providing advice to the HIM program on current health information trends and needs of the community. They maintain a liaison function between the program and the health information professionals in the community. This group meets a minimum of twice per year. For a complete listing of current members, please inquire to one of your health information instructors.
THE HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNICIAN The Health Information Management Program is designed for persons interested in pursuing a career that combines skills in the following areas: information systems; interpreting/analyzing medical information; handling responses regarding consent for treatment and release of information; privacy and security of health information; managing data; and, maintaining the components of health record systems and the personnel required for systems to function. Health information professionals are responsible for maintaining components of health information computer systems, protecting patient privacy and providing information security, ensuring health information is complete and available to legitimate users, coding and classifying data for reimbursement, analyzing information necessary for decision support, complying with standards and regulations regarding health information, preparing health data for accreditation and licensing surveys, and analyzing clinical data for research and public policy. In all types of facilities, and in various locations within a facility, the health information technician possesses the technical knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, compile, and report health information data for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality improvement and research. The health information technician may be responsible for functional supervision of the various components of the health information system. This program provides instruction and professional practice experience to assist students in developing the technical skills necessary to become Health Information Technicians. Graduates receive the Associate in Applied Science degree from the college and are eligible to write the AHIMA national qualifying examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Our courses transfer to four year colleges and universities offering a Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management. If you decide to continue your education to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management, the four-year institution should be contacted to assure a smooth transfer of credit.
THE HEALTHCARE CODING SPECIALIST Medical coders assign codes to diagnoses and procedures in order to receive proper reimbursement from third party payers. Medical coders use the International Classification of Diseases and Current Procedural Terminology coding system in order to assign accurate codes for compliance with federal regulations and insurance requirements. Coded information is used to prepare statistical reports for research and public policy. Coders require a solid background in medical terminology, anatomy and
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