Health Information Management (HIM) at New River 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 103 - Health Information Technology II
Introduces principles of data quality and validation types and uses of health databases.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 1 hour. Total 4 hours per week.
2 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 131 - Health Information Procedures
Introduces the health care deliver system and (1) the purpose, content, legal and accreditation requirements of health records; (2) the use of health data nomenclatures and classification systems; (3) the organization of registries and indexes. Includes data retrieval, storage and processing systems, quality assurance methodologies, statistical reporting and supervision practices in a health record department. Provides practice in manual and computerized data collection and display techniques.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 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 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 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 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
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 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