Health Information Management

HIM 100      Introduction to Health Information Management (3)
Introduction to the health information field and professional ethics. Regulatory certification and licensure requirements for the content and maintenance of hospital health records. Common healthcare statistics related to hospital and physician performance. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 111      Medical Terminology (3)
The language of medicine including Latin/Greek prefixes, suffixes and root words.  Diagnostic and procedural terms will be included.  Minimum C grade required for HIM majors.

HIM 212      Pathophysiology for Health Information Management (3)
A study of major disease processes including their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.  Students will learn which diagnostic tests are used as well as the appropriate surgical techniques.  Basic pharmacology and the most commonly used drugs will be discussed. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 305      Inpatient Coding and Classification (3)
Coding and classification schemes used for hospital inpatients will be discussed.  Special emphasis will be placed on the International Classification of Disease-10th-Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and International Classification of Disease-10th-Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS).  ICD-9CM will be discussed as legacy. Prerequisites: HIM 100,111,212 and BIO 115 and 116 (or BIO 215T/L or BIO 216T/L). Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 306      Outpatient Coding and Classification (3)Coding and classification schemes used for outpatients in hospitals, ambulatory care centers and physician offices will be discussed.  Special emphasis will be placed on Current Procedural Terminology, 4th edition (CPT-4), and reimbursement classifications. Prerequisites: HIM 111, BIO 115, BIO 116 (or equivalent). Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment.

HIM 309      Legal Aspects of Health Information (3)
Overview of the legal system, civil procedure, rules of evidence, tort law, corporation law, contracts, and antitrust laws. Discussion of specific laws related to health information such as patient consent, the legal health record, privacy, security, access, disclosure, release of information, required reporting, risk management, quality improvement, corporate compliance, medical staff, and worker-related issues. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 313      Management for the Health Professions (3)
Introduces students to six basic management functions (planning, organizing, staffing, directing, controlling and decision making) in the context of health care such as hospitals, long term care facilities and other health related organizations. Concepts of management and management responsibilities (such as ethics, leadership and motivation) are related to selected functions. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 330      Databases in Health Information Management (3)
Practical approaches to topics of data modeling, databases, and data warehousing. Use of database management software to store health care data. Study of query techniques for data definition, manipulation, control, and presentation. Investigation of data quality, data stewardship, and database administration in health information management. Pre/corequisite: CSC 111C. Minimum grade of C.

HIM 392      Professional Practice Experience I – Technical (3)
The student will complete a three-week practicum in a hospital health information management services area.  Students will practice technical skills learned during the first year of the health information management curriculum.  (Note: Students who transfer from a health information technology program will transfer the equivalent of this course.)  Prerequisites:  HIM 100, HIM 305, HIM 306, HIM 309, BIO 115 or BIO 215T/L, BIO 116 or BIO 216T/L, matriculated status in the SUNY Polytechnic Institute HIM program. Permission of Instructor Required. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 400      Non-Hospital Health Information Management Systems (3)
Non-hospital health care settings offer exciting employment alternatives for health information managers.  Included in this course will be a study of health information systems for psychiatric, ambulatory, hospice, developmental, occupational, long term, home health, correctional, and veterinary care facilities.  In addition, cancer and trauma registries will be covered.  Prerequisites: HIM 392. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 401      Quality Improvement in Health Information Management (3)
Overview of quality assessment and improvement methods in health information management. Application of tools for defining, measuring, analyzing, controlling, and benchmarking quality. Consideration of the effects of health information technology and other factors on the quality of health care. Prerequisites: HIM 100, STA 100. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 403      Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
Preventing the incidence of disease requires an understanding of the risk factors associated with its cause. This course will provide a foundation for understanding the dynamics of health and disease in society, and impart a grasp of the fundamentals of epidemiology. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors. Pre/corequisite: CSC 111C

HIM 425      Research in Health Information Management (3)
Examines the environment for health and medical research in the United States, including the protection of human subjects. Provides an overview of the HIPAA privacy and security rules as they pertain to research. Identifies the major research methods. Uses a case study approach to prepare students to conduct analysis of primary research data and research-oriented secondary data using statistical software. Prerequisites: HIM 305, HIM 309, HIM 330, and STA 100. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 435      Health Information Systems (3)
Exposes healthcare managers to areas where information systems can assist in the direct care of the patient and in the management of healthcare settings. Emphasis will be placed on how to evaluate systems, the unique problems in the healthcare environment, and strategies for minimizing problems. Prerequisites: HIM 100 and HIM 330. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 440      Health Informatics Concepts (3)
Overview of the information technologies needed to manage patient information in health care facilities and between health-related organizations. Discusses data structures (including clinical classifications, vocabularies, and terminologies), national/international standards, federal laws/regulations, legal requirements, clinical decision support, data-mining applications, privacy and security, needs of consumers, public health needs, and emerging technologies. Prerequisites: HIM 305, HIM 306, HIM 330. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 445      Healthcare Reimbursement (3)
Overview of payment systems for voluntary healthcare insurance plans, government-sponsored healthcare programs, managed care plans, hospital inpatients, ambulatory care patients, and post-acute care patients. Also includes revenue cycle management, the importance of clinical coding compliance, and value-based purchasing. Prerequisites: CSC 111C, HIM 305, HIM 306, HIM 400 and STA 100. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 450      Health Information Services Management (3)
Department management technique for health information management.  Applications of systems analysis, computer science, budgeting, personnel management, and plant layout for the health information manager. Prerequisites: HIM 400, MGT 318. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 490      Selected Topics in Health Information Management (Variable 1-4)
Courses offered as Selected Topics in Health Information Management supplement regularly offered courses.  Such courses enhance the student’s general knowledge of Health Information Management topics. Minimum grade of C required for HIM majors.

HIM 491      Independent Study (Variable 1‑4)
Extensive study and research on a particular topic of student interest under the supervision of a faculty member.  The student is required to submit a written proposal which includes a description of the project, its duration, education goals, method of evaluation, and number of credits to be earned.  Prerequisites:  Matriculated students in HIM program only, permission of instructor and dean of subject area. Minimum grade of C required.

HIM 493      Senior Seminar (2)
Final summary course with discussion of current events in the health information management field and preparation to enter the job market.  Includes a final comprehensive examination on the curriculum (a mock certification examination for the registered health information administrator).  Pre/Corequisite: HIM 450. Permission of HIM Coordinator Required. Minimum C grade required for HIM majors.

HIM 495      Professional Practice Experience III – Management (3)
Completion of a three-week experience in health information management services area of a type of health- related organization of the student’s choice. Students will apply management skills learned in the health information management curriculum and they will complete at least one management-level project for the organization. Co-requisites: completion of or concurrent enrollment in HIM 450 and HIM 440. Prerequisite: Matriculated status in the SUNY Polytechnic Institute HIM program. Minimum C grade required.