Health Information Management (HIM) at Mountain Empire 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 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 149 - Introduction to Medical Practice Management
Introduces principles of administrative practice management. Examines patient scheduling, records management, financial systems and other systems/procedures. Focuses on the development of organizations and decision making skills utilized by the practice manager.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 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 220 - Health Statistics
Introduces the student to basic statistical principles and calculations as applied in the health care environment, procedures for collection and reporting vital statistics, and basic quality control basics.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 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 229 - Performance Improvement in Health Care Settings
Focuses on concepts of facility wide performance improvement, resource management and risk management. Applies tools for data collection and analysis.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 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 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 249 - Supervision and Management Practices
Introduces supervision and management principles with emphasis on the application of these principles in the health information setting.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 251 - Clinical Practice I
Prepares the Health Information Technology Student to perform all functions commonly allocated to health record services. Gives practice in various settings under the supervision of a clinical practice supervisor. Part I of II.
Laboratory 6 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 252 - Clinical Practice II
Prepares the Health Information Technology student to perform all functions commonly allocated to health record services. gives practice in various settings under the supervision of a clinical practice supervisor.
Clinical practice 6 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
HIM 254 Detailed Outline
HIM 260 - Pharmacology for Health Information Technology
Emphasizes general pharmacology for Health Information professionals; covers general principles of drug actions/reactions, major drug classes, specific agents within each class, and routine mathematical calculation needed to determine desired dosages.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HIM 265 - Facility Based Medical Coding
Students will learn to accurately assign CPT, ICD-9 Level 1, 2 and 3, in addition to HCPCS codes for inpatient, outpatient facility, and ambulatory surgical centers according to guidelines and rules set forth by the cooperating parties. Students will apply the theory and regulations concerning prospective payment systems (in and out of the facility setting) APC and DRG assignment.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 265 Detailed Outline
HIM 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college. Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 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