Health Information Management (HIM) at Virginia Highlands Community College


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HIM 101 - Health Information Technology I
Introduces values, uses and content of the medical record. Defines numbering, filling and retention policies and practices.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
HIM 111 - Medical Terminology I
Introduces the student to the language used in the health record. Includes a system-by-system review of anatomical disease, and operative terms, abbreviations, radiography procedures, laboratory tests, and pharmacology terms. Part I of II.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HIM 112 - Medical Terminology II
Continues with focus on the language used in the health record. Includes a system-by-system review of anatomic disease, and operative terms, abbreviations, radiography procedures, laboratory tests, and pharmacology terms. Part II of II.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HIM 113 - Medical Terminology and Disease Processes I
Includes the study of prefixes, suffixes, stem words, and technical terms; puts emphasis on the causes and treatment of selected disease processes. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 114 - Medical Terminology and Diseases Processes II
Continues the study of prefixes, suffixes, stem words, and technical term; puts emphasis on the causes and treatment of selected disease processes. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 121 - Medical Transcription I
Develops skills in the transcription of various medical reports, use of transcription references and proof reading reports. Evaluates the productivity and organization of transcription departments/services and the quality of transcribed reports and equipment utilized. Prerequisite: Typing 40 words per minute. Part I of II.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 7 hours per week.
4 credits
HIM 122 - Medical Transcription II
Continues developing skills in the transcription of various medical record reports, use of transcription references and proofreading reports. Evaluates the productivity and organization of transcription departments/services and the quality of transcribed reports and equipment utilized. Prerequisites: Typing 40 words per minute. Part II of II.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 7 hours per week.
4 credits
HIM 130 - Healthcare Information Systems
Teaches basic concepts of microcomputer software (to include operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications. Focuses on microcomputer applications and information systems in the Healthcare environment. Provides a working introduction to electronic health information systems for allied health, teaching students how the adoption of electronic health records affects them as future healthcare professionals.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 150 - Health Records Management
Presents documentation format and content of the medical record relevant to the coding function. Introduces application of standard techniques for filing, maintenance, and acquisition of health information. Examines the processes of collecting, computing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data related to health care services. Includes legal and regulatory guidelines for the control and use of health information data.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 151 - Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practice Management
Introduces major reimbursement systems in the United States. Focuses on prospective payment systems, managed care, and documentation necessary for appropriate reimbursement. Emphasizes management of practice to avoid fraud.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
HIM 163 - Anatomy and Physiology for Administrative Health Professionals
Introduces the structure and function of the systems of the human body as applied by administrative health professionals. Prerequisite: Medical Terminology or HLT 143 or HIM 111.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students. May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
HIM 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
HIM 200 - Survey of Healthcare Administration
Provides an overview of healthcare. Prepares the student with the essential vocabulary and thought processes to understand and evaluate the legal, political and ethical challenges facing healthcare in the US needed for a supervisory role in healthcare administration. Introduces healthcare policy, how healthcare is organized and dispensed, and how the practitioner can be better work in the system.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 226 - Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation
Presents the legal requirements associated with health record documentation. Emphasizes the policies and procedures concerning the protection of the confidentiality of patient's health records.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
HIM 233 - Electronic Health Records Management
Studies new trends in management and processing of health information with emphasis on the electronic health record (EHR). Covers the definition, benefits, standards, functionality, confidentiality and security, and impact of the EHR in the healthcare environment. Explores implementation of the EHR including infrastructure required, project management techniques, information technology systems, workflow processes and redesign in various health care settings. Discusses legal issues created by implementation of the EHR. Prerequisites: HIM 130 and HIM 230.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 253 - Health Records Coding
Examines the development of coding classification systems. Introduces ICD-9-CM coding classification system, its format and conventions. Stresses basic coding steps and guidelines according to body systems. Provides actual coding exercises in relation to each system covered.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-5 credits
HIM 254 - Advanced Coding and Reimbursement
Stresses advanced coding skills through practical exercises using actual medical records. Introduces CPT-4 coding system and guidelines for out-patient/ambulatory surgery coding. Introduces prospective payment system and its integration with ICD-CM-9 coding.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
HIM 265 - Facility Based Medical Coding

3 credits
HIM 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students. May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits