Health Information Technology (HI)

HI125: Health Care Delivery and Information Management

This course introduces the history and development of the health information field and an overview of the American Health Information Management Association. The evolution of health care delivery systems, storage and retrieval methods, development of the health record, accrediting and licensing requirements, patient indexing, and typical health information functions and positions are also taught in this course.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

HI135: Legal Aspects of Health Information

This course provides you with foundational theory, related to the health care industry and health information profession, necessary to support your learning in health information management courses. This course also provides you with an overview of relevant legal concepts related to the management of health information in a variety of health care settings. Topics of study include an introduction to the U.S. health care system and the health information management profession, as well as legal and ethical issues in health information management including common legal compliance issues. You will have the opportunity to utilize computerized software to perform tasks related to the release and management of the health record.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

HI150: Automation of Health Information

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to work within a computerized health care environment. It reinforces basic software skills in applications, and outlines the critical stages of developing a health information system. The key features of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Health Information Exchanges (HIE) will be examined. The importance of safeguarding protected health information, along with privacy and security issues, will be explored. Finally, you will examine the future technologies important to the management of health information.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

HI165: Health Information Practicum

In this health information clinical practicum, students will be provided an opportunity to gain practical experience through use of the HIM laboratory and by utilizing health information-specific software.

Quarter Credit Hours: 2 | Prerequisite: HI150

HI215: Reimbursement Methodologies

This course will show students the reimbursement side of health care and the importance of correct coding and billing practices to both the facility and the patient. Students will gain insight into the various types of health insurance plans, and also study compliance as it relates to reimbursement.

Quarter Credit Hours: 3 | Prerequisite: None | Corequisite: HI255

HI230: Quality Assurance and Statistics in Health Information

In this course, you will study performance improvement and quality assessment concepts as they relate to health information and quality care at the facility level. Team concepts, risk management, utilization management, accreditation and licensure, data quality issues, and patient outcomes are important topics in this course. You will learn the correlation of performance metrics with use of health care data for decision making in the facility.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

HI253: Medical Coding I

This course surveys the basics of medical coding for inpatient and outpatient health care settings. Specifically, the format, conventions, and general guidelines for the ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, HCPCS Level I/II, and CPT code sets are examined. You learn to apply appropriate diagnosis and procedure codes upon reviewing key health record information. Additionally, the course provides an introduction to clinical documentation improvement (CDI), compliance audits, and health information systems (i.e., CAC, encoders).

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: SC131; course may also be taken as a corequisite

HI255: Medical Coding II

This course explores advanced topics vital to the ethical, legal, and compliant practice of medical coding within inpatient and outpatient settings. You will examine case scenarios throughout the course using a problem-based learning approach. The course offers virtual laboratories on health information systems and technologies critical to quality coding practices in today's digital world.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: HI253

HI295: Health Information Externship/Capstone

Successful completion of this course will require 90 hours of clinical and administrative experience at an approved health care setting. Through this externship and capstone experience, students will gain clinical experience in departmental organization, assembly, analysis, filing and retrieval, release of information, health care systems, the coding process, quality improvement, risk management, and teamwork in health care. In addition, students will gain experience with basic management functions. Students will be evaluated on the performance of expected competencies at the end of the course. The course requires the submission of the completed Externship/Capstone Experience Project.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: Last term, completion of all program-specific courses, and permission of the Clinical Placement Team

HI300: Information Technology and Systems for Health Care

In this course, you implement and manage technology, gain knowledge of database architecture and design, and design and generate administrative reports. Enforcement of confidentiality, e-health security, and measures to protect health information are also stressed.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: None

HI305: Management of Health Information

This course highlights the key concepts related to the practice of health information management. You will draw upon foundational knowledge to resolve common issues related to health care compliance, leadership and management, technologies, and analytics. You will collaborate with the Clinical Placement Team in planning your professional practice experience (PPE), which is completed during the capstone course. Additionally, you will develop networking and career development strategies necessary for the health information workforce.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: None

HI410: Advanced Reimbursement Methodology

In this course, you will explore the reimbursement concepts practiced in health care including compliance strategies and reporting, chargemaster and case mix analysis, and compliance and reimbursement auditing. The payment systems used in commercial, managed care, and federal insurance plans, such as DRGs, RBRVS, and RUGs, will also be reviewed. Application of payment methods and calculations will be detailed and practiced.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

HI499: Bachelor's Capstone in Health Information Management

Successful completion of this course will require 120 hours of professional practice experience (i.e., practicum) at an approved health care facility. Through this professional practice experience (PPE), you will gain on-the-job skills related to the health information profession. Additionally, this course will provide a content review on the common body of knowledge of health information management relevant to the national certification examination.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: HI305, last term, completion of all program-specific courses, and permission of the Clinical Placement Team