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Health Information Management

HIM 115 - Principles of Health Inform Mgt (3 credits)

This course will focus on investigating the importance of the medical record in the health care system. Students will discover the profession of Health Information Management and the many different roles and credentials that are possible in this career path. Professional membership associations and codes of ethics will be explored. Topics will include: purpose, format, content, and accuracy of health records; ownership of health information; access, retention and destruction; privacy and confidentiality; indexes and registries, and legal requirements including HIPAA. Students will learn how medical coding is dependent on the quality of patient health information. An exploration of paper records vs. electronic health records will be included. (Formerly titled: Medical Records Science. Formerly numbered: HCA 115). Prerequisite(s): ENG 101.

HIM 200 - Health Information Systems (3 credits)

This course will focus on the use of electronic information systems in healthcare. It integrates medical administrative and clinical record management and computer technology for performing common medical practice functions. The course covers computer hardware and software components, network and World Wide Web technologies, decision support systems, health information standards, information system acquisition or in-house development, implementation, evaluation, user training, and maintenance. Students get hands-on experience of electronic health record creation, updating, maintenance, and utilization to gain proficiency in the use of Electronic Health Record (EHR).

HIM 205 - Reimbursement Methodologies (3 credits)

This course covers the types of healthcare insurance and 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 describe the health insurance claims process, explain the steps for completing a claim form, and comply with reimbursement and reporting requirements.Prerequisite(s): ENG 101.

HIM 210 - Clinical Classification Systems 1 (3 credits)

This course will focus on the basic theory, practices and guidelines of the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding system and compare it to various existing and past coding systems such as CPT-4 and ICD-9-CM. Students will code diagnoses and procedures from simplistic to complex, including real or simulated patient records. Students will be introduced to encoders and the coding compliance process. (Formerly: HRM 310, Medical Billing & Coding. Also Formerly titled: Medical Coding & Billing I .) Prerequisite(s): BIO 212, BIO 215, and HCA 105.

HIM 211 - Clinical Classification Systems 2 (3 credits)

This course will focus on the basic theory, practices, and guidelines of the Current Procedural Terminology coding system, and an overview of HCPCS. Students will code procedures from simplistic to complex, including real or simulated patient records. Students will evaluate coding software and perform a coding audit. (Formerly titled: Medical Billing & Coding II: CPT) Prerequisite(s): HCA 105, BIO 212 & BIO 215.

HIM 300 - Medical Vocabularies & Classif Syst (3 credits)

The course will focus on common coding, terminologies and vocabularies used in the healthcare delivery and management. This include International Classification of Diseases (ICD) coding, Healthcare Common Procedures Coding System (HCPCS), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding, National Drug Codes (NDC), Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED), Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC), Drug Terminology Systems, and Data Interchange Standards (DIS). Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, and HCA 105.

HIM 305 - Health Info Services Mgt and Ldrshp (3 credits)

This course will focus on an overview of concepts and issues related to healthcare supervision, management and leadership. Through the examination of management and leadership topics, the student will explore the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a diverse healthcare environment in a variety of situations. Topics include the role of the supervisor or manager, the functions of management, delegation, time management, the hiring process, motivating, developing and mentoring staff, performance appraisal, communication, managing change, budgeting and teamwork. Students will also learn various employment laws and regulations. (Formerly Titled: Healthcare Organizations Management) Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

HIM 315 - Healthcare Statistics (3 credits)

This course will focus on introducing statistical principles, methods, and formulas to the health information management (HIM) students that are essential to the professional. Students will become familiar with the definitions of various healthcare statistics; the use of data for financial, clinical, and quality management activities; recognize the importance of accuracy and validity of data and outcomes; use computerized and manual methods of computing and presenting statistical data; and examine regulatory, accreditation, and vital statistics reporting. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, and MAT 105.

HIM 320 - Electronic Hlth Records/Info Exch (3 credits)

This course will focus on the basics of electronic health records and health information exchanges. Students will learn the purpose, design, and function of these systems along with the legal and regulatory guidelines. Emphasis will be placed on the organizational demands and healthcare user needs. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

HIM 405 - Healthcare Info Law, Prvcy, & Scrty (3 credits)

This course will focus on the basic terminology and processes of the U.S. legal system and then move into topics specific to the management of health information. Topics covered include privacy, security, confidentiality, contracts, meaningful use, HIPAA, HITECH, medical identity theft, E-Discovery, and professional liability issues. Students will learn the standards for releasing patient information and the design and implementation of information privacy and security policies and procedures that maintain not only the patient's privacy but also adhere to a healthcare organization's legal and ethical requirements. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

HIM 420 - Health Research and Quality (3 credits)

This course will focus on exploring the topics of healthcare research and quality management specifically related to health information and teamwork with other healthcare professionals. The theory, practice, and management of performance and quality improvement processes in healthcare organizations will be addressed. Students will practice using quality management tools, analyzing data, and experiencing communication best practices related to performance improvement projects. All topics will be explored as they relate to accreditation, licensure and other quality standards. Healthcare research techniques will be discussed and practiced as they relate to health information, quality, and the advancement of the health information management profession. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, HIM 115, and HIM 315.

HIM 435 - Healthcare Data Analytics/Info Gov (3 credits)

This course will focus on introducing students to the purpose and value of healthcare data analytics. Students will study data analytical processes that enable decision making. Topics include database management and querying, data visualization, data capture tools, data mining, data warehouses, and decision support. Students will analyze clinical information and data to identify trends of quality, safety, and effectiveness of healthcare. Students will also focus on information governance strategies in the health care field and information planning throughout a healthcare organization. This will include data formatting, health information as an asset, and the value of information to drive organizational performance. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, HIM 115, HIM 200, and HIM 315.

HIM 498 - Health Information Mgmt Practicum (3 credits)

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. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101 and ENG 102.

HIM 499 - Health Information Mgmt Capstone (3 credits)

This is the required capstone course in the Charter Oak State College Health Care Administration concentration and should be taken in the student's last semester. This should be taken as the last course in HIM major program. This course is designed to allow students to share their professional practice experience with classmates in structured discussions and to prepare their practicum project for formal presentation. Students will evaluate and synthesize course information in relation to their practice experience. Case studies will be used to review core HIM competencies and to stimulate new ideas and reasoned conclusions. In addition, students will prepare for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam by reviewing all core competencies and completing weekly exam simulation questions. This course must be taken at Charter Oak State College. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.


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