Health Information Management Degree Curriculum

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
Program Courses

HIM111

HEALTH SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES

3

HIM113

HEALTH CARE COMPLIANCE

3

HIM114

INTRODUCTION TO ICD CODING

3

HIM116

INTRODUCTION TO CPT AND SNOMED CODING PRINCIPLES

3

HIM199

INTERNSHIP 1

1

HIM202

HEALTH INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS

3

HIM205

HEALTH CARE DATA APPLICATIONS

3

HIM210

REIMBURSEMENT

3

HIM299

INTERNSHIP 2

1

Directed Courses

MED101

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

3

MGT105

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

3

PHM101

PHARMACOLOGY

3

General Education

FYS101

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR

1

CIS174

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

3

ENG103

ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

ENG104

ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

MTH115

ELEMENTARY STATISTICS

3

SCI121

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I

3

SCI121L

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I LAB

1

SCI122

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II

3

SCI122L

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II LAB

1

SCI124

HUMANS AND DISEASE

3

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SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE

3

Minimum total credits required 62

ACADEMIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Phyllis Hilt, M.B.A., R.H.I.A
Email: philt@LincolnCollegeNE.edu
Campus Extension: 40982

 

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION:
The health information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in collaboration with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
This program is available both on campus and online. Due to the nature of learning in an online environment, the suggested course sequence may differ from what is listed in this catalog. The list of required courses however is consistent with what is stated above. This program is designed to prepare students to become knowledgeable and skilled in computerized health information systems and the related procedures. Students learn to design and implement a computerized patient record (CPR) system. Information systems security and data confidentiality as required in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory and other health care facilities are emphasized.

PROGRAM MISSION
The mission of the Health Information Management program is to empower students with skills and competencies in technology, medical science, and in health data management to ensure accurate and complete management of protected health information.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Apply standards and practices for integrity and accuracy of health data extraction, management, and governance.
  • Recognize legal access, disclosure, protection, and security of protected health information.
  • Demonstrate management, implementation, use, and maintenance of health data systems; including decision support systems, and enterprise software as well as health data management systems.
  • Interpret quality outcomes of health issues using statistical research methodologies, consumer health access methods and availability of the health data exchange.
  • Evaluate appropriate revenue cycle and reimbursement methodologies used in a variety of healthcare applications.
  • Analyze policies and procedures for compliance with government; federal, state and local regulatory agencies regarding medical coding, insurance regulations, and fraud and abuse.
  • Summarize leadership roles and demonstrate ethical concepts and techniques in management decision making, strategic planning and human resource management.

PROGRAM COURSES:

 

HIM111 Health Systems and Procedures 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to health information science, the health care delivery system, and the health information profession. Health record content, health record formats, analysis, retention, retrieval and accreditation standards are also addressed. Professional ethics are reviewed. Different levels of the healthcare delivery system are also examined. Paper-based health records as well as the electronic health record are reviewed and analyzed.

 

HIM113 Health Care Compliance 3 credits

This course covers such topics as the legal system, torts, contracts, administrative law, responsibilities of healthcare providers, rights of the patient as a consumer, and patients’ rights regarding informed consent and confidentiality.

 

HIM114 Introduction to ICD Coding 3 credits

This course introduces both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS coding concepts. ICD-9-CM and ICD-10CM coding principles are employed in both inpatient and outpatient health records. ICD-10-PCS codes are employed for surgical procedures in inpatient health records. Computerized encoding software is introduced. Federal government guidelines that pertain to coding Medicare health records are reviewed. Coding guidelines are discussed in detail and applied to all body systems.
Prerequisite: MED101; SCI121 and SCI121L

 

HIM116 Introduction to CPT and SNOMED Coding Principles 3 credits

This course introduces the student to two nomenclature systems: Current Procedural Terminology, 4th Edition (CPT-4) and Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms (SNOMED-CT). CPT-4 nomenclature is utilized for billing in an ambulatory care setting and physician office setting. SNOMED-CT, developed by the College of American Pathologists, is a collection of medically-related terms that cover diseases and specific procedures.

 

HIM199 Internship 1               1 credit

This course provides students with an introduction to the HIM professional environment with online training through a virtual lab of experiences with industry healthcare software.  Students at this time are also required to attend directed HIM related events sponsored by the local HIM professional chapters in their state, Health and Human Services sponsored seminars or any events that provide continuing education to the professional certification holder. Students are encouraged to affiliate and network with professionals in the HIM field at a local as well as national level. During this experience students are encouraged to investigate employment opportunities in the HIM field.
Prerequisite: HIM111

 

HIM202 Health Information Professional Applications 3 credits

The application of health information systems and procedures to alternative health care settings is discussed. Supervisory aspects of the health information department, including policy and procedure development, planning, in-service presentations, and data quality are covered. Information systems and technology is addressed, including fundamentals of information systems, information security and applications of emerging information and information technology. Current trends are also discussed.
Prerequisites: HIM205; MGT105

 

HIM204 Advanced Health Information Coding   3 credits

This course provides an in-depth study of nomenclature and classification systems, especially ICD and HCPC. The effects of the Prospective Payment System on quality coding are analyzed. 
Prerequisite: HIM114; HIM116

 

HIM205 Health Care Data Applications  3 credits

This course places emphasis on the collection and uses of health care data. Topics include indexing, registries, health care statistics, health data systems, credentialing, quality assurance, utilization review, and risk manage­ment. 
Prerequisite: MTH115

 

HIM210 Reimbursement 3 credit

This course provides students with the knowledge needed to identify and perform necessary tasks involved in healthcare reimbursement systems. Topics include billing and reimbursement principles of various healthcare plans, prospective payment systems, the importance of clinical coding, compliance with regulations, and related issues of fraud and abuse. Budgets, budget variances, revenue cycles and accounting methodologies are stressed.
Prerequisite: HIM114; HIM116

HIM299 Internship 2 1 credit

This course involves supervised Professional Practical Experience (PPE) in a health care facility, agency, or non-traditional site to expose students to the environment and activities of HIM professionals. Coordination with a site supervisor will provide the student with different types of HIM experiences that may be site specific.
Prerequisite: HIM199

 

 

DIRECTED COURSES:

 

MED101 Medical Terminology  3 credits

This course describes the fundamental elements used to build medical terms. Emphasis will be placed on identifying selected prefixes, combining forms, and suffixes commonly used to analyze, build, spell, and pronounce medical words.

 

MGT105 Human Resource Management 3 credits

The fundamentals of personnel policies and administration are introduced. Among topics studied are recruiting, staff development, effective utilization of personnel, and the role of labor unions in industry.

 

PHM101 Pharmacology  3 credits

The focus of this course is the study of drugs and their actions on the body. Topics include: history of drug regulatory agencies and controlled substances, the sources and forms of drugs, routes, methods, and documentation of drug administration, drug terminology and abbreviations, parts of the prescription, and use of drug reference books. Discussion and practice in conversions between the metric, apothecary, and household systems are presented. Commonly prescribed drugs, listed by both brand and generic names, and examples of various drug classifications are covered in this course.
Prerequisite: SCI105 and SCI105L or SCI121 and SCI121L

 

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES:

 

FYS101 First-Year Seminar 1 credit

This seminar serves as an introduction to fundamental academic success strategies. The course also provides opportunities for self-awareness that support students through the transition to college. Campus services, career development, and cross-curricular competencies are also covered. This is a graded course and is a requirement for graduation.

 

ENG103 English Composition I 3 credits

This is a writing-intensive introductory course that emphasizes the writing process, including focus on audiences and purpose in writing, patterns of argument, introductory research, and the review of grammar and mechanics. Both career and academic documents will be assigned, with the goal of learning to write in a professional style, both in college and beyond. Students should expect to produce a total of twelve to fifteen pages of edited writing during the course.

 

ENG104 English Composition II   3 credits

Students will build on the skills learned in English 103 to move beyond the basic college essay to writing more complex essays using causal analysis, persuasion, and argument. This course will focus on reading complex texts, and using the research skills introduced in English 103 to develop, research, write and revise a full-length research paper. Class assignments and discussion will focus on introducing, reinforcing, and emphasizing critical thinking skills in a multi-cultural environment.

Prerequisite: ENG103

 

MTH115 Elementary Statistics 3 credits

This course introduces the elementary statistical procedures used by researchers in the behavioral, health, and social science professions and other related disciplines. The course emphasizes the use of tables, graphs and elementary descriptive statistical applications. The course also introduces the student to the sampling and surveying done in many everyday life experiences.

 

CIS174 Computer Applications 3 credits

This course provides a hands-on overview of computer applications utilizing particular software with emphasis on computer use for business purposes. Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software projects are included. Students develop a logical approach to problem-solving in relation to storing, retrieving, and analyzing information for reports and projects. Problems and issues related to computer-based information systems are discussed.

 

SCI121 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 credits

This course is part of a two-term sequence that provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization, homeostasis, cytology, histology, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous system. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships on cellular, histological and organ system level.

 

SCI121L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1 credits

This is the companion lab for SCI121 Anatomy and Physiology I.

 

SCI122 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 credits

This course is the second in a two-term anatomy and physiology sequence. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive study of anatomy and physiology, building upon concepts learned in Anatomy and Physiology I. There will be in-depth investigation of major organ systems of the body including the immune, respiratory and digestive systems. In addition emphasis will be placed on the regulatory mechanisms of the body as well as basic development biology and aging.
Prerequisite: SCI121 and SCI121L

 

SCI122L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1 credits

This is the companion lab for SCI122 Anatomy and Physiology II.
Prerequisite: SCI121L

 

SCI124 Humans and Disease 3 credits

The course is designed to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the concepts and processes in disease physiology.  The course will review normal human physiology and then examine the alterations which occur in response to disease as well as the systemic manifestations, etiologies and treatments of major diseases. 
Prerequisite: SCI105 and SCI105L or SCI122 and SCI122L

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