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HIT 101 Introduction to Health Information Technology (3 credits)

This course introduces the student to record-keeping practices in hospitals and physician offices. Emphasis will be placed on information management functions, including both manual and electronic record systems. Students will also study the history of the profession and professional ethics. Hospital and medical staff organization, patient record content, forms control and design, and regulatory and accrediting standards will also be covered. Students are expected to possess some basic computer skills. Three hours lecture and one hour laboratory.

HIT 102 Legal Aspects of Health Information (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the legal and regulatory requirements for the maintenance, retention, and dissemination of health information and the role of medical documentation in legal proceedings. Major topics include: federal, state and JCAHO regulations; facility bylaws rules and regulations; the federal and state legal system; authorizations and consents, release of information, concepts of liability; civil procedures; and the role of risk management.

HIT 103 Health Information Systems in Non-Hospital Settings (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to information systems in various facilities other than hospitals. Health information requirements and functions in both manual and electronic systems will be covered. The course will also address documentation and processes for reimbursement, regulations, and accrediting standards. Prerequisite: HIT 101 or Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: HIT 102 and 223.

HIT 110 Coding and Classification Systems I (3 credits)

This course is designed to familiarize the student with coding and classification systems used in health information management. Emphasis will be on outpatient coding, classification, and reimbursement systems including CPT, HCPCS, APG's, and RBRVS. Students will become familiar with both manual and automated systems. Prerequisite: HIT 101, BIO 171 or Permission of Instructor. Spring semesters only.

HIT 120 Medical Terminology (3 credits)

This course will provide a detailed study of the meaning of medical terms that relate to medical science and human anatomy. Medical specialties including pathology, radiology, and pharmacology, as well as abbreviations used in the health care field, will be covered. In addition to definitions, pronunciation and spelling will be emphasized.

HIT 121 Medical Transcription I (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce and familiarize the student with the transcription of health care documentation using electronic technology. Topics include careers, equipment and the ethical and legal responsibilities of the medical transcriptionist. Students apply grammar, punctuation, medical terminology and word processing skills to transcribe basic medical documents for various settings. Prerequisite: BUS 153 or equivalent, or placement in ENG 103; co-requisite: HIT 120 or Permission of Instructor.

HIT 201 Health Statistics and Reporting (3 credits)

The course reviews descriptive and vital statistics, reporting requirements, definitions and formulas for computing hospital and public health statistics. It will include the management of health information in relation to data collection, analysis and presentation. Topics will include the collection, analysis and display of data for quality assurance, utilization review, risk management and reimbursement. Prerequisites: HIT 101 and HIT 103 (and MAT 087, if required). Fall semesters only.

HIT 202 Management of Health Information Service (3 credits)

This course introduces the student to the management functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. Human resource management and work flow will also be covered. In addition to health information management services, the functions of quality and utilization management, as well as organizational compliance, will be addressed. Prerequisites: HIT 102, 201, and 210.

HIT 205 Computer Applications in Health Information Management (3 credits)

This course is designed to familiarize the student with computer applications use in health information. Emphasis will be placed on the development, use, and maintenance of electronic health records. Other topics covered include the various applications used in health information management. Importance and methods for confidentiality and security systems will also be addressed. Prerequisites: HIT 201 and 210.

HIT 210 Coding and Classification Systems II (4 credits)

This course is a continuation of HIT 110. It is designed to familiarize the student with coding and classification systems used in health information management. Emphasis will be on Inpatient coding, classification, and utilizing ICD-9-CM. Reimbursement systems including DRG's, negotiated rates and capitated payments will be discussed. Students will become familiar with both manual and automated systems. Student cost for required texts for this course is approximately $150. Class consists of three hours of lecture and two laboratory hours. Prerequisite: HIT 110 or Permission of Instructor; co-requisite: BIO 221. Fall semesters only.

HIT 212 ICD-10-CM/PCS (4 credits)

This course focuses on the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS classification systems. The course will introduce students to the professional standards for coding and reporting of diagnostic inpatient and outpatient services and inpatient procedure services. Coding characteristics, conventions, and guidelines will be applied in identifying and accurately assigning codes to diseases, conditions, and procedures. Health records, manual and computerized coding methods, and coding references will be utilized in the coding process. Class consists of three hours of lecture and two laboratory hours. Prerequisite: BIO-171, BIO-172. Co-requisite: BIO-221.

HIT 215 Healthcare Reimbursement (3 credits)

This course is the study of the principles and practice of insurance and reimbursement processing. It includes the assignment and reporting of codes for diagnoses and procedures/services. The completion of UB-04 and CMS-1500 claims for inpatient, outpatient, emergency department, and physician office encounters will be covered. Inpatient and outpatient cases will be reviewed to identify issues of fraud and abuse. Prospective payment systems and revenue cycle management will be included. Prerequisites: HIT 110, HIT 210.

HIT 221 Medical Transcription II (3 credits)

This course is a continuation of Medical Transcription I (HIT 121) and is designed to develop more advanced transcription skills. Medical Transcripition II improves a student's capacity to transcribe medical reports for a broad range of clinical disciplines. Students enhance their understanding of medical and anatomical terminology. The development of medicolegal reports and medical committee minutes are also covered. Prerequisite: HIT 121.

HIT 223 Professional Practices Experience I (1 credit)

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to observe health information departments and systems in non-hospital settings. Students are assigned on a rotating basis to a variety of health related sites, including health regulatory agencies, ambulatory care, long-term care and other non-hospital facilities for a total of 40 hours. Co-requisites: HIT 101, HIT 103. Spring semesters only.

HIT 225 Supervised Professional Practices II (3 credits)

Students in the health information technology program are required to complete a clinical practicum at the technical level. The main purpose of this practicum is to integrate the didactic (lecture) component with the clinical (practice) components. Students will utilize the knowledge they have gained from the classroom lectures and laboratory experiences in the clinical setting. Each student will spend 15 days (120 hrs.) in a health care facility. The student is responsible for the arrangement and costs of transportation to and from the clinical site. Prerequisites: HIT 101, HIT 102, HIT 110, and HIT 223; co-requisite: HIT 210.

HIT 227 Supervised Professional Practices III (3 credits)

This course is a continuation of HIT 225 and is designed to give students practical experience in health information management and supervisory issues. Students will utilize the knowledge they have gained from the classroom lectures and laboratory experiences in the clinical setting. Each student will spend 15 days (120 hrs.) in a health care facility. The student is responsible for the arrangement and costs of transportation to and from the clinical site. Prerequisite: HIT 225; co-requisites: HIT 202 and 205.

HIT 230 Advanced Seminar in Health Information Technology (1 credit)

This course is designed to review and integrate previous HIT courses and clinical experiences. Exploration of career opportunities, preparation of resume, job search and interviewing for positions in health information technology will also be covered. This consists of a three-hour lecture which meets for five weeks. Co-requisite: HIT 227.