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HIM 498: Health Information Management Practicum

Course Description

This course will focus on giving the student professional practice experience in both a real healthcare setting and a virtual setting, using simulations and virtual lab software. The student will gain supervised practical experience with a minimum of 40 hours on-site at a healthcare facility. The student will complete a project for their practicum site and may be allowed and required to work on the project off-site. The practicum allows the student to gain experience as a health information professional in an actual healthcare work setting, and is essential to training and certification. This course should be taken in the last semester of the student's HIM program. Completion of all HIM courses. This course should be taken in the last semester of the student's HIM program. (3 credits)

This course meets certain CAHIIM competencies for HIM Majors.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

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

  1. Demonstrate ability to problem-solve and complete tasks that are common for a health information administrator.
  2. Plan and administer a project within a health information department or related setting
  3. Observe or shadow health information management professionals in a healthcare setting or other setting related to health care informatics or the use of patient information.
  4. Complete health information department tasks successfully in a healthcare setting or other setting related to healthcare informatics or the use of patient information.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

On-Site Practicum Assessment

30%

Practicum Timesheet Journal

10%

Virtual Practicum Assignments

40%

Discussions

20%

RHIA Exam Simulation Pre-Assessment - This is ungraded but must be completed in order to pass the course.

0%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)

  • Oachs, P. and A. Watters. (2016). Health Information Management Concepts, Principles and Practice. 5th ed. AHIMA Press. Chicago, IL. ISBN-13: 9781584264897
    Notes: This textbook is used in several HIM courses and should be saved for preparation for the RHIA exam.
  • AHIMA Virtual Lab Access Code.
    Note: This is an annual access code subscription good from September 1 - August 30 of each year. Students who already have an active account do not need to re-purchase.
  • Shaw, P. and Carter, D. (2016). RHIA Exam Preparation - with Access Code. 6th ed. Chicago: AHIMA Press. ISBN-13: 9781584264910
    Note: This textbook is also used in HIM 499.

Additional Resources

All textbooks from core HIM courses should be used for review.

Course Schedule

(Note: Course week runs Monday 12:00 am EST - Sunday 11:59 pm EST)

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1-4

Topic: Preparation for Practicum

  • Reading:
    • Review Practicum Manual
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Collect Resources
  • Log in to the AHIMA Virtual Lab
  • Finalize plans

2

1,4

Topic: Health Data Management

  • Reading:
    • HIM Concepts - Chapters 3-6
    • Articles provided in the course
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Competency Assignment - Virtual Labs (Patient Registration & Merging Duplicates) (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)

3

1,4

Topic: Health Data Management - Coding

  • Reading:
    • HIM Concepts - Chapter 5, 8 & 9
    • Clinical Coder Job Description
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Submit Competency Assignment - Coding Practice (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Submit Competency Assignment - Coding Audit Management (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)

4

1-4

Topic: On-Site Practicum

  • Reading:
    • None
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Assigment - Schedule, PPE, Timesheet and Journal (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Submit Assignment - Evaluations (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)

5

1,2,4

Topics: Practicum Project Completion; Organization and Management

  • Reading:
    • HIM Concepts - Chapters 22-26
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Competency Assignment- Management Case Studies (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Submit HIM Department Tour Video (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)

6

1,4

Topics: Privacy, Security and Confidentiality; Information Technology and Systems

  • Reading:
    • HIM Concepts - Chapters 11-15
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Competency Assignment- ROI Case Studies / Disclosure Tracking (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Submit Competency Assignment - EHR Scavenger Hunt (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)

7

1,4

Topics: Legal and Regulatory Standards

  • Reading:
    • HIM Concepts - Chapters 2, 9 & 10
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Competency Assignment- Joint Commission Preparation (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Prepare for the RHIA Pre-Assessment Practice Exam

8

1,4

Topic: RHIA Pre-Assessment Practice Exam

  • Reading:
    • None
  • Complete Exam (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Complete Course Evaluation

RHIA Pre-Assessment Practice Exam (not graded)
Although the exam is ungraded, it must be completed in order to pass the course.

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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