The Health Information Management (HIM) program provides an understanding of the many aspects of the emerging field of healthcare technology and information management. HIM professionals are involved in the design, collection, storage, utilization, and transmission of data required to meet the professional, legal, and administrative record-keeping requirements of healthcare delivery systems. They also work with clinical, financial, epidemiological, administrative, and coded healthcare and insurance data. This associate’s degree program will provide students the skills necessary to enter the job market as a HIM technician. This curriculum provides the foundation of a baccalaureate HIM degree and students may choose to transfer to a four-year college, or pursue employment in the field.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- Apply principles as they relate to healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal and ethical issues.
- Interpret and apply health information policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and accreditation agency requirements.
- Employ computer-based health information systems while managing existing paper-based health information systems utilizing EMR software.
- Compare and contrast reimbursement methodologies and procedure-based payment systems such as Resource based Relative Value (RBRV) and Evaluation and Management and Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC).
- Evaluate and audit patient records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure.
- Apply coding knowledge utilizing coding guidelines from ICD-9-CM, ICD-10, CPT-4 and HCPCS.
- Interpret diagnostic based perspective payment groups such as DRG; recognize the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED).
- Utilize medical coding software and clinical classification systems as they relate to the human body and disease processes.
- Identify and discuss healthcare delivery fundamentals and the technology used to gather healthcare information in a variety of settings.
- Utilize appropriate terminology including abbreviations related to pathological conditions, diagnostic procedures, surgical interventions, and therapeutic procedures.
A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester. The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.