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1 8470 N. Overfield Road Coolidge, AZ Phone: (520) Program Description for the Catalog: The Health Information Technology (HIT) A.A.S. degree program prepares students with the knowledge and technical skills necessary for managing and improving the quality of information within the healthcare delivery system. This degree s focal points are the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) entry-level competencies. The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM); Graduates from this program are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credentialing exam. Effective Term: Fall 2011 Semester Hours: 71 Prerequisites: HS diploma or GED, RDG094, MAT082 Corequisites: None Recommended None Proficiencies: List of Course Requirements for the Catalog: General Education Requirements: (23) Written Communication (3) ENG101 English Composition III (3) OR ENG121 Applied Technical Writing (3) Oral Communications (3) COM100 Fundamentals of Human Communication (3) OR COM206 Public Speaking (3) Arts and Humanities (3) Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)

2 Page 2 of 7 Physical and Biological Sciences (8) BIO201 Human Anatomy - Physiology I (4) AND BIO202 Human Anatomy - Physiology II (4) Mathematics (3) MAT courses numbered 101 (4) or higher Required Courses: (44) HCC111 Healthcare Law and Ethics (2) HPM162 Basic Pharmacology for Health Occupations (3) HPM173 Pathophysiology (3) HIM115 Health Information Technology I (3) HCC116 Medical Terminology Accelerated (3) HIM117 Health Information Technology II (3) HIM138 ICD Coding (3) HIM158 CPT Coding (3) HIM121 Legal Aspects of Health Information (2) HIM160 Health Information Technology Seminar (2) HIM 200 Healthcare Reimbursement (2) HIM 205 Healthcare Statistics and Research (2) HIM210 Supervision and Quality (2) HIM208 Advanced Coding (2) CBA113A MS Excel - Basic (1) HIM215 Health Information Systems (3) CBA114A MS Access - Basic (1) HIM275Q Health Information Technology Practicum (4) Learning Outcome Statements for Program: Other Degree Requirements (4) Physical Education Activity (1), excluding varsity sports Computer Competency (3): CIS120 Reading Competency: RDG094 A grade of "C" or better is required in each course to receive a program A.A.S. degree. Cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Minimum of 20 credits completed at CAC. Upon completion of this program students will be able to demonstrate the learning outcomes for this program at the following proficiency level: I. Health data management competencies A. (Application Level) Demonstrate health data structure, content, and standards for the medical record 1. (Synthesis Level) Collect and maintain health data.

3 Page 3 of 7 2. (Analysis Level) Conduct analysis to ensure documentation in the health record supports the diagnosis and reflects the patient's progress, clinical findings, and discharge status. 3. (Application Level) Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy of health data. 4. (Synthesis Level) Contribute to the definitions for and apply clinical vocabularies and terminologies used in the organization's health information systems. 5. (Synthesis Level) Verify timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data and data sources for patient care, management, billing reports, requisitions, and/or databases. B. Apply healthcare information requirements and standards to the medical record, 1. (Synthesis Level) Monitor and apply organization-wide health record documentation guidelines. 2. (Application Level) Apply policies and procedures to ensure organizational compliance with regulations and standards. 3. (Synthesis Level) Report compliance findings according to organizational policy. 4. (Synthesis Level) Maintain the accuracy and completeness of the patient's record as defined by organizational policy and external regulations and standards. 5. (Synthesis Level) Assist in preparing the organization for accreditation, licensing, and/or certification surveys. C. Demonstrate clinical classification systems when coding healthcare, 1. (Synthesis Level) Use and maintain electronic applications and work processes to support clinical classification and coding. 2. (Application Level) Apply diagnosis/procedure codes using ICD codes. 3. (Application Level) Apply procedure codes using CPT/HCPCS. 4. (Synthesis Level) Ensure accuracy of diagnostic/procedural groupings such as DRG, APC, etc. 5. (Application Level) Adhere to current regulations and established guidelines in code assignment. 6. (Evaluation Level) Validate coding accuracy using clinical information found in the health record. 7. (Synthesis Level) Use and maintain applications and processes to support other clinical classification and nomenclature systems (such as ICD, SNOMED, etc.) 8. (Evaluation Level) Resolve discrepancies between coded data and supporting documentation.

4 Page 4 of 7 D. Demonstrate reimbursement methodologies for healthcare 1. (Application Level) Apply policies and procedures for the use of clinical data required in reimbursement and prospective payment systems (PPS) in healthcare delivery. 2. (Evaluation Level) Support accurate billing through coding, chargemaster, claims management, and bill reconciliation processes. 3. Use established guidelines to comply with reimbursement and reporting requirements such as the National Correct Coding Initiative. 4. Compile patient data and perform data quality reviews to validate code assignment and compliance with reporting requirements such as outpatient prospective payment systems. II. Health statistics, biomedical research, and quality management competencies related to the medical record, A. Apply healthcare statistics and research to the medical record, 1. (Application Level) Apply information system policies and procedures required by national health information initiatives on the healthcare delivery system. 2. Abstract and maintain data for clinical indices/databases/registries. 3. (Synthesis Level) Collect, organize, and present data for quality management, utilization management, risk management, and other related studies. 4. Compute and interpret healthcare statistics. 5. (Application Level) Apply Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes and policies. 6. (Application Level) Use specialized databases to meet specific organization needs such as medical research and disease registries. B. Demonstrate incorporating quality management and performance improvement for the medical records data, 1. (Synthesis Level) Abstract and report data for facility-wide quality management and performance improvement programs. 2. (Analysis Level) Analyze clinical data to identify trends that demonstrate quality, safety, and effectiveness of healthcare. III. Health services organization and delivery competencies, A. Explain the healthcare delivery systems, 1. (Application Level) Apply information system policies and procedures required by national health information initiatives on the healthcare delivery system.

5 Page 5 of 7 2. (Application Level) Apply current laws, accreditation, licensure, and certification standards related to health information initiatives from the national, state, local and facility levels. 3. (Application Level) Apply policies and procedures to comply with the changing regulations among various payment systems for healthcare services such as Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, etc. 4. (Analysis level) Differentiate the roles of the various providers and disciplines throughout the continuum of healthcare. B. Explain healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal, and ethical issues related to the medical record, 1. Participate in the implementation of legal and regulatory requirements related to the health information infrastructure. 2. (Application Level) Apply policies and procedures for access and disclosure of personal health information. 3. (Application Level) Release patient-specific data to authorized users. 4. (Synthesis Level) Maintain user access logs/systems to track access to and disclosure of identifiable patient data. 5. (Synthesis Level) Conduct privacy and confidentiality training programs. 6. (Evaluation level) Investigate and recommend solutions to privacy issues/problems. 7. (Application Level) Apply and promote ethical standards of practice. IV. Information technology and systems competencies in processing the medical record, A. (Application Level) Demonstrate information and communication technologies involved in processing the medical record, 1. (Application Level) Use common software applications such as spreadsheets, databases, word processing, graphics, presentations, , etc., in the execution of work processes. 2. (Application Level) Use specialized software in the completion of HIM processes such as record tracking, release of information, coding, grouping, registries, billing, quality improvement, and imaging. 3. (Application Level) Apply procedures to the use of networks including intranet and internet applications to facilitate the electronic health record (EHR), personal health record (PHR), public health, and other administrative applications. B. Demonstrate data, information, and file structures for the medical record,

6 Page 6 of 7 1. (Application Level) Apply knowledge of data base architecture and design (such as data dictionary, data modeling, data warehousing) to meet departmental needs. C. Demonstrate data storage and retrieval for the medical record, 1. (Application Level) Use appropriate electronic or imaging technology for data/record storage. 2. (Synthesis Level) Query and generate reports to facilitate information retrieval. 3. (Synthesis Level) Design and generate reports using appropriate software. 4. (Synthesis Level) Maintain archival and retrieval systems for patient information stored in multiple formats. 5. (Synthesis Level) Coordinate, use, and maintain systems for document imaging and storage. D. Explain data security for the medical record, 1. (Application Level) Apply confidentiality and security measures to protect electronic health information. 2. (Evaluation Level) Protect data integrity and validity using software or hardware technology. 3. (Application Level) Apply departmental and organizational data and information system security policies. 4. (Synthesis level) Use and summarize data compiled from audit train and data quality monitoring programs. 5. (Synthesis Level) Contribute to the design and implementation of risk management, contingency planning, and data recovery procedures. E. Explain healthcare information systems, 1. (Comprehension Level) Explain how to plan, design, implement, integrate, test, evaluate, and support an organization-wide information system. 2. (Application Level) Use the principles of ergonomics and human factors in work process design. V. Organizational resources competencies to maintain the medical records, A. Describe human resources. 1. (Application Level) Apply the fundamentals of team leadership. 2. (Synthesis Level) Organize and contribute to work teams and committees. 3. (Synthesis Level) Conduct new staff orientation and training programs.

7 Page 7 of 7 4. (Synthesis Level) Conduct continuing education programs. 5. (Synthesis Level) Monitor staffing levels and productivity standards for health information functions and provide feedback to management and staff regarding performance. 6. (Synthesis Level) Communicate benchmark staff performance data. 7. (Application Level) Prioritize job functions and activities. 8. (Synthesis Level) Use quality improvement tools and techniques to monitor, report and improve processes. Standards for Program: B. Describe financial and physical resources, 1. (Synthesis Level) Make recommendations for items to include in budgets and contracts. 2. (Synthesis Level) Monitor and order supplies needed for work processes. 3. (Synthesis Level) Monitor coding and revenue cycle processes. 4. (Synthesis Level) Recommend cost-saving and efficient means of achieving work processes and goals. 5. (Synthesis Level) Contribute to work plans, policies, procedures, and resources requisitions in relation to job functions. The program will meet the competency standards set by the American Management Association competencies for the RHIT exam Revised: January 2011

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