|Course||Course Title||Credit Hours|
|HIT 256||Clinical Affiliation 2||(0-8) 2 Cr. Hrs.|
This course provides practical experience for the student in a Health Information Management/Services department under the supervision of health information management professionals. The student will have an opportunity to observe and interact with health information management professionals in a variety of healthcare facilities at off-campus sites. The student will observe, perform and report on the functions necessary to support health information services.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
(A course to be taken in the same semester as this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Explain the role of the Health Information Management Department within the healthcare facility organization.
- Demonstrate the behavior of a health information management professional in the healthcare facility.
- Collect and maintain health data.
- Conduct analysis to ensure that documentation in the health record supports the diagnosis and reflects the patient's progress, clinical findings, and discharge status.
- Verify timeliness, completeness, accuracy and appropriateness of data and data sources for patient care, management, billing reports, registries and/or databases.
- Monitor and apply organization-wide health record documentation guidelines.
- Apply policies and procedures to ensure organizational compliance with regulations and standards.
- Assist in preparing the organization for accreditation, licensing and/or certification surveys.
- Use and maintain electronic applications and work processes to support clinical classification and coding.
- Apply diagnosis/procedure codes using ICD-9-CM.
- Abstract and maintain data for clinical indices/databases/registries.
- Collect, organize and present data for quality management, utilization management, risk management and other related studies.
- Apply policies and procedures for access and disclosure of personal health record.
- Compile a professional practice procedure manual to reflect the analysis of the health information management functions performed or observed.
- Release patient-specific data to authorized users.
- Apply and promote ethical standard of practice.
- Use technology, including hardware and software, to ensure data collection, storage, analysis, and reporting of information.
- Use specialized software in the completion of HIM processes such as a record tracing, release of information coding, grouping, registries, billing, quality improvement and imaging.
- Apply policies and 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.
- Use appropriate electronic or imaging technology for data/record storage.
- Query and generate reports to facilitate information retrieval.
- Design and generate reports using appropriate software.
- Maintain archival and retrieval systems for patient information stored in multiple formats.
- Coordinate, use and maintain systems for document imaging and storage.
- Apply confidentiality and security measures to protect electronic health information.
- Protect data integrity and validity using software or hardware technology
- Apply departmental and organizational data and information system security policies.
- Use and summarize data compiled from audit trail and data quality monitoring programs.
- Contribute to the design and implementation of risk management, contingency planning, and data recovery procedures.
- Monitor coding and revenue cycle processes.
Note: This course may not be offered every semester.
Please check the HIT section of the current course schedule for availability.