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Health Information Specialist (Online)

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Health Information Specialist - HEGIS Code 5213

Graduates will be qualified to seek employment in medical office management positions where knowledge of medical billing and coding are most important. Health Information is a rapidly developing and evolving field with the healthcare industry. Health Information professionals work to procure, analyze, and protect patient data using electronic health record technology. These highly trained professionals work with the latest technologies in healthcare data management working in organizations from private physician offices to large hospital complexes. In this fully developed on-ground and online curriculum, students will learn to code inpatient and outpatient healthcare services using ICD 10-CM, PCS, and CPT coding systems. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to attempt a Professional Coding exam.


Course No.   Semester
MED103 Medical Terminology » 3

Students will be introduced to the foundation of medical terminology through a thorough study of the roots, prefixes, and suffixes which form medical language. Students will also learn the vocabulary used in various medical specialties. Spelling, definitions, and pronunciation are stressed.

Number: MED103
Type: Health Professions

MED111 Healthcare Law and Ethics » 3

This course will introduce for discussion a variety of ethical issues that healthcare professionals may encounter during the course of their careers. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of ethical and professional behavior in the healthcare workplace. In depth discussions, textbook assignments and role playing will provide guidance to students in how to successfully manage patient relationships, protect patient privacy in compliance with the Health Insurance Privacy and Accountability Act as well as understand the distinct job responsibilities of the myriad of employees who comprise the typical healthcare organization.

Students must receive a minimum grade of a “C” (70%) to continue. Students may receive a grade of D (60-69%) but will be required to repeat the course.

Number: MED111
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MED201 Introduction to Medical Coding » 3

This course will provide students with an introduction to the historical development of medical nomenclature and classification systems including ICD-9-10-CM, CPT-4 and HCPCS coding. This course concentrates on the coding of diseases, evaluation and management procedures, diagnostic and operative procedures and abstraction of clinical diagnostic data from source documentation in order to produce optimal reimbursement when filing claims with third party payers. Also included in this course will be an overview of the medical billing cycle including coverage of Hospital Billing Applications. In accordance with new federal regulations effective January, 2014, students will be introduced to ICD-10.

Prerequisite: MED103 or permission of Chair

Number: MED201
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MED203 Advanced Medical Coding » 3

This course will leverage and build upon the skills acquired in Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding and concentrates on application of coding skills and analyzing operative reports and consultation notes. These reports and other cases simulate real world out-patient clinical and hospital ICD-9-10, CPT, and HCPCS. Included will be the application of learned skills to EOB denial analysis, collection procedures, and the appeals processes as well as the study of Electronic Records Management.

Prerequisite: MED201 or permission of Chair

Number: MED203
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MED206 Hospital Reimbursement » 3

This course provides an introduction to hospital reimbursement methodologies. The course will focus on basic reimbursement methodologies for inpatient settings, including Medicare acute and skilled inpatient reimbursement guidelines, Prospective Payment Systems, relationship between coding and Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) assignment and coding compliance.

Prerequisite: MED201

Number: MED206
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MED208 Administrative Medical Practice » 3

This course will provide the groundwork for understanding the rules and responsibilities of allied health care providers in an administrative role. The course will cover topics such as electronic health records management, written and oral communication skills, understanding the complexity of the health insurance industry, scheduling and monitoring patient appointments, and the overall administrative duties that impact a health care facility.

Prerequisite: MED103

Students must receive a minimum grade of a “C” (70%) to continue. Students may receive a grade of D (60-69%) but will be required to repeat the course.

Number: MED208
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MED212 Medical Billing » 3

This course introduces the student to health insurance and reimbursement. In this course the student will become familiar with common medical billing practices, the health insurance industry, legal and regulatory issues and differences in reimbursement methodologies. The student will learn principles of medical billing related to proper claim form preparation, submission, and payment processing, and adjudication. This course is recommended for anyone who is preparing for a career in a medical billing department at a physician’s office, clinic, or other healthcare entity, and as a claims examiner for insurance carriers. Case studies will be provided to simulate a realistic experience in completing insurance forms.

Prerequisites: MED208, MED201

Number: MED212
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MED215 Health Information Technology » 3

This course introduces students to the health information management profession, the health information department and the health record. Basic concepts and techniques covered will include health record content, assembly, analysis, control, storage, retention, retrieval, form design and control, indices and registers, and filing systems for both paper and electronic health records.

Prerequisites: MED208 & GEN115 or permission of Chair

Number: MED215
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

ACC127 Spreadsheet Applications » 3

This course introduces Excel spreadsheet concepts using software in the Windows environment. Topics to be covered include: creating the Excel worksheet, formulas, functions, enhancing spreadsheets with graphs and charts, analyzing spreadsheet data (what–if analysis) and working with large worksheets.

Number: ACC127
Credits: 3.00
Type: Accounting

BUS122 Integrated Business Applications » 3

In this course, students will examine the concepts and applications of Microsoft Word & PowerPoint. Students will use these technology tools to create business documents, marketing materials, and develop effective business presentations that will prepare them for today’s information based business environment.

Number: BUS122
Credits: 3.00
Type: Business Administration

BUS279 Customer Relationship Management » 3

Providing excellent customer service is key when it comes to relationship management and customer retention. Students will learn basic greetings and conversation starters, as well as how to maintain a professional presence when dealing with customers. We will look at the correlation between customer service and the increase of sales and revenue. A variety of communication tools will be examined and evaluated to determine what methods may be appropriate in keeping in touch with your client base. The term project will require students to create a Customer Service training manual for a company/industry of their choice.

Number: BUS279
Credits: 3.00
Type: Business Administration

GEN125 English Composition I » 3

In this course, students develop their reading comprehension and written communication skills. Different styles of writing are examined as students develop writing proficiency through practice in planning, outlining, drafting, revising and editing. In addition to regular class meeting times, Day Division students are required to participate in a ten-week Writing Lab component which counts as ten percent of the grade for English Composition. For the Day Division, the Writing Lab is graded as Pass or Fail.

Note: Writing Lab is not required in the Evening division or for fully online programs.

Prerequisite: Proficiency Examination and/or ACE108

Number: GEN125
Credits: 3.00
Type: General Education

  Total Credits 36


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