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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.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours15
HIMS101Introduction to Health Information Management I3
HIMS102Introduction to Health Information Management II3
HIMS181Introduction to Healthcare Systems3
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 (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours30
General Requirements11
Program Requirements19

General Requirements

Written Communication Skills

ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3

Science Skills

BIOLS111Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIOLS112Anatomy & Physiology II4

Program Requirements

HIMS135Medical Terminology3
HIMS155Coding I3
HIMS255Coding II3
HIMS258Coding III3
HIMS261Revenue and Financial Management in Healthcare3
HIMS272Pathophysiology and Pharmacology4

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 (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours30
General Requirements9
Program Requirements21

General Requirements

Written Communication Skills

ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3

Oral Communication Skills

COMMS111Fundamentals of Oral Communication*3
* Grade of C (2.00) or better

Computer Skills

CISS105Computer Literacy3

Program Requirements

HIMS101Introduction to Health Information Management I3
HIMS102Introduction to Health Information Management II3
HIMS181Introduction to Healthcare Systems3
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).

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours63
General Education Requirements17
Major Requirements46

General Education Requirements

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 of C (2.00) or better

Other Skills

BIOLS111Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOLS112Anatomy and Physiology II4

Major Requirements

HIMS101Introduction to Health Information Management I3
HIMS102Introduction to Health Information Management II3
HIMS116Quantitative Methods in Healthcare*3
HIMS135Medical Terminology3
HIMS155Coding I3
HIMS181Introduction to Healthcare Systems3
HIMS240Legal Aspects of Health Information3
HIMS251Quality Improvement and Project Management3
HIMS255Coding II3
HIMS258Coding III3
HIMS261Revenue and Financial Management for Healthcare3
HIMS272Pathophysiology and Pharmacology4
HIMS280Health Care Management3
HIMS281RHIT Exam Prep3
HIMS289Healthcare Information Technology3
HIMS291Internship in Healthcare Management2
* Students going on to a Bachelor's degree are advised to take MATH S105 in place of HIM S116.

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 - 2015


An overview of health care systems and the health information management profession. Introduces classification systems, health record content and documentation, data governance and management, and secondary data sources. Presents information protection, access disclosure, archival, privacy and security. Introduces informatics, analytics and data use, including health information technologies, information management strategic planning, decision support, health care statistics, research methods, consumer informatics, health information exchange and information integrity and data quality.

Prerequisite: Admission to any HIM program.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
78962TD1Susie Feero
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
5:00p - 6:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

An overview of health care systems and the health information management profession. Introduces revenue management and reimbursement. Explores compliance in relation to regulatory, coding, fraud surveillance, and clinical documentation improvement. Introduces leadership roles, change management, work design and process improvement, human resource management, training and development, strategic and organizational management, financial management, ethics, project management, vendor management and enterprise information management.

Prerequisite: Admission to any HIM program.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
78963TD1Leslie Gordon
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:01p - 7:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

Focused coverage of computational skills in health information management related to administrative and financial functions, including arithmetic review, percentages, interest, ratio, proportion, unit factors, graphs, descriptive and inferential statistics that are unique to HIM. This course is applicable only to the Health Information Management AAS degree.

Prerequisite: Placement into MATH S055 or higher.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79423TD1Patricia Brower
DISTWEB
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $630 (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
78703TD1Ruthie Dearborn
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
5:00p - 6:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start/ to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

Introduction to outpatient coding diagnoses and procedures, sequencing, coding conventions, and software. Overview of fraud and abuse regulations as they pertain to coding and billing. Focus on HCPCS/CPT, ICD, ambulatory care coding including coding guidelines and sequencing.

Prerequisite: BIOL S111 and HIM S135 and admission to any HIM program, or departmental permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
78964TD1Martha Wade
DISTELIVE
Monday
5:00p - 6:30p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $570 (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
78704TD1Susie Feero
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 7:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start/ to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

Review of legal implications of health records and related legal issues including the patient record as a legal document. Examination of emerging laws and legal trends impacting the management of health care information. Introduction to risk management and the role of the HIM professional as compliance and privacy officer. Students attend a court hearing and complete a project on the impact of recent regulatory laws on healthcare settings.

Prerequisite: HIM S111 and admission to HIM degree program.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79293TD1Rose Goeden
DISTELIVE
Monday
5:00p - 6:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $630 (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
80011TD1Leslie Gordon
DISTWEB
8/31 - 12/12

Directed study for: Elise Weber

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

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
78716TD1Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Thursday
4:00p - 6:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Contact with instructor via Email, Internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800.478.6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start/ to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $760 (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
78717TD1Susie Feero
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:01p - 7:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

Provides a review of AHIMA skills needed to prepare for the Registered Health information Technician (RHIT) credential examination.

Prerequisite: Completion of all HIM lower level program with C or higher, or concurrent enrollment.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79294TD1Rose Goeden
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:01p - 7:00p
10/5 - 11/8

Tuition and fees: $210 (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
78718TD1Rose Goeden
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
5:00p - 6:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start/ to get started in your distance class. Order books from MBS Direct.

Tuition and fees: $630 (additional charges may apply)

Seventy-five 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
78721TD1Leslie Gordon
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:01p - 7:00p
8/31 - 10/4

Tuition and fees: $380 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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