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Health Information Management

Health Information Management 

~ Associate in Applied Science Degree ~
 

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics
and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
Accreditation Services c/o AHIMA
233 N. Michigan Ave, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800
www.cahiim.org


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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Health Information Management combines the growing area of health care with the cutting edge of technology.  Health Information Technicians are an integral part of the healthcare team and are responsible for maintaining patient records by observing confidentiality, integrity and security.  HIM professionals serve the healthcare industry and public by ensuring physicians, healthcare organizations and patients have access to the right healthcare information when and where it is needed.

The mission of the Health Information Management (HIM) program at KVCC is to provide the necessary educational opportunities and experiences to prepare students for certification and practice as Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). With the combined efforts of clinical affiliations, the HIM program offers an opportunity for students to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to attain an AAS degree and eligibility for the RHIT credential.

 

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Click here for a checklist of requirements for KVCC's Health information Management Program: http://www.kvcc.me.edu/Pages/Admission-Sheets/allied-health-programs#HIT

Applicants should be aware that a criminal background check may be required while they are enrolled in the program, or as a condition of employment in the field; certain internship and/or practicum sites, such as health care facilities, may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record, and certain licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice based upon prior or current criminal offense(s). To learn more about whether the program or profession in which you are interested has such requirements or limitations, please see the Department Chair.

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the Health Information Management program, the graduate is expected to:

  1. Comply with the professional code of ethics of AHIMA and maintain effective professional conduct at all times.
  2. Be prepared for certification for the RHIT credential.
  3. Demonstrate the entry level skills as outlined in the Domains, Subdomains, and Tasks of AHIMA.
  4. Demonstrate clear and effective communication skills, critical thinking, and problem solving within their scope of practice.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Hospital Home Health Care Agencies Law Firms
Clinics Mental Health Facilities Physicians' Offices
Nursing Homes Health Maintenance Organizations Software Companies
Consulting Firms Private Insurance Companies

CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION

Students must complete 68 credits in the Health Information Management program and achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all courses. Students must attain a final GPA of 2.0 or higher. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credentialing examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association.

FIRST SEMESTER HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT - ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE CREDIT HOURS
BIO213 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CPT117 Software Applications I 3
ENG101 College Composition 3
HIT101 Intro. to Health Information Technology 3
MAS121 Medical Terminology 3
MAT113 Elements of Mathematics 3
SECOND SEMESTER   CREDIT HOURS
BIO214 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
COM104 or COM105

Introduction to Communications or 
Interpersonal Communications

3
HIT132 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues 3
HIT136 Introduction to Coding and Classification 3
HIT138 Revenue Cycle and Reimbursement Systems 3
THIRD SEMESTER   CREDIT HOURS
BIO216 Pathophysiology & Principles of Pharmacology for the Health Professional 3
HIT 210 Management Concepts for Health Care Organizations 3
HIT211 Health Data Collection 3
HIT212 Quality Improvement 3
HIT201 ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding & Classification Systems 4
FOURTH SEMESTER   CREDIT HOURS
HIT222 CPT-4 Coding 4
HIT243 Directed Practice II 4
HIT245 Seminar in Health Information Technology 3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3
______ Fine Arts/Humanities /Soc. Science Elective 3
  TOTAL CREDITS 68

 Description

This certificate has been designed for individuals currently working in the health care field who need to upgrade their coding skills for advancement or certification. ICD-9-CM and CPT coding concepts and guidelines are taught, including computer applications, legal and ethical issues related to coding, and data management skills. All applicants must supply a letter from their employer supporting the need for these courses or a letter describing how this certificate will assist them in their current job. All applications must be approved by the Program Director of the Health Information Technology program. The program is also fully integrated into the Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology for those students who wish to continue their studies.

Educational Outcomes

 Upon successful completion of the Medical Coding certificate the graduate is expected to:

  1. Demonstrate entry level skills in coding with ICD-9-CM and CPT.
  2. Describe the relationship between coding and reimbursement in health care.
  3. Demonstrate professional behaviors in the work place including patient confidentiality and professional ethics.
  4. Demonstrate clear and effective communication skills, critical thinking, and problem solving within their scope of practice.
  5. Participate in activities that foster professional growth and continued competence.
     

Career Opportunities

 This is a high-demand occupation for which recruitment bonuses are often offered. Medical Coding remains one of the fastest growing professions in today’s allied health fields. The work performed by these professionals requires attention to detail, organization, patient confidentiality, and good communication skills. Employment opportunities are available in hospitals, physicians’ offices, outpatient facilities, and other facilities such as home health and long term care.

Criteria For Graduation

 Students must complete 34 credits in the Medical Coding Certificate Program, achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all courses, and attain a final GPA of 2.0 or higher. Pre-requisite: Biology Lab.

 

FIRST SEMESTER MEDICAL CODING - CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS
BIO213 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MAS121 Medical Terminology 3
SECOND SEMESTER   CREDIT HOURS
BIO214 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CPT117 Software Applications I 3
HIT136 Introduction to Coding and Classification 3
THIRD SEMESTER   CREDIT HOURS
BIO216 Pathophysiology & Principles of Pharmacology for the Health Professional 3
HIT201 ICD-9-CM Coding and Classification Systems 4
MAT113 Elements of Mathematics 3
FOURTH SEMESTER   CREDIT HOURS
COM104 Introduction to Communication 3
HIT222 CPT-4 Coding 4
  TOTAL CREDITS 34

 

 
 


 Program Contact

Rhonda Harvey
(207) 453-5156
rharvey@kvcc.me.edu
 

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