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HIM 205: Reimbursement Methodologies

Course Description

This course covers reimbursement methodologies used in all healthcare settings as they relate to national billing, compliance, and reporting requirements. Topics include prospective payment systems, billing process and procedures, chargemaster maintenance, regulatory guidelines, reimbursement monitoring, and compliance strategies and reporting. Upon completion, students should be able to perform data quality reviews to validate code assignment and comply with reimbursement and reporting requirements. (3 credits)

This course meets certain CAHIIM competencies for HIM Majors.

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Distinguish major payment methods in the US.
  2. Discuss the coding compliance issues that influence reimbursement.
  3. Differentiate major types of healthcare insurance plans.
  4. Define basic language associated with reimbursement by commercial healthcare insurance plans and by Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans.
  5. Differentiate among and identify the various government-sponsored healthcare programs.
  6. Discuss the history of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in America.
  7. Describe and trace the origins and evolution of the different types of managed care plans.
  8. Manage the use of clinical data required by various payment and reimbursement systems.
  9. Define and discuss the components of the revenue cycle management.
  10. Apply principles of healthcare finance for revenue management
  11. Implement processes for revenue cycle management and reporting
  12. Describe the origins and evolution of value-based purchasing and pay for performance models.
  13. Participate in selection and development of applications and processes for chargemaster and claims management

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

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Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussion (Weeks 1-7)

20%

Homework (Weeks 1-7)

20%

Quizzes (Weeks 2, 4, 6 & 7)

40%

Final Exam (Week 8)

 20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478
  • Castro, Anne and Elizabeth Layman. Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement. 6th ed. AHIMA Press, 2018. ISBN-13: 978-1-58426-646-4

Course Schedule

(Notes: Course week runs Monday 12:00 am EST - Sunday 11:59 pm EST. Initial Discussion Posts are due by end of day Wednesday.  All other work is due by end of day Sunday):

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,3

Topics: Healthcare Reimbursement Methodologies, Clinical Coding and Coding Compliance

  • Reading:
    • Chapters 1 & 2
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Competency Assignment - Coding Audit Analysis (Student Online Workbook)
  • Submit Chapter 1 & 2 Review Quiz 

2

4,5

Topic: Commerical Healthcare Insurance Plans

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 1 (Chapters 1 and 2)
  • Submit Chapter 3 Review Quiz

3

6,7

Topic: Government-sponsored Healthcare Programs

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Chapter 4 Review Quiz

4

8

Topic: Managed Care Plans

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 2 (Chapters 3 and 4)
  • Submit Chapter 5 Review Quiz

5

1,7

Topic: Medicare-Medicaid Prospective Payment Systems for Inpatients

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 6
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Chapter 6 Review Quiz

6

1,7

Topics: Ambulatory and Other Medicare-Medicad Reimbursement Systems

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 7
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 3 (Chapters 5 and 6)
  • Submit Chapter 7 Review Quiz

7

9,10

Topics: Revenue Cycle Management and Quality Issues

  • Reading:
    • Chapters 8 & 9
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Competency Assignment - Chargemaster Management (Student online workbook)
  • Complete Quiz 4 (Chapters 7, 8 and 9) 
  • Prepare for the Week 8 Final Exam

8

1-10

Topics: Value-Based Purchasing and Final Exam

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 10
  • Submit Chapter 10 Review Quiz
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete Course Evaluation

Final Exam
Chapters 1-10
SLOs 1-10

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