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View Health Information Management A.A.S. (TP/SS): 550
View Medical Coder/Abstractor/Biller Certificate (TP/SS): 525

Health Information Management A.A.S. (TP/SS): 550

Revised: Effective Semester — Fall 2012

Students who plan to major in health information management will be assigned the temporary major of pre-health information management, with POS code 550, until they are officially admitted to the health information management program. Students may take preparatory courses and courses that fulfill general education requirements during the waiting period. As an alternative to being assigned a temporary major, students waiting for admission to the health information management program my choose to major in general studies or any other open-enrollment program. The Admission and Records office at Takoma Park/Silver Spring will assign a matriculated code once students are admitted to the health information management program.

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to function as health information technicians in health record services located in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, physician offices, insurance offices, government agencies, and other facilities utilizing health records. The health information management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in cooperation with the American Health Information Management Association’s Council on Accreditation. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive the A.A.S. and will be eligible to apply to take the accreditation examination given by the American Health Information Management Association.

The health information management technician is trained in all the functions normally performed by a health record service, which can include analyzing and technically evaluating health records and reports; compiling, interpreting, and utilizing hospital and health care statistics; coding systems, diseases, and operations according to a recognized classification system; assisting with medical facility committee procedures; releasing confidential information in accordance with legal requirements; and abstracting and retrieving medical information. Students in the curriculum are required to earn a grade of C or better in each health information management course before being allowed to proceed to the next course.

Full-time and part-time students must see the program coordinator to choose an appropriate sequence of courses as outlined in the Health Information Management Student Handbook. All students must complete HI-designated courses within the three years prior to graduation. HI-designated courses not meeting this time requirement must be retaken, or the student must test out in current course content.

General Education Requirements
Foundation Courses    
  English foundation*
3
HE 100 Principles of Healthier Living
 

OR

   
  Health foundation 1(3)
MA 116 Elements of Statistics  

OR

Mathematics foundation
3
SP 108 Introduction to Human Communication  

  OR

SP 112 Business and Professional Speech Communication
3
Distribution Courses    
Arts or humanities distribution
3
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3
BI 130 A Human Body
3
BI 130 B Human Body Lab  1
Program Requirements 
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
CA 120 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
HI 103 Assembly and Analysis and Alternate Health Care Delivery 2
HI 104 Introduction to Health Information Management 1
HI 105 Legal Aspects of Health Information 1
HI 106 Introduction to and Legal Aspects of Health Information Laboratory 1
HI 111 Professional Practice Experience I 1
HI 113 Management of Health Information 2
HI 114 Automation of Health Information 2
HI 125 Medical Terminology I 2
HI 126 Medical Terminology II 2
HI 135 Concepts of Disease 3
HI 203 Statistics for Health Information 2
HI 204 Performance Improvement in Health Information 2
HI 211 Professional Practice Experience II 2
HI 212 Professional Practice Experience III 1
HI 213 CPT Coding 2
HI 214 Introduction to Pharmacology 1
HI 215 ICD-10 Coding 4
HI 220 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement 3
HI 221 Ambulatory Coding 2
HI 222 Electronic Patient Billing 2
HI 226 Research in Health Information 1
Total credit hours 62(65)
* EN 101 if needed for English foundation
 
Program Outcomes for the Health Information Management A.A.S. Degree

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Illustrate competency in compiling health records and coding medical data using different formats and coding systems.  
  • Identify the components of management and how they relate to running a health record department.
  • Assess management techniques for controlling automated functions in a health record department.
  • Apply entry-level knowledge, clinical skills, and professional abilities appropriate for an HIM professional.
  • Demonstrate correct spelling, punctuation and proficiency in communicating through the oral and written use of basic medical terminology.

Medical Coder/Abstractor/Biller Certificate (TP/SS): 525

Revised: Effective Semester — Fall 2012

Students who plan to get a certificate in Medical Coder/Abstractor/Biller will be assigned the temporary major of POS code 525 until they are officially admitted to the Medical Coder/Abstractor/Biller Certificate program.

The medical coder / abstractor / biller certificate curriculum is designed to prepare students to function as medical coders, abstractors, and billers in health record services located in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, insurance companies, and governmental agencies.

The coder / abstractor / biller is trained in the following functions normally performed by a health record service: analyzing and technically evaluating health records and reports; compiling, interpreting, and utilizing hospital and health care statistics; coding symptoms, diseases, and operations according to recognized classification systems; and abstracting and retrieving medical information. Students will be introduced to specialty coding and electronic billing requirements in an outpatient setting.

All students must complete HI-designated courses within the three years prior to graduation. HI-designated courses not meeting this time requirement must be retaken, or the student must test out in current course content.

BI 130A The Human Body 3
BI 130B The Human Body Lab 1
HI 103 Assembly and Analysis and Alternate Health Care Delivery 2
HI 125 Medical Terminology I 2
HI 126 Medical Terminology II 2
HI 135 Concepts of Disease 3
HI 213 CPT Coding 2
HI 214 Introduction to Pharmacology 1
HI 215 ICD-10 Coding 4
HI 220 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement 3
HI 221 Ambulatory Coding 2
HI 222 Electronic Patient Billing 2
Total credit hours  27

 

Program Outcomes for the Medical Coder/Abstractor/Biller Certificate

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  •  Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Show competency in compiling health records and coding medical data using different formats and coding systems.  
  • Demonstrate entry-level knowledge, clinical skills, and professional abilities appropriate for an HIM professional.
  • Demonstrate correct spelling, punctuation and proficiency in communicating through the oral and written use of basic medical terminology.

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