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Health Information Management

(formerly Health Information Technology - HIT)

HIM 110 Introduction to Human Pathology (3 cr.)
Introduces the basic concepts, terminology, etiology, and characteristics of pathological processes. Co-requisite: NUR 136. Prerequisites: HLT 143 and NAS 150. Lecture 3 hours per week.
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HIM 143 Managing Electronic Billing in a Medical Practice (2 cr.)
Presents practical knowledge on use of computer technology in medical practice management. Develops basic skills in preparation of universal billing claims. Explores insurance claim processing issues. Co-requisite: HIM 151. Lecture 2 hours per week.
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HIM 150 Health Records Management (3 cr.)
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.
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HIM 151 Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practice Management (2 cr.)
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. Co-requisite: HIM 143. Lecture 2 hours per week.
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HIM 226 Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation (2 cr.)
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.
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HIM 253 Health Records Coding (4 cr.)
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. Prerequisites: NAS 150, HLT 143.  Prerequisites or co-requisites: HIM 110, NUR 136. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
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HIM 254 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement (AMA-CPT) (4 cr.)
Stresses advanced coding skills through practical exercises using actual medical records. Introduces CPT-4 coding system and guidelines for out-patient/ambulatory surgery coding. Introduces prospective payment system and its integration with ICD-9-CM coding. Prerequisite: HIM 253. Lecture 4 hours per week.
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HIM 295 Topics in Advanced Health Records Coding (2 cr.)
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas in Advanced Health Records Coding and prepares prospective graduates for the national certification exam.  Prerequisite: HIM 253.  Prerequisite or co-requisite: HIM 254. Lecture 2 hours per week.
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