have been in the field since 2004. I sit on the ACDIS Advisory Board and was honored as the 2015 CDI Professional of the Year. I also have leadership experience and managed a CDI program at a large top ten hospital, leading it through two expansions and initiating cutting edge programs. I hold two current CDI certifications (CCDS and CDIP). I also have Case Management experience and hold a current certification (CCM), and hold a current Certified Coding Specialist credential (CCS). I am an avid writer and I am fortunate to be asked to speak across the country, as well as co-teach at AHIMA workshops.

What is an interesting/fun fact we would be surprised to learn about you?

I’m very afraid of the water and cannot swim; however, I live on Gulf Blvd with amazing views of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway, and I LOVE it! I walk the beach regularly and am a beginner sheller (hunter of seashells).

What is your best work memory?

My best work memory was the day that I received the email from Lora Clements that changed my life. It was just a random email sent to the local ACDIS chapter members and as my peers in the office were discussing how wonderful the opportunity sounded, I was holding my phone under my desk and responding to Lora without letting the rest of the team know – because MedPartners was just what I had been looking for and I wanted that position!

What makes MedPartners different from any company you’ve ever worked for? What core value (Be the Best, Understand the Urgency, Never Give Up, Have the Courage to Excel or Make A Contribution) do you relate to most, and why?

There are so many reasons why MedPartners is different from any company I’ve worked for! One of the main reasons is that they really CARE and embody a family mentality by ensuring that you are putting yourself first. They realize that you can’t Be the Best without Being YOUR Best (which Marci will tell you I struggle with because I put everyone and everything before myself)! I’m trying though, and it is wonderful to have such great role models at MedPartners who encourage me. This probably explains which core value relates to me – Be the Best! I’ve always had a goal of being the best and have always told my children to be the best at whatever they do in life.


Working at MedPartners

Have you heard the expression “The World is Yours”? This is our motto and has made MedPartners one of the fastest growing – industry leading private companies in the country. If you are inspired by success, we have a unique opportunity for you. Your energy and passion are needed! If you are confident you could do anything with the right guidance and opportunity, then MedPartners wants you! Contact us to learn about our internal opportunities.