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Health Information Management

If you have an interest in healthcare and information technology, Health Information Management (HIM) may be the right career choice for you. As one of the fastest growing occupations in one of the fastest growing industries, an HIM career places you right where the expanding arena of healthcare meets the cutting edge of technology.  HIM professionals are experts in the field of patient health information and medical records. HIM professional duties can include operating computer information systems, coding diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement, maintaining quality control of health records, and more. These professionals are also the caretakers and guardians of personal health information—ensuring that confidential patient information is secure and released only according to strict state and federal laws.



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Health Information Technology O.E.

Occupational endorsements are programs of study designed to give students intensive training in a specific occupational field.

Typically an occupational endorsement is less than 30 credits, and is not an eligible program for financial aid.

Requirements (2013-2014 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours15
CIOSS105Computer Literacy3
HIMS111Introduction to Health Information Management3
HIMS181HIM Emerging Technologies and Informatics3
HIMS285Healthcare Privacy and Security3
HIMS289Healthcare Information Technology3

Health Information Management Coding Specialist Certificate

Certificates are programs of study designed to prepare students to secure entry-level employment in their chosen field.

Typically a certificate is 30 credits (one year).

Degree Requirements (2013-2014 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours31
General Requirements14
Written Communication Skills
ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3
Science Skills
BIOLS111Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIOLS112Anatomy & Physiology II4
Computer Skills
CIOSS105Computer Literacy3
Program Requirements17
HIMS135Medical Terminology3
HIMS190CPT Coding3
HIMS210ICD-9-CM Coding3
HIMS215Billing and Reimbursement2
HIMS260Data Quality & Reimbursement2
HIMS272Pathophysiology4

Healthcare Privacy and Security Certificate

Certificates are programs of study designed to prepare students to secure entry-level employment in their chosen field.

Typically a certificate is 30 credits (one year).

Degree Requirements (2013-2014 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours30
General Requirements9
Written Communication Skills
ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3
Oral Communication Skills
COMMS111Fundamentals of Oral Communication*3
*Grade C or better
Computer Skills
CIOSS105Computer Literacy3
Program Requirements21
HIMS111Introduction to Health Information Management3
HIMS160Alternative Delivery Systems3
HIMS181Emerging Technologies and Informatics3
HIMS240Legal Aspects of Health Information3
HIMS251Healthcare Quality Improvement and Project Management3
HIMS285Healthcare Privacy and Security3
HIMS289Healthcare Information Technology3

Associate of Applied Science: Health Information Management

Associate degree programs are areas of study designed to prepare students academically for admission to a bachelor degree program.

Typically an associate degree program is 60 credits (two years).

The Health Information Management (HIM) A.A.S. degree program requires a minimum of sixty (60) semester credit hours. Graduation should occur within five (5) years from the date of enrollment or HIM professional courses may have to be repeated. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all courses.

Degree Requirements (2013-2014 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours60
General Education Requirements20
Written Communication Skills
ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3
Select one from the following (3 credits)
ENGLS211Intermediate Composition: Writing about Literature3
ENGLS212Technical Report Writing3
Oral Communication Skills
Select one from the following (3 credits)
COMMS111Fundamentals of Oral Communication*3
COMMS235Small Group Communication and Team Building*3
COMMS237Interpersonal Communication*3
COMMS241Public Speaking*3
*Grade C or better
Other Skills
BIOLS111Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOLS112Anatomy and Physiology II4
___S__GER Elective*3
*Natural sciences, mathematics, or social sciences
Major Requirements40
CIOSS105Computer Literacy3
HIMS111Introduction to Health Information Management3
HIMS135Medical Terminology3
HIMS160Alternative Delivery Systems3
HIMS181HIM Emerging Technologies and Informatics3
HIMS190CPT Coding3
HIMS210ICD-9-CM Coding3
HIMS215Billing and Reimbursement2
HIMS240Legal Aspects of Health Information3
HIMS251Quality Improvement and Project Management3
HIMS260Data Quality and Reimbursement2
HIMS272Pathophysiology4
HIMS280Health Care Management3
HIMS291Internship in Healthcare Management2

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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HIM Classes: Fall - 2014


An overview of health care systems and the health information management profession. Introduces data collection standards and data quality methods, forms design, patient record automation and control procedures, and health care statistics. Presents the uses of record content in reimbursement, risk management, and planning. Professional Practice Experience: Students use a virtual electronic health record environment to gain hands-on experience in the use of health information technology.

Co-requisite: HIM 135.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80737TD1Leslie Gordon
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
5:00p - 6:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Web-based, real time online meetings. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with the instructor via email and phone. Additional information available at UAS Online. Order textbooks from MSB Direct: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your class.

Tuition and fees: $586 (additional charges may apply)

An introduction to root forms, prefixes and suffixes, and medical abbreviations. Focus is on terminology of body systems related to symptomatology, diseases and treatment.

Prerequisite: Placement at ENGL S110 or higher.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80738TD1Ruthie Dearborn
DISTWEB
Tuesday
5:00p - 6:00p
9/2 - 12/13

This course is a stacked hybrid class with local Sitka students. Students participate in real time online meetings scheduled. Go to: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your class. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm.

Tuition and fees: $586 (additional charges may apply)

Introduces the use of electronic records and resources in today's health care environment. Presents an overview of automated health information management functions and emerging technologies. Examines the use of electronic health records and the impact of privacy and security concerns.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80739TD1Rose Goeden
DISTELIVE
Thursday
5:00p - 6:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $586 (additional charges may apply)

HIM 190
3 CR

Focus on HCPCS/CPT ambulatory care coding. Overview of fraud and abuse regulations as they pertain to coding and billing. Professional practice experience: observe coding and billing at an ambulatory care setting (minimum 6 hours).

Prerequisite: BIOL S111 and admission to HIM program or departmental permission. Corequisite: HIM S135 and BIOL S112.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80741TD1Martha Wade
DISTELIVE
Monday
5:00p - 6:30p
9/2 - 12/13

Students need to order testbooks materials from American Medical Association. Information on materials is pending for updates and are not available until June 1. Go to: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your class.

Tuition and fees: $598 (additional charges may apply)

Introduction to total quality management and improvement including history, philosophy, definitions, and tools. Explores performance improvement through review of case studies, with an overview of the historical development of case management. Introduces project management as related to HIM and implementation of electronic health information.

Prerequisite: HIM S111 and admission to HIM program.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80742TD1Kathryn Kunemund
DISTWEB
Tuesday
6:00p - 7:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Order textbooks from MBS Direct: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your class.

Tuition and fees: $586 (additional charges may apply)

HIM 272
4 CR

Introduces basic concepts underlying various pathological processes. Students draw on their knowledge of normal anatomy and physiology to understand how pathogenesis of disease occurs. Discussion of diseases, diagnostic process testing, and treatment options. Introduces drug terminology, administration, toxicity, vocabulary, standards and references. This course may not meet requirements for nursing programs.

Prerequisite: BIOL S111 and S112. Corequisite: HIM/HS S135 or permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80743TD1Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Contact with instructor via email and phone. Additional information available on UAS Online. Order textbooks from MBS Direct:http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your class.

Tuition and fees: $768 (additional charges may apply)

Concepts of management including management functions. A case study approach is employed to discuss responses to a variety of management functions through the use of guest speakers. Evaluation will be based on class participation, oral presentations, and completion of case studies.

Prerequisite: Completion of all lower level HIM courses. Corequisite: HIM S291

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80744TD1Susie Feero
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
5:00p - 6:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Order textbooks from MBS Direct: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your class.

Tuition and fees: $586 (additional charges may apply)

An in-depth review of federal and state regulations and laws pertaining to the privacy and security of Protected Health Information (PHI)in all formats (paper/electronic). Students will practice skills through a virtual electronic health record system.

Prerequisite: HIM S240.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80745TD2Susie Feero
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
5:00p - 5:59p
9/2 - 12/13

Order textbooks from MBS Direct: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your class.

Tuition and fees: $586 (additional charges may apply)

An overview of the clinical, research, and administrative applications of computers in the health care industry. Emphasizes the role of this technology and the data collected in accomplishing the objectives and procedures of the principle functional areas, and the interrelationships of the organizational units with respect to data acquisition, storage, analysis, retrieval, and use.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80617TD1Leslie Gordon
DISTELIVE
11/3 - 2/20

Order textbooks from MBS Direct: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your class.

Tuition and fees: $586 (additional charges may apply)

Eighty clock hours of professional internship in an assigned health care setting. Application of operational management theory for a health information service. Orientation to all aspects of practice as a health information manager. Completion of management projects designed jointly by student and clinical supervisor. Student writes project report and site evaluation.

Prerequisite: HIM S280 (may be taken concurrently).

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80746TD1Leslie Gordon
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
5:00p - 6:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $404 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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