Health Information Management (HIM)

HIM S101 Introduction to Health Information Management I

3 credits (2+2)
An overview of health care systems and the health information management profession. Introduces classification systems, health record content and documentation, data governance and management, and secondary data sources. Presents information protection, access disclosure, archival, privacy and security. Introduces informatics, analytics and data use, including health information technologies, information management strategic planning, decision support, health care statistics, research methods, consumer informatics, health information exchange and information integrity and data quality.
Prerequisite: Admission to any HIM program.

HIM S102 Introduction to Health Information Management II

3 credits (2+2)
An overview of health care systems and the health information management profession. Introduces revenue management and reimbursement. Explores compliance in relation to regulatory, coding, fraud surveillance, and clinical documentation improvement. Introduces leadership roles, change management, work design and process improvement, human resource management, training and development, strategic and organizational management, financial management, ethics, project management, vendor management and enterprise information management.
Prerequisite: Admission to any HIM program.

HIM S111 Introduction to Health Information Management

3 credits (2+2)
An overview of health care systems and the health information management profession. Introduces data collection standards and data quality methods, forms design, patient record automation and control procedures, and health care statistics. Presents the uses of record content in reimbursement, risk management, and planning. Professional Practice Experience: Students use a virtual electronic health record environment to gain hands-on experience in the use of health information technology.
Prerequisite: HIM S135 or concurrent enrollment.

HIM S116 Quantitative Methods in HIM

3 credits (3+0)
Focused coverage of computational skills in health information management related to administrative and financial functions, including arithmetic review, percentages, interest, ratio, proportion, unit factors, graphs, descriptive and inferential statistics that are unique to HIM. This course is applicable only to the Health Information Management AAS degree.
Prerequisite: Placement into MATH S055 or higher.

HIM S135 Medical Terminology

3 credits (3+0)
Cross-listed as HS S135.An introduction to root forms, prefixes and suffixes, and medical abbreviations. Focus is on terminology of body systems related to symptomatology, diseases and treatment.
Prerequisite: ENGL S110 or higher placement test.

HIM S155 Coding I: Outpatient

3 credits (3+2)
Introduction to outpatient coding diagnoses and procedures, sequencing, coding conventions, and software. Overview of fraud and abuse regulations as they pertain to coding and billing. Focus on HCPCS/CPT, ICD, ambulatory care coding including coding guidelines and sequencing.
Prerequisite: BIOL S111 and HIM S135 and admission to any HIM program, or departmental permission.

HIM S160 Alternative Delivery Systems

3 credits (3+0)
Discussion of applications of alternative health care systems. Guest speakers will introduce students to emerging roles of health information professionals, and to challenges facing alternative care delivery systems. Students will complete a clinical lab at an alternative care facility.
Prerequisite: Admission to HIM degree program.

HIM S181 Introduction to Healthcare Systems

3 credits (2+2)
Introduces the use of electronic records and resources in today's health care environment. Presents an overview of automated health information management functions and emerging technologies. Examines the use of electronic health records and the impact of privacy and security concerns.

HIM S190 CPT Coding

3 credits (3+0)
Focus on HCPCS/CPT ambulatory care coding. Overview of fraud and abuse regulations as they pertain to coding and billing. Professional practice experience: observe coding and billing at an ambulatory care setting (minimum 6 hours). Corequisite: BIOL S112 and HIM S135.
Prerequisite: BIOL S111 and admission to HIM program or departmental permission.

HIM S210 ICD-9-CM Coding

3 credits (3+0)
Introduction to International Classification of Diseases (U.S.). Introduction to coding diagnoses and procedures, sequencing, coding conventions, and software. Review of complications and co-morbidities. Professional practice: Students complete activities that provide an overview of Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs), interface between business office and health information management to optimize reimbursement, coding quality studies, and working with physicians for DRG management. Practice in analyzing actual medical records to identify data elements to be coded. Corequisite: BIOL S112 and HIM S135.
Prerequisite: BIOL S111 and admission to HIM program or departmental permission.

HIM S211 ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding

3 credits (2+2)
An introduction to International Classification of Diseases (U.S.). Introduces coding of diagnoses and procedures, sequencing, coding conventions, and software. Professional Practice Experience: Students complete activities that provide an overview of Diagnostic Related Groups (DRG). Topics include the interface between business office and health information management to optimize reimbursement, coding quality studies, and working with physicians for DRG management. Provides practice in analyzing actual medical records to identify data elements to be coded.
Prerequisite: HIM S272 and admission to HIM program, or departmental permission.

HIM S215 Billing and Reimbursement

2 credits (2+0)
Focus is on issues of billing and reimbursement for health care facilities. Includes an overview of the role of the health insurance specialist; third party payers such as Medicare, workers compensation and disability, Tricare and commercial insurance claims. Legal and regulatory considerations and ambulatory ICD-9 are covered. Students will complete a project focused on coding and reimbursement issues.
Prerequisite: HIM S190 and admission to HIM program or departmental permission.

HIM S240 Legal Aspects of Health Information

3 credits (2+2)
Review of legal implications of health records and related legal issues including the patient record as a legal document. Examination of emerging laws and legal trends impacting the management of health care information. Introduction to risk management and the role of the HIM professional as compliance and privacy officer. Students attend a court hearing and complete a project on the impact of recent regulatory laws on healthcare settings.
Prerequisite: HIM S111 and admission to HIM degree program.

HIM S251 Quality Improvement and Project Management

3 credits (2+2)
Introduction to total quality management and improvement including history, philosophy, definitions, and tools. Explores performance improvement through review of case studies, with an overview of the historical development of case management. Introduces project management as related to HIM and implementation of electronic health information.
Prerequisite: HIM S111 and admission to HIM program.

HIM S255 Coding II: Inpatient

3 credits (3+2)
Introduction to inpatient coding diagnoses and procedures, sequencing, coding conventions, and software. Overview of fraud and abuse regulations as they pertain to coding and billing. Introduction to reimbursement methodologies related to inpatient coding. Focus is on HCPCS/CPT, ICD, inpatient coding including coding guidelines and conventions.
Prerequisite: BIOL S112 and HIM S135.

HIM S258 Coding III: Advanced Coding

3 credits (3+2)
An in-depth focus on coding issues, including coding validation, data accuracy, coding guidelines and training; and reimbursement and clinical documentation improvement. Impact of coding on financial stability of an organization.
Prerequisite: HIM S155 and HIM S255 or departmental permission.

HIM S260 Data Quality and Reimbursement

2 credits (2+0)
A continuation of HIM S210 with in-depth focus on coding issues, including coding validation, data accuracy, coding guidelines and training; and reimbursement issues including Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs), Ambulatory Patient Classifications (APCs) and Resource Based Relative Value scales (RBRVs). Impact of coding and DRG accuracy on financial stability of facility. Overview of specialist credentials: CCS and CCS-P.
Prerequisite: HIM S210 and admission to HIM program or departmental permission.

HIM S261 Revenue and Financial Management for Healthcare

3 credits (2+2)
An introduction to critical components of managing accounts for healthcare organizations in the areas of claims processing, account resolution, budgets, finance, and compliance. Focus is on issues of billing and reimbursement for health care facilities and overview of third party payers.
Prerequisite:HIM S101 and HIM S102.

HIM S272 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

4 credits (3+2)
Introduces basic concepts underlying various pathological processes. Students draw on their knowledge of normal anatomy and physiology to understand how pathogenesis of disease occurs. Discussion of diseases, diagnostic process testing, and treatment options. Introduces drug terminology, administration, toxicity, vocabulary, standards and references. This course may not meet requirements for nursing programs. Corequisite: HIM S135/HS S135 or permission.
Prerequisite: BIOL S111 and S112.

HIM S280 Health Care Management

3 credits (3+0)
Concepts of management including management functions. A case study approach is employed to discuss responses to a variety of management functions through the use of guest speakers. Evaluation will be based on class participation, oral presentations, and completion of case studies.Corequisite: HIM S291.
Prerequisite: Completion of all lower level HIM courses.

HIM S281 RHIT Certification Exam Preparation

1 credit (1+0)
Provides a review of AHIMA skills needed to prepare for the Registered Health information Technician (RHIT) credential examination.

HIM S285 Healthcare Privacy and Security

3 credits (2+2)
An in-depth review of federal and state regulations and laws pertaining to the privacy and security of Protected Health Information (PHI)in all formats (paper/electronic). Students will practice skills through a virtual electronic health record system.
Prerequisite: HIM S240.

HIM S289 Healthcare Information Technology

3 credits (2+2)
An overview of the clinical, research, and administrative applications of computers in the health care industry. Emphasizes the role of this technology and the data collected in accomplishing the objectives and procedures of the principle functional areas, and the interrelationships of the organizational units with respect to data acquisition, storage, analysis, retrieval, and use.