Health Information Technology (HIT)

Health Information Technology

Course Information Cr Hrs
HIT-110 Introduction to Health Information Technology

This course provides an introduction to health data management and healthcare delivery in the acute care setting. Focus will be on the health data structure, content, and standards, in conjunction with the healthcare information requirements and standards. Topics will include type and content of the health record, documentation requirements, structure and use of health information, health record data collection tools, data sources, data storage and retrieval, and healthcare data sets. Emphasis will be on data quality and
integrity.

 Prerequisite: Grade of "NC" or higher in RDG 050, or a reading score of 20 or higher on the ACT, or 80 or higher on the COMPASS test, or 40 or higher on the ASSET test.
3-3-0
HIT-120 Medical Coding I

This course provides an introduction to the historical development of medical coding and current clinical classification systems. Focus will be on ICD-10-CM/PCS and the role of medical coding in billing, reimbursement, and research. Topics will include concepts, principles, nomenclature, and application of the ICD-10-CM/PCS classification systems, as well as the coding guidelines and conventions. Emphasis will be on the accurate assignment of codes with the ICD-10-CM diagnosis and ICD-10-PCS inpatient
procedure classification systems.

 Prerequisite: HIT 110, HIT 191, BCS 115 and CIS 101.
4-3-1
HIT-191 Medical Terminology

This course provides an introduction to basic word structure in medical terminology using a body systems approach. Focus will be on word roots, prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Topics will include conventional pathology, pharmacology, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and abbreviations related to each body system, along with an examination of root operations and approaches associated with the ICD-10-CM/PCS clinical classification systems. Emphasis will be on word building, pronunciation, spelling,
and medical terminology commonly used in health record documentation.

 Grade of "NC" or better in RDG 050, or satisfactory score on the Reading Placement Assessment
3-3-0
HIT-200 Comparative Health Records & Reimbursement Systems

This course is an inspection of non-acute healthcare settings with the United States healthcare delivery system. Focus will be on hospital-based and freestanding ambulatory care facilities, behavioral health facilities, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, home health care, and hospice. Topics will include the organizational structures, accreditation and licensing requirements, documentation requirements, and the financing of healthcare services, including the influence of managed care. Emphasis will be on various payment and reimbursement methodologies and data sets, as well as the responsibilities of the health information professional.

 Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in CIS 105, HIT 220, HIT 230, MTH 105
3-3-0
HIT-201 Healthcare Quality Management

This course is a survey of the principles of quality management and performance improvement in healthcare. Focus will be on continuous quality improvement, utilization management, case management, and risk management in healthcare. Topics will include certification, licensing, and accreditation of healthcare organizations, compilation, presentation, and analysis of healthcare data using graphic tools, screening criteria, quality initiatives, and patient safety implementation. Emphasis will be on abstracting
and analysis skills, along with reporting clinical data skills.

 Grade of "C" or better in CIS 105 and HIT 110.
3-3-0
HIT-215 Health Information Systems

This course explores information systems in healthcare. Focus will be on the role, evolution, security, and selection of appropriate communication technologies and software applications. Topics will include database management, systems development life cycle, telecommunications, networks, exchange and compatibility standards, personal health records, and the electronic health record, along with an indepth examination of current legislation, and meaningful use. Emphasis will be on accurate data collection,
storage, analysis, and reporting using electronic health record software.

 Grade of "C" or better in HIT 110 and CIS 105
3-3-0
HIT-220 Medical Coding II

This course is a continuation of HIT 120 with an emphasis on advanced coding theory. Focus will be on ICD-10-CM/PCS and the role of medical coding in inpatient billing and reimbursement. Topics will include the sequencing of codes, validating code assignments, and resolving discrepancies between coded data and documentation. Emphasis will be on the quality of specific coding, MS-DRG reimbursement methodology, including coding compliance with federal reimbursement and reporting requirements.

 Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in HIT 120 and BCS 210.
4-3-1
HIT-230 Medical Coding III

This course provides an introduction to the latest versions of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II. Focus will be on the role of procedure, service, and supply codes in billing and reimbursement, as well as the process and management of the revenue cycle of health insurance claims. Topics will include concepts, principles, nomenclature, and application of the CPT/HCPCS Level II classification systems. Emphasis will be on locating, applying, and understanding the reporting of medical services and procedures performed by physicians and outpatient facilities according to CPT/HCPCS and federal regulatory guidelines.

 Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in HIT 120 and BCS 210.
4-3-1
HIT-260 Legal Aspects of Healthcare

This course is an overview of legal and ethical issues affecting the healthcare industry, healthcare providers, and health information management professionals. Focus is on federal regulations, state laws, professional practice and ethical standards. Topics will include medical staff credentialing, tort law, judicial procedure, negligence and medical malpractice, corporate liability, contracts, access and disclosure of personal health information, informed consent, patient rights, and ethics. Emphasis will be on knowledgebased
research skills and the procedures for safeguarding the privacy and confidentiality of health information.

 Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in CIS 105 and HIT 110.
3-3-0
HIT-270 Healthcare Statistics

This course is a study of the basic descriptive, institutional, and clinical statistics in healthcare. Focus will be on transforming data into meaningful information for use in clinical and financial decision making.  Topics will include commonly computed rates and percentages, clinical indices, databases and registries, vital statistics, and knowledge-based research techniques. Emphasis will be on data selection and interpretation skills, together with presentation skills.

 Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in CIS 105, HIT 110, and MTH 105 or higher.
3-3-0
HIT-280 Organization and Supervision in Healthcare

This course is an examination of the principles of organizaton of a Health Information Management Department and the supervision of human resources. Focus will be on the application of the management functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. Topics will include policies and procedures, budgets, organization charts, job descriptions, performance standards, orientation and training programs, teams and committees, motivation techniques, performance evaluations, productivity and workflow
monitors, and labor regulations. Emphasis will be on critical thinking skills, as well as communication and interpersonal skills.

 Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in BUS 140 or ENG 150, HIT 120, HIT 215, HIT 260, HIT 270
3-3-0
HIT-290 Professional Practice Experience

This course facilitates supervised field-based learning in affiliate healthcare and healthcare-related agencies. It is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to integrate classroom and clinical experience within the Health Information Management Department and other associated departments.  Students are expected to complete a defined number of hours of nonpaid practical experience at the designated practice site. Students are responsible for transportation and other expenses related to this course. Students are required to pass a comprehensive program exit examination.

 Prerequisites: Completion of the Coding Specialist Certificate; HIT 260, HIT 270; and completion or currently enrolled in HIT 200, HIT 201, HIT 280 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and permission of program director.
3-0-0