Health Information Management
This Health Information Management concentration is designed to prepare students for a technical career in the healthcare industry. Concentration coursework addresses reimbursement, health and clinical data management, privacy and security of healthcare data and patient communication.
►Introduction to Health Information Management (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the health information management field with an emphasis on the study of record-keeping practices in various healthcare settings. Topics include the structure of healthcare organizations, the management of patient medical records, the release of patient information, forms control and design, indexes, registers, regulatory accrediting agencies, and recent healthcare reform agendas. Additionally, legal and ethical issues applicable to health information will be discussed.
►Healthcare Reimbursement (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the various U.S. healthcare payment systems and how they function. Topics include the foundations of insurance, the emergence of HMOs and managed care, private and public reimbursement, risk management, and the role of billing and coding in reimbursement. Additionally, students will learn how various healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and outpatient centers are reimbursed for their services.
►Health and Clinical Data Management (3 credits)
In this course, students will use medical practice software and apply clinical knowledge to support data management functions in a healthcare organization, such as coding for reimbursement, practice analysis, and assessing clinical outcomes.
►Privacy and Security of Healthcare Data (3 credits)
In this course, students are exposed to the concepts of privacy, security, confidentiality, ethics, and regulations pertaining to the use of health information. Topics include legal and ethical environment of protecting healthcare data, HIPAA privacy standards, and health information disclosure.
►Patient Communication and Service Excellence (3 credits)
This course emphasizes respectful communication interactions in a wide range of healthcare settings. Strategies for effectively communicating with patients of all ages, as well as abusive, depressed, or impaired patients, are illustrated through examples and various scenarios.