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 knowledge of data content structure and standards to evaluate data sources, apply classification system guidelines including ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, HCPCS II, and SNOMED, and ensure health record documentation is complete and accurate.
- Protect health information by controlling access, ensuring information security, and understanding the legal and ethical issues in the use of health data.
- Participate in the implementation and use of information technology in the healthcare organization including establishing data standards, ensuring data quality, utilizing decision support tools, and performing data analysis.
- Utilize healthcare data to manage the revenue cycle of the healthcare organization through understanding of payment methods and systems in all care settings.
- Evaluate organization compliance with regulations and standards to support licensing, accreditation, and reimbursement.
- Apply information governance principles by collecting, storing, protecting, and using organizational data strategically, especially in performance improvement activities.
- Understand and apply knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology, anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, computer concepts and computer applications as they relate to health information management.
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.