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Health Information Technology

This is the first part of a two-semester course which includes a development of medical terminology in a logical sequence. Medical terms are used in a limited number of body systems. Special attention is given to presenting medical terms in their proper context as related to: anatomy and physiology, pathology, clinical procedures, laboratory tests and abbreviations.
Corequisites: HIT 106, HIT 107, HIT 108, BIO 425, CHE 118/121
This is the first of two courses that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of body systems. Students will learn the cause, risk factors, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the body. Students are required to review medical charts and identify diseases and procedures relevant for billing purposes according to the current official ICD-CM coding guidelines.
Corequisites: HIT 103, HIT 107, HIT 108
This course prepares the student to identify an incomplete medical record. The various hospital departments (e.g. finance, risk management, quality assurance) and regulating agencies (e.g. JCAHO), as they relate to the medical record will be covered. Students will also be exposed to alternate sites for medical charts (e.g. prison).
Corequisites: HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 108, BIO 425, CHE 118/121
This course begins with an overview of the Health Information Management (HIM) profession. Topics include contents of different types of medical records, required standards for chart documentation, divisions within the HIM department, and chart flow throughout the department. It also covers the development and use of primary and secondary indexes and registries, numbering and filing systems, and methodologies utilized for the retention, retrieval, and destruction of medical documents. Utilizing the internet, students will learn to access health-related databases and evaluate the different vendors offering filing systems and storage, including microfilm and computer hardware/software. Utilizing materials in the classroom, students will create patient charts.
Corequisites: HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107, BIO 425, CHE118/121
This course is a continuation and advanced study of medical terms. Basic fundamentals of word analysis are applied in a continued study of medical terms by body systems. Medical terminology is applied in case reports, X-ray reports, operative and diagnostic lists, drug descriptions and other medical contexts.
Prerequisites: HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107. HIT 108, BIO 425, Corequisites: HIT 204, HIT 207, HIT 208, BIO 426
This course provides an in-depth coverage of statistical computations relevant to hospital inpatient and outpatient services (e.g. budget). Common statistical collection and display methodologies used for administrative decisions are covered. Utilizing data from a variety of sources (e.g. death registry), students will perform computations (e.g. average daily census) using Excel.
Prerequisites: HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107, HIT 108, BIO 425, Corequisites: HIT 203, HIT 204, HIT 207, HIT 208, BIO 426
This course covers the historical development and current medical coding systems for diagnoses, procedures, and reimbursement systems. Students will gain entry-level competency in the use of the current ICD-CM coding system by coding inpatient charts and assigning a diagnostic related group (DRG), utilizing an internet based coding program. Students will also complete coding exercises within and outside of the classroom covering specific diseases (e.g., AIDS, Neoplasms) to learn applicable coding guidelines.
Prerequisites: HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107, HIT 108, BIO 425, Corequisites: HIT 203, HIT 204, HIT 208, BIO 426
This is a continuation of HIT 106, Pathology of Diseases I, that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of body systems. Students will learn the cause, risk factors, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the body. Students are required to review medical charts and identify diseases and procedures relevant for billing purposes according to the current official ICD-CM coding guidelines.
Prerequisites: HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107, HIT 108, BIO 426, Corequisites: HIT 203, HIT 204, HIT 207, BIO 426
This is a supervised learning experience in affiliated clinical sites that enables the student to acquire competence in health information management procedures directly related to the course content of all previous HIT courses. Students are required to complete three projects assigned from the clinical site. Each student completes a coding software program that contains six learning modules. Students are also introduced to the "Encoder" software program, pharmacology, and reimbursement systems (e.g., prospective payment).
Prerequisites: HIT 203, HIT 204, HIT 207, HIT 208, BIO 426
This course covers all federal and state laws (e.g., HIPAA) that are applicable to the HIM profession. It will also cover the legal principles applicable to malpractice, New York State statutes, different types and completeness of consent forms requirements, legally acceptable release of confidential medical information including special situations (e.g., mental, drug dependence or AIDS diagnoses), and legal terms utilized within the profession.
Prerequisites: HIT 203, HIT 204, HIT 207, HIT 208, HIT 210, BIO 426
Corequisites: HIT 332, HIT 333 and CIS 106 or CIS 207
This course covers the use of review methodologies required by third party reimbursement agencies to insure that patients receive appropriate medical care. The principles of form design and quality control procedures will be examined. Students will design and create a quality evaluation form, then complete an evaluation of the quality and completeness of inpatient charts and submit a written report with graphs to illustrate and support their findings. An assessment exam of previous HIT courses is given the first week of classes as per accreditation requirements.
Prerequisites: HIT 203, HIT 204, HIT 207, HIT 208, HIT 210, BIO 426
Corequisites: HIT 331, HIT 333 and CIS 106 or CIS 207
This course is a continuation of HIT 207 and covers the historical development and current medical coding systems for diagnoses, procedures, and reimbursement systems. Students will gain entry-level competency in the use of the current ICD-CM coding system by coding inpatient charts and assigning a diagnostic related group (DRG), utilizing an internet based coding program. Students will also complete coding exercises within and outside of the classroom covering the coding of procedures, diagnostic, and therapeutic options applicable to all body systems.
Prerequisites: HIT 203, HIT 204, HIT 205, HIT 207, HIT 208, HIT 210, BIO 426
Corequisites: HIT 331, HIT 332 and CIS 106 or CIS 207
This course is a continuation of HIT 333 in further learning the current ICD-CM coding system and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding system. Students are required to code ambulatory and inpatient charts utilizing the Encoder software to assign a Diagnostic Related Group. Students will be introduced to other coding systems (HCPCS, ICD-CM) and perform in class activities of each coding system. An assessment exam of previous HIT courses is given the first week of classes as per accreditation requirements.
Prerequisites: HIT 331, HIT 332, HIT 333 and CIS 106 or CIS 207
Corequisites: HIT 422, HIT 423, HIT 430 and CIS 206 or CIS 207
This course covers facility and Health Information Management (HIM) department requirements to function legally and properly. Topics include the organization and function of a cancer registry, responsibilities of medical staff committees, the requirements of health care accrediting agencies as related to the HIM department, and additional agencies that impact the department (e.g., Office of Inspector General), and health insurance.
Prerequisites: HIT 331, HIT 332, HIT 333 and CIS 106 or CIS 207
Corequisites: HIT 421, HIT 423, HIT 430 and CIS 206 or CIS 207
This course covers the theories and techniques of management in the HIM profession. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through laboratory exercises and a group project that focuses on a fictional hospital and HIM department that will be presented to the class. An assessment exam of previous HIT courses is given the first week of classes as per accreditation requirements.
Prerequisites: HIT 331, HIT 332, HIT 333 and CIS 106 or CIS 207
Corequisites: HIT 421, HIT 422, HIT 430 and CIS 206 or CIS 207
This is a supervised learning experience in affiliated clinical sites that enables the student to perform health information management (HIM) functions related to all previous HIT courses. The focus of this practice experience is on management and coding functions. Students are required to complete three projects assigned from the practice site.
Prerequisites: HIT 331, HIT 332, HIT 333 and CIS 106 or CIS 207
Corequisites: HIT 421, HIT 422, HIT 423 and CIS 206 or CIS 207