Course Descriptions

HIMA 3301—Reimbursement Methodology & Revenue Cycle
Identify processes and review strategies to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the revenue cycle.  Investigate each phase of this process to identify areas needing improvement and techniques to improve cash flow. The student will explore various types of health plans and payers, which exist and how these programs provide reimbursement. Areas reviewed include the structure of reimbursement, chargemasters, revenue cycle management, and how reimbursement is executed from the viewpoints of the employer, consumer, and provider.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

HIMA 3302—Health Data Management
A study of health care data, its collection, analysis, and uses with emphasis on infrastructure and regulatory requirements to support electronic health records.  An overview of informatics and methods of applying information technology to health information management functions, including storage, management, use, and reporting of health care data.  Also included are data sets, data sources, and data capture tools as well as secondary records and data standards.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

HIMA 3303—Epidemiology
An introduction to epidemiology, with an emphasis on understanding the general field of epidemiology and its main applications to society.  Course instruction is based on lectures and discussions reviewing the basics of epidemiological analysis of disease and intervention, the ways that the field of epidemiology can uncover causes of diseases, and the application of epidemiology to disease evaluation and health policy.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

HIMA 3304—Management of Information Systems
This course will allow students to apply computer technology and information concepts to the decision making process in the health care environment.  Acquisition of systems, systems analysis life cycle, design, implementation, and evaluation will be explored along with issues relating to system security.  Systems found in health care will be reviewed as will problems, limitations and future trends.  The roles of administrator, clinician, and information manager within health care of various systems will be examined.  Database architecture and design with interface design will be studied.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

HIMA 3305—Regulatory Standards & Accreditation
Addresses the regulatory standards for documentation of various agencies for acute care, rehabilitation, skilled nursing and other types of facilities.  Also covers standards for records and data transmission from such external agencies such as ANSI, HL-7, ASTM, HIPAA, and others.  Reviews accreditation standards as well as licensure requirements for acute care, rehab, state health, and others.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

HIMA 3306—Statistics
This course provides an introduction to research methodology and principles using methods of statistical analysis on healthcare data.  Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, data reporting and presentation, and use of computerized statistical packages.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

HIMA 3307—Networking & Security
This course addresses the concepts of health information data and exchange along networks. Data sharing internal and external to the facility as well as network exchange to other federal, state, and national initiatives such as National Health Information Network (NHIN) will be discussed.  Security of patient data along networks will be examined as this relates to HIPAA and HITECH and identity theft.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

HIMA 3308—Human Resource Management
A study of principles and policies of personnel administration including interviewing, evaluating, employment laws, and performance standards.  Workforce trends and market analysis as well as organizational assessment and benchmarking will be considered. Management principles, change management, communication, team building, and problem solving will be surveyed.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

HIMA 3309—Finance & Fiscal Management
An introduction to accounting principles, with an emphasis on budget processes, healthcare finance, cost effectiveness, and cost/benefit analysis. Case mix analysis, bond ratings, investments, and capitalization will be studied.  This course includes financial statements, analysis and control, management of capital, and decision analysis.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

HIMA 3310—Research & Evaluation
An introduction to research methods and practical investigation for the student to learn and develop skills to critique and conduct studies in health information management areas. A foundation is obtained in basic types of studies where the student develops a project proposal including selecting the topic, developing the problem statement or definition, and the rationale for the project.  The framework for the literature review is outlined and submitted for approval by the department faculty.  (3 Credits, Clinic)

HIMA 4301—Advanced Legal
Review of laws and administration as it applies to healthcare settings.  Emphasis is on recent legislation and on electronic health records. Also discussed are legal health records, record amendments, confidential communications in the electronic setting, release of information, consents, authorizations, and risk management.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

HIMA 4302—Quality Management & Outcomes Assessment
Assesses outcomes research activities, focuses on leadership in implementing outcomes assessment projects/programs within healthcare organization and systems. Investigates initiatives which impact outcomes and activities on patients and how data are integrated to improve patient care effectively. Theories of quality, models, workflow re-design, and outcome measurement will be addressed.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

HIMA 4303—Internship with Current Trends in Healthcare
Two hours of lecture within this course (fifteen weeks of a two hour lecture course) will include a study of the latest trends in healthcare.  Within this study, students will learn the latest trends in U.S. healthcare delivery and organization of healthcare systems.  National health initiatives will be examined as applicable to health information policies and systems.  The structure and operation of healthcare organizations such as e-health delivery will be explored with a focus on how the electronic health record impacts overall operations for a healthcare facility from perspectives of clinical, administrative, and the patient. The remaining hour of this course will be considered a lab hour of 3:1 ratio where the student will perform hands-on professional practice for a total of 45 clock hours.  This is a supervised management experience and training within a healthcare or related setting. The student will participate in administrative, management, and problem-solving activities.  (3 Credits, Clinic)

HIMA 4401—Capstone Project
Using the framework from the Research & Evaluation course, the literature review requires reading, thinking, and writing within the selected HIM topic.  This will allow the student to develop the project using research design methods and knowledge-based research techniques.  The completed project will be submitted to the department for final approval.  (3 Credits, Clinic)