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HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Health information Management professionals work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, ambulatory care, physician offices, rehabilitation centers and health insurance companies and focus on the quality of patient care, the revenue cycle, patient privacy, compliance, information technology and data quality.

Successful completion of the Associate of Science degree in Health Information Management prepares students for an entry level position in health information management or a student can choose the transfer track which would allow him or her to transfer to the accredited four year Bachelor of Science degree program at Charter Oak State College (See "Transfer Degree" for list of courses). The courses are sequenced to build upon one another, and culminate in a practicum which allows the student hands on experience in the health information field.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply principles as they relate to healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal and ethical issues.
  2. Interpret and apply health information policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and accreditation agency requirements.
  3. Employ computer-based health information systems while managing existing paper-based health information systems utilizing EMR software.
  4. Compare and contrast reimbursement methodologies and procedure based payment systems such as Resource based Relative Value (RBRV) and Evaluation and Management and Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC).
  5. Evaluate and audit patient records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure.
  6. Apply coding knowledge utilizing coding guidelines from ICD-10, CPT-4 and HCPCS.
  7. Interpret diagnostic based perspective payment groups such as DRG; recognize the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED).
  8. Utilize medical coding software and clinical classification systems as they relate to the human body and disease processes.
  9. Identify and discuss healthcare delivery fundamentals and the technology used to gather healthcare information in a variety of settings.
  10. Utilize appropriate terminology including abbreviations related to pathological conditions, diagnostic procedures, surgical interventions, and therapeutic procedures.

Courses

First Semester (16 credits)Credits
CSA* 105Introduction to Software Applications3
ENG* 101Composition3
BOT* 180Medical Terminology3
HIM* 102Introduction to Healthcare Systems3
BIO* 115Human Biology with Lab4
Second Semester (16 credits)Credits
BIO* 201Introduction to Pathophysiology4
HIM* 205Medical Coding 3
HIM* 155Fundamentals of Clinical Informatics & Electronic Medical Records 3
MAT* 167Principles of Statistics 3
PSY* 111General Psychology 3
Third Semester (15 credits)Credits
HIM* 201 Health Information Management Principles 3
MED* 112Medical Insurance and Billing 3
COM* 173Public Speaking 3
ENG* 102Literature and Composition 3
MED* 170Law and Ethics for Health Professionals 3
Fourth Semester (16 credits)Credits
MED* 250Principles of Pharmacology 3
HIM* 212Advanced Medical Coding 4
HIM* 254HIM Practicum 3
CSA* 140Database Applications 3
___ ___ Arts/Humanities Elective 3
OR MAT 137Intermediate Algebra 3
Total Credits: 63

Transfer Degree Program in Health Information Management to Charter Oak State College

First Semester (16 credits) CreditsCredits
CSA* 105 Introduction to Software Applications 3
ENG* 101 Composition 3
BOT* 180Medical Terminology 3
HIM* 102Introduction to Healthcare Systems 3
BIO* 115Human Biology with Lab 4
Second Semester (16 credits) CreditsCredits
BIO* 105Introduction to Biology 4
HIM* 205Medical Coding 3
HIM* 155Fundamentals of Clinical Informatics 3
MAT* 167Principles of Statistics 3
PSY* 111General Psychology 3
Third Semester (15 credits) CreditsCredits
HIM* 201Health Information Management Principles 3
MED* 112Medical Insurance and Billing 3
ENG* 102Literature and Composition 3
MED* 170Law and Ethics for Health Professionals 3
___ ___History Elective 3
Fourth Semester (16 credits) CreditsCredits
MED* 250Principles of Pharmacology 3
HIM* 212Advanced Medical Coding 4
___ ___Social Science Elective 3
___ ___Arts/Literature Elective 3
COM* 173Public Speaking 3
Total Credits: 63

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