Health Information Management (HIM) at Germanna Community College

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HIM 110 - Introduction to Human Pathology
Introduces the basic concepts, terminology, etiology, and characteristics of pathological processes.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 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 141 - Fundamentals of Health Information Systems I
Focuses on health data collection, storage, retrieval and reporting systems, with emphasis on the role of the computer in accomplishing these functions. Part I of II.
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 230 - Information Systems and Technology in Health Care
Explores computer technology and system application in health care. Introduces the information systems life cycle.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 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
Focuses on the applications and evaluation of advanced coding skills through practical exercises using actual healthcare data; while examining the components of DRGs, APCs and APGs and other prospective payment in the healthcare environment. Utilizes current coding standards in identifying payment methodologies, revenue cycle management and reimbursement.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
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HIM 255 - Health Data Classification Systems II: CPT
Focuses on procedure classification using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). This system is currently utilized for collecting health data for the purposes of statistical research and financial reporting.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Total 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
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HIM 257 - Health Data Classifications Systems III
Integrates and applies knowledge with hands-on skill practice in coding. Reinforces medical terminology, anatomy, and coding guidelines for International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). Introduces the student to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding guidelines. Promotes critical thinking related to coding quality, fraud, and abuse.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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