Course Descriptions

Health Record Content and Documentation

HIT111

Introduction to health-information theory supplemented with hands-on simulation and projects. Topics to be covered include, but not limited to: the content, uses and format of the health record; the methods of storage, retrieval and retention of health information; the preparation and uses of indexes and registers; documentation requirements; and the role of health information in reimbursement, quality improvement and other important functions. (Formerly HIT110) 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab)

Introduction to Information Technology in Health Care

HIT121

Overview of the concepts of information technology that are related to healthcare and will introduce the tools and techniques for collecting, storing, and retrieving health care data. Coursework includes exposure to various healthcare and health information related software applications. (Formerly HIT120) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): CSC124. Spring Only.

Introduction to ICD-10 Coding

HIT124

Introduction to various methods and systems for classifying patients, emphasizing the International Classification of Diseases and the Current Procedural Terminology classification systems. Study includes the conventions, principles, and guidelines for abstracting coding of diagnoses and procedures for hospital inpatient and outpatient medical records. Actual patient records from the program’s patient record library are used in a supervised lab setting. An automated encoder and DRG grouper software program is demonstrated. (Formerly HIT224) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIO103.

Principles of Pharmacology for Health Information

HIT128

Introduction to fundamental concepts in drug action and drug disposition. Topics cover the concepts of basic pharmacology and drug therapy, the influences of drugs on body systems, and the effects that specific drugs commonly have on persons receiving them. Exploration includes drug groups, key similarities, adverse reactions, routes of administration, and usual dosages. 2 Credits (2 Lecture)

Compliance and Legal Issues in Health Information

HIT145

Basic concepts and principles of compliance with external regulations and accreditation standards, principles of law, legal analysis and terminology found in the healthcare field and health information sector. Compliance issues regarding laws, regulations and accreditation standards impacting health care organizations. Legal issues regarding confidentiality of health information, such as release of health information, consent forms, liability of health care providers, and other current issues. Concepts and methods of risk management in the healthcare field. (Formerly LAS245) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT111. Spring Only.

Health Care Statistical Data

HIT211

Basic descriptive and vital statistics and the concepts of data validity and reliability for measures used in health care. Topics include definitions of health care statistical terms, data collection methods, analysis and interpretation of data, calculation of health care statistical formulas, and methods of presenting statistical data. (Formerly HIT210) 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MTH113 or MTH151 or MTH153 or MTH160 or MTH180. Fall Only.

Health Care Analytics and Performance Improvement

HIT221

Emphasis on the principles of quality assessment and improvement and on providing a basis for developing skills in collecting and analyzing data. Examine health care evaluation systems and the role of medical record professionals in quality assessment and improvement, clinical critical pathways and case management, utilization management, risk management, infection control, and medical staff credentialing. Introduces topics of data analytics and population health management. (Formerly HIT220) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT111 and HIT121. Fall Only.

Data and Information Governance

HIT223

Exploration of the concepts of data and information governance which are the rules that should be followed when information is collected, processed, and stored. Assistance with learning how to ensure that information is processed legally, securely, efficiently and effectively. Focus on ensuring compliance with the right processes and procedures when processing information. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT111 and HIT121. Spring Only.

Introduction to CPT Coding

HIT227

Designed to introduce the coding of healthcare procedures with an emphasis on the Current Procedural Terminology classification systems. Practice the conventions, principles and guidelines for abstracting coding of diagnoses and procedures for hospital outpatient medical records. The students will utilize actual patient records from the program's patient record library in a supervised lab setting. Actual patient records from the program's patient record library in a supervised lab setting and automated encoder and APC grouper software program will be accessed. (Formerly HIT226) 3 Credits (2.50 Lecture - 1.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO103. Fall Only.

Advanced Coding and Reimbursement

HIT233

Examination of detailed ICD-9-CM and CPT-4 coding situations with an emphasis on practical application of coding skills to actual patient records. Practice with an automated encoder and DRG grouper software program as well as manual coding techniques. (Formerly HIT232) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): HIT124 and HIT227. Spring Only.

Health Information Internship I

HIT243

Practical application in the maintenance of medical records in a hospital and specialty health care organizations. Areas to be covered include record content, data collection, storage, retrieval, and retention; release of information; accreditation and licensing standards; classification systems; and the evaluation and use of secondary records. (Formerly HIT240) 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship) Prerequisite(s): HIT121. Corequisite(s): HIT227. Fall Only.

Health Information Internship II

HIT244

Practical application in the management and supervision of a health information department and all of its functions. Emphasis is placed on coding, DRG assignment and reimbursement, external reviews by the PRO and accreditation/licensing agencies, coding, and the role of the medical record professional in quality assessment, utilization review and risk management. A management project is required during this internship experience. (Formerly HIT241) 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship) Prerequisite(s): HIT243. Spring Only.

Health Information Management

HIT251

This is a capstone course in the Health Information Technology program. The topics covered include health information department operations, current issues in health information and in health care delivery, the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) professional practice standards and Code of Ethics for the health information professional, and a review of health records competencies to help prepare the student for the national accreditation exam. (Formerly HIT250) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): HIT244. Spring Only.

Certification Exam Prep

HIT255

Preparation for the certification exam as set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics & Information Management Education (CAHIIM) for an Accredited Educational Program for the Health Information Technician and the entry-level competencies identified by the American Health Information Management Association. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT240.

Health Informatics

HIT311

Introduction to the discipline of health informatics, including history, basic knowledge of health informatics, data management, vocabularies, standards, and tools as applied in the support of health care delivery. The course presents the concepts and practices of the health informatics field, including the integration of computers with medicine; acquisition, storage, and use of medical data; essential concepts of medical computing; system design and standards for health informatics; ethics in health informatics; and relevant technology assessment. (Formerly HIT310) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): CSC124. Fall Only.

Clinical Issues in Health Information

HIT316

Examination of the gap between clinical staff who provide direct patient care and the allied health/support staff who do not provide direct patient care. Course work provides an understanding of how the documentation in the patient record should reflect the patient’s prognosis, clinical findings, and discharge status. Topics also include the general principles of pharmacology, including classes of drugs, drug action and interaction; and adverse drug reactions. Discussion explores current issues, trends, and treatments used in medical practice. (Formerly HIT315) 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Fall Only.

Managing Privacy and Security of Health Information

HIT321

Exploration of the issues surrounding the use and disclosure of health information, including the standards for electronic health information security under current government regulations related to health record privacy and security. Topics include protected information; permitted uses and disclosures of protected health information; individuals' rights concerning their health information; safeguarding health information; why the federal government wants to protect the security of electronic health information; the approach to health information security taken by the proposed standards; physical safeguards; technical security; administrative procedures; and implementing the standards. (Formerly HIT320) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Spring Only.

Health Care Data Analysis and Quality Management

HIT326

Examination of concepts related to complex data analysis within the health care environment. Principles of data collection, organization and statistical analysis and interpretation are covered. Study includes review of complex applications for data mining and reporting within the health care environment. Additional topics include issues involved in the management of quality and performance improvement in the health care setting as well as the components of quality, performance improvement, and the regulatory requirements for this function. (Formerly HIT325) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MTH153 or MTH160. Spring Only.

Fundamentals of Cancer Registries

HIT330

Overview of the organization of cancer registry programs and the operational requirements. Course work includes preparing annual reports, interpreting health information data, and translating that data into ICD-0 3 codes. Cancer registration involves collection, management, and analysis of cancer incidence data. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT310. As needed.

Health Care Leadership and Professionalism

HIT341

Personalized exploration to help students prepare for leadership roles in health care. Focus on exploration and identification of personal leadership qualities and professional skills through careful self-assessment. Leadership and professionalism practices will occur through planned interaction with leaders in the health care profession. (Formerly HIT340) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): SPC101 or SPC102 or SPC201 or SPC301 or SPC302. Fall Only.

Management of Electronic Health Records Systems

HIT411

Theory and application of electronic health records, information systems and life cycle. Topics include development, implementation, and management of electronic health records (EHR) systems, including following topics: challenges to adoption; goal setting and impact on quality; strategic planning for the migration path; health care process assessment; assessment of functional needs, data infrastructure, and information technology and systems infrastructure; analysis of return on investment for expenditures; selection and contract negotiation; project management; system implementation and ongoing maintenance; acute care applications; and the growing momentum toward health information exchange. (Formerly HIT410) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT311. Fall Only.

Health Care Finance and Budgeting

HIT421

Analysis of the financial management of health services organizations and issues related to the financial management of health services organizations, particularly acute care facilities such as hospitals, but also in various other health care organizations. Topics include financial information and the decision-making process; billing and coding for health services; financial environment of health care organizations; legal and regulatory environment; revenue determination; managed care; general principles of accounting; financial statements; accounting for inflation; analyzing financial statements; financial analysis of alternative health care firms; strategic financial planning; cost concepts and decision making; product costing; the management control process; cost variance analysis; financial mathematics; capital project analysis; consolidations and mergers; capital formation; working capital and cash management; and developing the cash budget. (Formerly HIT420) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Fall Only.

Management of Health Information Services

HIT491

Examination of organizational behaviors, management, and leadership, emphasizing the role of the health information management professional across various health information management functions. Topics include record analysis and abstracting; incomplete chart control; medical transcription, word processing, and associated service contracts; file management; record management, retention, and long term storage; clinical coding and release of information and associated service contracts; billing and revenue cycle management; project management; evaluation of workflows and productivity; and monitoring compliance with external regulations and accreditation standards. Problems and cases are also used for the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. (Formerly HIT490) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT311 and HIT421. Spring Only.

Health Information Senior Capstone

HIT496

Capstone experience intended to reinforce the knowledge obtained from lectures and laboratory assignments in previous courses. Observation and/or work with management personnel in the health information department of an acute care, long term care, ambulatory care facility, and/or other health information related organization is included to apply knowledge of health information functions, health care statistics, advanced coding and reimbursement procedures, data analysis and quality management, and management and supervision. The experience provides an opportunity to synthesize, analyze, and develop solutions to health information issues or problems. A health information program for implementation in a health information department, a major written health information project, or a written portfolio with relevance to the health information profession will be completed under the guidance of a faculty mentor. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT310 and HIT320 and HIT325 and HIT410 and HIT420. As needed.