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Health Information Technology AAS
Semester Hours:  69
Effective Term: Fall 2017
Prerequisites: HS diploma or GED, MAT082 Basic Arithmetic

Program Admission Requirements:
Students must apply to the Health Information Director for admission to the HIT Degree program after earning a cumulative score of 70% or above on the HP HESI A2 test. Accepted HIT students may then request written permission from the director to enroll in courses with an HIM prefix. BIO 156 recommended.

Corequisites: None


Program Description: The Health Information Technology (HIT) AAS Degree prepares students with the knowledge and technical skills necessary for managing and improving the quality of information within the healthcare delivery system. The degree focal points are the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) entry-level competencies.

The Health Information Technology Degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM); graduates from this program are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credentialing exam.


Gainful Employment Disclosures per 34 CFR 668.6: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm

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Recommended Proficiencies: None

Course Requirements
Health Information Technology AAS
Total Credits: 69

Program Admission Requirements
Students must apply to the Health Information Director for admission to the HIT Degree after earning a cumulative score of 70% or above on the HP Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI) A2 test. Accepted HIT students may then request written permission from the director to enroll in courses with an HIM prefix. Completion with a C or better in BIO156 Human Biology for Allied Health is required.

Prerequisites
High School Diploma or GED and MAT082 Basic Arithmetic

General Education Requirements (23-24)

Written Communications (3)
Select one:
ENG101 English Composition III (3)
ENG121 Applied Technical Writing (3)

Oral Communications (3)
Select one:
COM100 Fundamentals of Human Communication (3)
COM206 Public Speaking (3)

Art and Humanities (3)
Select courses numbered 100 or above from the following: ART, HMC, LIT, MHL, PHI, and THE. Students may also choose any course from the Art or Humanities AGEC lists. The required courses must represent two different departments for the Art and Humanities category. For example, students may not take a HIS course to fulfill their Art and Humanities requirment, if they are using another HIS course to complete their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
Select courses numbered 100 or above from the following: ABS, ECN, GEO, HIS, POS, PSY, and SOC. Students may also choose any course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences AGEC list. The required courses must represent two different departments for the Social and Behavioral Sciences category. For example, students may not take a HIS course to fulfill their Art and Humanities requirement, if they are using another HIS course to complete their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

Physical and Biological Sciences (8)
BIO201 Human Anatomy - Physiology I (4)
BIO202 Human Anatomy - Physiology II (4)

Mathematics (3-4)
Select one:
BUS101 Business Mathematics (3)
MAT118 Essential Mathematics (4) or higher

Core and Elective Requirements (43)
CBA113A MS Excel Basic (1)
CBA114A MS Access Basic (1)
HCC116 Medical Terminology Accelerated (3)
HIM115 Health Information Technology I (2)
HIM117 Health Information Technology II (3)
HIM121 Legal Aspects of Health Information (3)
HIM138 ICD Coding (3)
HIM158 CPT Coding (3)
HIM160 Healthcare Data Management (2)
HIM200 Healthcare Reimbursement (2)
HIM205 Healthcare Statistics and Research (2)
HIM208 Advanced Coding (3)
HIM210 Supervision and Quality (2)
HIM215 Health Information Systems (3)
HIM275Q Health Information Technology Practicum (4)
HPM162 Basic Pharmacology for Health Occupations (3)
HPM173 Pathophysiology (3)

Other Requirements (3)
Reading Competency:
RDG094 College Reading
OR
Equivalent reading assessment test score

Computer Competency (3):
CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)

Students must earn:
a grade of C or better in all required courses;
a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale;
a minimum of 20 credits from CAC;
a minimum of 69 credits.

Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
Domain I. (Synthesis Level) Data Content, Structure & Standards (Information Governance) (CSLO 2, 4)

Subdomain I.A Classification Systems

1. Apply diagnosis/procedure codes according to current guidelines
2. Evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic and procedural coding
3. Apply diagnostic/procedural groupings
4. Evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic/procedural groupings


Subdomain I.B. Health Record Content and Documentation

1. Analyze the documentation in the health record to ensure it supports the diagnosis and reflects the patients progress, clinical findings, and discharge status
2. Verify the documentation in the health record is timely, complete, and accurate
3. Identify a complete health record according to, organizational policies, external regulations, and standards
4. Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of various providers and disciplines, to support documentation requirements, throughout the continuum of healthcare

Subdomain I.C Data Governance

1. Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of health data
Subdomain I.D. Data Management
1. Collect and maintain health data
2. Apply graphical tools for data presentations

Subdomain I.E. Secondary Data Sources

1. Identify and use secondary data sources
2. Validate the reliability and accuracy of secondary data sources

Domain II. (Application Level) Information Protection: Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy & Security (CSLO 1, 2, 4)

Subdomain II.A. Health Law

1. Apply healthcare legal terminology
2. Identify the use of legal documents
3. Apply legal concepts and principles to the practice of HIM

Subdomain II.B. Data Privacy, Confidentiality & Security

1. Apply confidentiality, privacy and security measures and policies and procedures for internal and external use and exchange to protect electronic health information
2. Apply retention and destruction policies for health information
3. Apply system security policies according to departmental and organizational data/information standards

Subdomain II.C. Release of Information

1. Apply policies and procedures surrounding issues of access and disclosure of protected health information

Domain III. (Analysis Level) Informatics, Analytics and Data Use (CSLO 2, 4)

Subdomain III.A. Health Information Technologies

1. Utilize software in the completion of HIM processes
2. Explain policies and procedures of networks, including intranet and Internet to facilitate clinical and administrative applications

Subdomain III.B. Information Management Strategic Planning

1. Explain the process used in the selection and implementation of health information management systems
2. Utilize health information to support enterprise wide decision support for strategic planning

Subdomain III.C. Analytics and Decision Support

1. Explain analytics and decision support
2. Apply report generation technologies to facilitate decision-making

Subdomain III.D. Health Care Statistics

1. Utilize basic descriptive, institutional, and healthcare statistics
2. Analyze data to identify trends

Subdomain III.E. Research Methods

1. Explain common research methodologies and why they are used in healthcare


Subdomain III.F. Consumer Informatics

1. Explain usability and accessibility of health information by patients, including current trends and future challenges


Subdomain III.G. Health Information Exchange

1. Explain current trends and future challenges in health information exchange


Subdomain III.H. Information Integrity and Data Quality

1. Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of health data both internal and external to the health system

Domain IV. (Synthesis Level) Revenue Management

Subdomain IV.A. Revenue Cycle and Reimbursement

1. Apply policies and procedures for the use of data required in healthcare reimbursement
2. Evaluate the revenue cycle management processes

Domain V. (Synthesis Level) Compliance (CSLO 2, 3, 4)

Subdomain V.A. Regulatory

1. Analyze policies and procedures to ensure organizational compliance with regulations and standards
2. Collaborate with staff in preparing the organization for accreditation, licensure, and/or certification
3. Adhere to the legal and regulatory requirements related to the health information management

Subdomain V.B. Coding

1. Analyze current regulations and established guidelines in clinical classification systems
2. Determine accuracy of computer assisted coding assignment and recommend corrective action

Subdomain V.C. Fraud Surveillance

1. Identify potential abuse or fraudulent trends through data analysis


Subdomain V.D. Clinical Documentation Improvement

1. Identify discrepancies between supporting documentation and coded data
2. Develop appropriate physician queries to resolve data and coding discrepancies

Domain VI. (Synthesis Level) Leadership (CSLO 1, 2, 3, 4)

Subdomain VI.A Leadership Roles

1. Summarize health information related leadership roles
2. Apply the fundamentals of team leadership
3. Organize and facilitate meetings

Subdomain VI.B. Change Management

1. Recognize the impact of change management on processes, people and systems

Subdomain VI.C. Work Design and Process Improvement

1. Utilize tools and techniques to monitor, report, and improve processes
2. Identify cost-saving and efficient means of achieving work processes and goals
3. Utilize data for facility-wide outcomes reporting for quality management and performance improvement

Subdomain VI.D. Human Resources Management


1. Report staffing levels and productivity standards for health information functions
2. Interpret compliance with local, state, federal labor regulations
3. Adhere to work plans, policies, procedures, and resource requisitions in relation to job functions

Subdomain VI.E. Training and Development

1. Explain the methodology of training and development
2. Explain return on investment for employee training/development

Subdomain VI.F. Strategic and Organizational Management

1. Summarize a collection methodology for data to guide strategic and organizational management
2. Understand the importance of healthcare policy-making as it relates to the healthcare delivery system
3. Describe the differing types of organizations, services, and personnel and their interrelationships across the health care delivery system
4. Apply information and data strategies in support of information governance initiatives
5. Utilize enterprise-wide information assets in support of organizational strategies and objectives

Subdomain VI.G. Financial Management

1. Plan budgets
2. Explain accounting methodologies
3. Explain budget variances

Subdomain VI.H. Ethics

1. Comply with ethical standards of practice
2. Evaluate the consequences of a breach of healthcare ethics
3. Assess how cultural issues affect health, healthcare quality, cost, and HIM
4. Create programs and policies that support a culture of diversity

Subdomain VI.I. Project Management

1. Summarize project management methodologies


Subdomain VI.J. Vendor/Contract Management

1. Explain Vendor/Contract Management


Subdomain VI.K. Enterprise Information Management

Apply knowledge of database architecture and design


Standards for Program
http://cahiim.org/him/curriculumrequirements.html