Health Information Management

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Health Information Management professionals work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, ambulatory care, physician offices, rehabilitation centers and health insurance companies and focus on the quality of patient care, the revenue cycle, patient privacy, compliance, information technology and data quality. Successful completion of the Associate of Science degree in Health Information Management prepares students for an entry level position in health information management or for transfer to the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program at Charter Oak State College. The courses are sequenced to build upon one another, and culminate in a practicum which allows the student hands-on experience in the health information field.


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
1.    Apply principles as they relate to healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal and ethical issues.
2.    Interpret and apply health information policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and accreditation agency requirements.
3.    Employ computer-based health information systems while managing existing paper-based health information systems utilizing EMR software.
4.    Compare and contrast reimbursement methodologies and procedure based payment systems such as Resource based Relative Value (RBRV) and Evaluation and Management and Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC).
5.    Evaluate and audit patient records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure.
6.    Apply coding knowledge utilizing coding guidelines from ICD-10, CPT-4 and HCPCS.
7.    Interpret diagnostic based perspective payment groups such as DRG.
8.    Utilize medical coding software and clinical classification systems as they relate to the human body and disease processes.
9.    Identify and discuss healthcare delivery fundamentals and the technology used to gather healthcare information in a variety of settings.
10.    Utilize appropriate terminology including abbreviations related to pathological conditions, diagnostic procedures, surgical interventions, and therapeutic procedures.


CSA* 105 Introduction to Software Applications  3
ENG* 101 Composition  3
MED* 125 Medical Terminology  3
HIM* 102 Introduction to Healthcare Systems  3
BIO* 115 Human Biology with Lab  4
HIM* 201 Health Information Management Principles  3
BIO* 201 Introduction to Pathophysiology  3
HIM* 155 Fundamentals of Clinical Informatics & Electronic Medical Record  3
MAT* 167 Principles of Statistics  3
PSY* 111 General Psychology  3
HIM* 205 Medical Coding  3
MED* 112 Medical Insurance and Billing 3  3
COM* 173 Public Speaking  3
ENG* 102 Literature and Composition  3
MED* 170 Law and Ethics for Health Professionals  3
MED* 250 Principles of Pharmacology  3
HIM* 212 Advanced Medical Coding  4
HIM* 254 HIM Practicum  3
CSC* 231 Database Design I  3
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MAT 137
Arts/Humanities Elective OR
Intermediate Algebra
The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met

Daniel Tauber, M.Ed, CCEMTP, NRP, NCEE, EMS-I
Department Chair, Health Careers and Public Safety Professor and Program Director, Paramedic Program
Room 1009
(860) 906-5153

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