Health Information Management

Purpose

The Health Information Management (HIM) degree provides students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills required to perform a variety of specialized duties in a non-clinical healthcare setting. Graduates may seek positions as medical records technicians, coders, health information specialists, and similar designations.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Apply Diagnosis and Procedure codes according to current professional classification systems guidelines.
  • Identify complete health record according to organizational policies, external regulations and professional standards.
  • Analyze and interpret data and data sources for patient care (management, billing, reports, registries and other databases)
  • Use current concepts and government regulations to assign policies for data integrity and data exchange standards.
  • Apply healthcare legal terminology to identify the use of legal document, consents for treatment, retention and release of information, privacy and patient rights.
  • Apply confidentiality, privacy and security measures and policies and procedures for internal and external of and exchange to protect electronic health information.
  • Use payment methodologies and systems such as capitation, Prospective Payment Systems, case mix and health insurance policies to evaluate the revenue cycle management process.
  • Use billing processes and procedures such as claims, electronic data exchange, advanced beneficiary notice, charge master, coding and bill reconciliation process to support the reimbursement cycle.
  • Analyze managed care and accountable care organization strategies and their impact to the delivery of care setting
  • Obtain Certified Coding Associate through AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association), Certified Professional Coder through AAPC (American Association of Professional Coders).

Health Information Management Metrics – 2018

In 2018, 73% was the pass rate for Certified Professional Coder (CPC) from the Academy of Professional Certified Coders –one of the most recognized and respected medical coding certification in the healthcare industry. 

In 2018, 87% of HIM students said The HIM program taught me how to manage my time efficiently while functioning in a healthcare/HIM environment.

 

Employment Opportunities

HIM graduates will be able to work at acute care hospitals, clinics, behavioral healthcare facilities, hospice, home care, health care government agencies, EHR vendors, insurance companies, and Managed Care Organizations.  Opportunities for certification include Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Professional Coder, CCA – Certified Coding Association, and others.

Program Requirements

Students entering the HIM program must meet the college’s general admissions requirements, as well as program specific admission requirements. Program specific admission requirements include:

  • Completion of the Health Information Management Application for Admission packet and letter of intent, including criminal background check.
  • Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these areas may be required.
  • Students may receive college credit for verified on-the-job experience.
  • Courses taken out of suggested sequence must have the approval of the program advisor.
  • Grades lower than a C will not be accepted for core HIM requirements and required electives.

Clinical Affiliation

The Health Information Management Program has clinical affiliation agreements with clinical agencies for student safety.  If students cannot comply with these contractual requirements, they will not be able to participate in clinical experience and  will be asked to withdraw from the program. General guidelines follow:

  • Clinical agencies reserve the right to dismiss a student from their agency at any time with due cause. This will be done with advance notice, except in an emergency.
  • Published policies of the clinical agency must be followed. Each student must successfully complete an orientation program prior to participating in activities at any clinical facility.
  • Clinical facilities requires that all students have documentation of ability to perform the physical demands required in direct patient care activities.
  • Immunizations must be current. A flu vaccine may be required.

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The Health Information Management program is currently in candidacy status for accreditation for Associate Degree Programs by CAHIIM.