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HCM 110 Health Care Delivery Systems

Provides an overview of the health care system in the United States with emphasis on the types of providers and the role that accrediting and licensing bodies play in the delivery of health care. The course focuses on the unique characteristics of health care delivery, and discusses the major issues and challenges that impact the cost, quality, and access to health care. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical context; how the U.S. health care system developed; and the significant policies that regulate health care organizations, providers, payors, and populations. Students are introduced also to general technology, financial, reimbursement, legal, and strategic planning issues that are essential to managing in the health care environment. (3)

HCM 140 Health Care Statistics
Introduces the student to basic statistical principles and calculations as applied in the health care environment. This course focuses on procedures for collecting and reporting vital statistics and basic quality control population statistics. In addition, students will learn the fundamentals of displaying statistical information using a variety of graphs and charts. The course uses active- and inquiry-learning techniques in which students solve problems each week. (3)

HCM 220 Quality Management in Health Care
Focuses on how to operate and manage a health care organization with the specific purpose of improving the operational efficiencies and the quality of patient care. Students will become familiar with the intricacies of managing different types of health care organizations. The course will evaluate how management techniques impact the quality of patient care, the role of governance and the key issues in managing support services. The course will also examine quality management, in both private practices and hospital settings; organization relationships; materials management and supplies; facilities planning; and human resource management, including collective bargaining, relationships among patients, physicians, and other health care employees. Prerequisites: EN 102 and HCM 110. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

HCM 310 Organizations and Management in Health Care
Provides a general orientation to management practices in the field of health care as well as the types of organizations and how they are structured. The focus is on management concepts and processes considered necessary for persons who intend to practice in a health care field. Emphasis is placed on the differences in management in health care from other industries and the importance of patient care and ethical issues. Tradeoffs between patient care issues and financial accountability are addressed. Prerequisite: HCM 110. (3)

HCM 350 Health Care Finance and Accounting
Focuses on the financial management of health care organizations, addressing issues unique to health care organizations. The course trains students to create, read, and interpret financial statements and key financial ratios within the health care industry and to assess the financial health of an organization. The course will also review the legal, regulatory, and ethical obligations that are critical to sound financial management. Prerequisites: HCM 110. (3)

HIM 101 Fundamentals of Health Information Management, Part I

Introduces the profession of health information management, including the concepts of informatics and information management applied to the health care industry. It focuses on the development of health information systems from the perspective of individual patients and addresses the development of personally identifiable health information and the basic concepts of managing health records (manual and computerized). It also covers the aggregation of patient-specific data and information for analysis, statistics, and research, as well as clinical and administrative decision making. Finally, it introduces the use of comprehensive data in health care and introduces statistical and research methodologies. (1)

HIM 102 Fundamentals of Health Information Management, Part II
A continuation of HIM 101. It explores knowledge-based health care data and information and applies the concepts of knowledge management to the use of health care information for biomedical and research support as well as for expert systems and decision support. It also addresses the tools, techniques, and strategies utilized in managing health information services. (1)

HIM 115 Medical Terminology
Introduces students to medical terms used in the maintenance of health records with an emphasis on spelling, definition, and pronunciation. This course covers the basic rules for interpreting, constructing, and spelling medical terms used in the health care field and provides medical vocabulary including anatomy, physiology, systems, diagnostic testing, and pharmacology. The course includes common terms, definitions, and pronunciations for terms which relate to each body system, including terms for anatomic diseases, pathology, pharmacology, radiography procedures, laboratory tests, and surgical tests and procedures. Emphasis is upon learning word roots, prefixes, and suffixes and how they are combined rather than learning each individual term. (3)

HIM 125 Health Information Systems
Provides an overview of the use of information technology in health care and focuses attention on the hardware, software, and people components. This course surveys how information systems are used in the health care delivery process, hospital IT departments, and in the use and management of data. Areas covered include accounting, telemedicine, public health, radiology, surgery, pharmacy, and dentistry. The privacy and security of health care information are also discussed. The course also addresses ethical issues that health professionals face in the electronic age. (3)

HIM 215 Medical Classification Systems
Focuses on disease and procedure classification systems currently utilized for collecting health data for the purpose of statistical research and financial reporting. Prerequisite: HIM 115 or equivalent. (3)

HIM 225 Advanced Medical Coding
Stresses advanced coding skills through practical exercises using actual medical records. This course requires students to build on the knowledge gained from HIM 215 and further develop their critical thinking skills as they are challenged to analyze and code increasingly complex cases that may not be covered by specific insurance plans. The course also allows students to use computerized tools in the coding process and manage the quality assurance of health care records. Finally the course introduces the students to the more comprehensive codes in ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS as well as other coding systems. This course uses active- and inquiry-learning techniques in which students are required to solve problems each week. Prerequisite: HIM 215. (3)

HIM 315 Health Care Reimbursement Systems
Provides an overview of how the health care reimbursement systems work in the United States. The course focuses on the evolution of insurance, HMOs, and managed care. Students learn how hospitals, outpatient centers, clinicians, and other providers are reimbursed for their services. Private and public reimbursement methods; state rate setting; risk management; newer models of reimbursement; the role of billing, coding, and accounts receivable; and managed competition are explained. Prerequisites: HIM 215 and HIM 225. (3)

HIM 365 Integrated Health Care Technology
Examines the use of advanced technology in the health care field through research and inquiry with the result of improved quality of care, increased availability of services, and a reduction in costs. The cost looks at existing technology applications including imaging, telemedicine, telesurgery, robotics, statistics, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), as well as emerging technologies that will be implemented in the near future. This course uses active- and inquiry-based techniques and includes several writing assignments. Prerequisites: EN 102 and HIM 125. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ, WI. (3)

HIM 400 Internship
Relates classroom education to a real-world professional experience. Students in their senior year must register for a field experience in the field of health information management in the metropolitan area. The internship is monitored by the internship director, a representative of the cooperating health care provider or company in a health-related field. Prerequisite: permission of the internship director for the School of Business Administration, senior status, minimum of 90 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all HCM and HIM courses. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (6)

HIM 423 HIM Senior Seminar
Provides additional interaction with senior students as a group, particularly as they begin their internship and capstone project. Example activities include understanding of the Real-Projects-for-Real-Clients Course (RPRCC) methodology; exploring reasons to go to graduate school and the application process; finding a job with career prospects; selecting a capstone project and writing a project proposal and project plan. Students will plan and give at least one substantive presentation sup-ported by research. Prerequisites: 90 credits in the HIM program and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in major courses. (1)

HIM 489 HIM Capstone Project
This is the capstone course for students in the B.S. in Health Information Management program. Designed to allow students to engage in a Real-Projects-for-Real-Clients Course (RPRCC) opportunity. Students work closely with a client, develop a detailed project proposal for their project, conduct the work, develop a project report, and write a project perspective after the project is over. This is a required course for the HIM program. This course uses active- and inquiry-based techniques and includes several writing assignments. Prerequisites: EN 102 and HIM 423. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ, WI. (3)