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Advanced Medical Coder (Health Information Management)

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This program is designed to provide the technical knowledge and skills needed for employment as an advanced medical coder. The coursework for the advanced level will equip students to work in medical records and offer an opportunity for existing coders to further their management, supervisory, auditing, or alternative coding skills.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Advanced medical coders work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, insurance companies, and government agencies.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: To be accepted into the Advanced Medical Coder program, students must have a professional certification from AHIMA (CCA or CCS) or AAPC (CPC) as a certified coder.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program must meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam.

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COURSE

TITLE

LEC. 
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

HIM 229

Performance Improvement in Healthcare Settings

1

2

2

HIM 236

Coding and Reimbursement in Alternate Health Care Settings

5

0

5

HIM 2201

Health Statistics

3

0

3

HIM 142

Fundamentals of Health Information Systems II

3

0

3

HIM 249

Supervision and Management Practices

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

2

16

Total Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Advanced Medical Coder 16

11.6.18
To enroll in HIM 220, students must have a math placement recommendation of MTH 146 and Algebra I or equivalent.

HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

HIM 110 Introduction to Human Pathology (3 cr.)

Introduces the basic concepts, terminology, etiology, and characteristics of pathological processes. Prerequisites: HLT 143 and BIO 100 or BIO 141 and BIO 142. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HIM 130 Health Information Systems (3 cr.)

Teaches basic concepts of microcomputer software (to include operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications). Focuses on microcomputer applications and information systems in the health care environment. Provides a working introduction to electronic health information systems for allied health, teaching students how the adoption of electronic health records affects them as future health care professionals. Prerequisite: ITE 115. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HIM 141 Fundamentals of Health Information Systems I (3 cr.)

Focuses on health data collection, storage, retrieval, and reporting systems, with emphasis on the role of the computer in accomplishing these functions. Part I of II. Prerequisite: Passing score on the computer competency exam, ITE 115, or permission of the instructor. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HIM 142 Fundamentals of Health Information Systems II (3 cr.)

Focus of health data collection, storage, retrieval and reporting systems, with emphasis on the role of the computer in accomplishing these functions. Part II of II. Prerequisite: Passing score on the computer competency exam, ITE 115, or permission of the instructor. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HIM 151 Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practice Management (2 cr.)

Introduces major reimbursement systems in the United States. Focuses on prospective payments systems, managed care, and documentation necessary for appropriate reimbursement. Emphasizes management of practice to avoid fraud. Co-requisite: HIM 255. Lecture 2 hours per week.

HIM 220 Health Statistics (3 cr.)

Introduces the student to basic statistical principles and calculations as applied in the health care environment, procedures for collection and reporting vital statistics, and basic quality control basics. Prerequisites: Placement or completion through MTE 5. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HIM 226 Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation (2 cr.)

Presents the legal requirements associated with health record documentation. Emphasizes the policies and procedures concerning the protection of the confidentiality of patient's health records. Lecture 2 hours per week.

HIM 229 Performance Improvement in Health Care Settings (2 cr.)

Focuses on concepts of facility-wide performance improvement, resource management, and risk management. Applies tools for data collection and analysis. Prerequisites or co-requisites: HIM 142. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.

HIM 230 Information Systems and Technology in Health Care (3 cr.)

Explores computer technology and system application in health care. Introduces the information systems life cycle. Prerequisites: HIM 142 and HIM 130. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

HIM 233 Electronic Health Records Management (3 cr.)

Studies new trends in management and processing of health information with emphasis on the electronic health record (EHR). Covers the definition, benefits, standards, functionality, confidentiality and security, and impact of the EHR in the health care environment. Explores implementation of the EHR including infrastructure required, project management techniques, information technology systems, workflow processes and redesign in various health care settings. Discusses legal issues created by implementation of the EHR. Prerequisites: HIM 130 and HIM 230. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HIM 236 Coding and Reimbursement in Alternate Health Care Settings (5 cr.)

Focuses on disease and procedure coding using International Classification Disease (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) in alternate health care settings, such as behavioral health, home health, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care hospitals (LTCH), rehab facilities, and hospice. Prerequisite: Admittance into the Advanced Medical Coder Career Studies Certificate. Lecture 5 hours per week.

HIM 249 Supervision and Management Practices (3 cr.)

Introduces supervision and management principles with emphasis on the application of these principles in the health information setting. Prerequisites or co-requisites: HIM 229, HIM 142. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HIM 250 Health Classification Systems I ICD-9/10-CM (3 cr.)

Focuses on the current classification systems used in the health care industry. Introduces the professional standards for coding and reporting of inpatient/outpatient diagnostic codes as well as inpatient procedures. Utilizes standards in identifying and accurately assigning codes to diseases and procedures as they relate to statistical research and health care financing. Prerequisites: HLT 143 and BIO 100 or BIO 141 and BIO 142. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HIM 110. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HIM 251 Clinical Practice I (3 cr.)

Prepares the Health Information Technology Student to perform all functions commonly allocated to health record services. Gives practice in various settings under the supervision of an appropriate clinical practice HIM or HIT supervisor. Prerequisites or Co-requisites: General education program courses and HIM 110, HIM 130, HIM 141, HIM 142, HIM 151, HIM 220, HIM 226, HIM 229, HIM 230, HIM 233, HIM 249, HIM 250, HIM 255, and HIM 257. Part I of II. Laboratory 6 hours per week.

HIM 255 Health Data Classification Systems II: Current Procedural Terminology (3 cr.)

Focuses on procedure classification using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). This system is currently utilized for collecting health data for the purposes of statistical research and financial reporting. Prerequisites: BIO 100 (or BIO 141 and 142), HLT 143, or permission of the instructor. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HIM 110. Co-requisite: HIM 260 (recommended). Lecture 3 hours per week.

HIM 257 Health Data Classifications Systems III (3 cr.)

Integrates and applies knowledge with hands-on skill practice in coding. Reinforces medical terminology, anatomy, and coding guidelines for International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). Introduces the student to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding guidelines. Promotes critical thinking related to coding quality, fraud, and abuse. Prerequisites: BIO 100 or BIO 141 and 142, HLT 143, HIM 110, HIM 141, HIM 250, and HIM 255. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HIM 151. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HIM 299 Supervised Study: Performance Improvement in Health Care Settings (2 cr.)

Focuses on concepts of facility-wide performance improvement, resource management, and risk management. Applies tools for data collection and analysis. Prerequisite: Admittance into the Advanced Medical Coder Career Studies Certificate. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.


Name Program Email Phone
Phyllis James Advanced Medical Coder CSC PJames@reynolds.edu 804/523-5375

 

Common Job Titles1: Coder; Health Information Clerk; Health Information Specialist; Health Information Technician (Health Information Tech); Medical Records Analyst; Medical Records Clerk; Medical Records Coordinator; Medical Records Director; Medical Records Technician (Medical Records Tech); Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2028): 1,185

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $27,800 - $55,800


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028).

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on August 15, 2018.