Course Descriptions

HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS COURSES

 

HIMS 105 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY                                                                         2 credit hours

Medical Terminology is a basic study of the professional language of medicine. It is designed to include word construction, pronunciation, spelling, definition and use of terms related to all areas of medical science, hospital service and health related professions. This course is designed to give the student a basic knowledge of anatomy, pathology, surgical procedures, diagnostic procedures and symptomatology.

 

HIMS 110 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT                  3 credit hours

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student in Health Information Management to the historical development of the health care field with emphasis on the organizational structure of health institutions: federal, state, and local agencies and allied health associations. Also, this course will introduce the student to the Medical Record Department, its functions, and an overview of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The course includes definitions of, standards for, and the development of the medical record (both computer-based and paper-based) as to content, format, evaluation, completion, and automation. The course content also consists of numbering systems and methods; the use of accessory equipment and technology; conversion systems; the master patient index; filing systems and control; evaluation methods, supplies and equipment. Retention considerations, storage and retrieval systems, and the use of microfilming are also included. This course will also include the study of vital and public health statistics and an in-depth study of hospital statistics (sources, definitions, collection, reporting, presentation and analysis of data, sources and use of health data in the United States). There will be laboratory practice, field trips, and student projects to develop proficiency.

 

HIMS 120 HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS                                                          3 credit hours

This course is designed to introduce the student to the patterns and modes of health care delivery in settings other than that of the acute general hospital. Specialized agencies in ambulatory care, home care, emergency care, long term care, rehabilitation, mental health and mental retardation services, hospice programs, health maintenance organizations and occupational health systems will be covered. The work of accrediting, licensing, and certifying agencies, such as that of the JCAHO, the AOA, Medicare, and Medicaid will be discussed in detail for each health care area. The principles of health information systems, quality care appraisal, and risk management will be discussed. The role of the Health Information Manager as a consultant in each of the health care settings will be emphasized throughout the course.

 

HIMS 205 CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS IN HEALTHCARE I                                       3 credit hours

This course will introduce the student to the principles of taxonomy. The course will include purposes of classifying diseases and operations using ICD-9-CM, clinical vocabularies, terminologies/nomenclatures. The interaction of different Prospective Payment Systems with classification systems will be emphasized. Data quality, the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set as well as coding/sequencing guidelines will be examined. (Prerequisites: BIOL 273 & 274, HIMS 105)

 

HIMS 205L CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS LAB                                                             1 credit hour

This laboratory will provide students with “hands-on” experience in ICD-9-CM Coding, proper application of UHDDS guidelines (including sequencing of diagnoses and procedures), DRG assignment, APC assignment reporting and interpreting statistical data, and utilizing automated systems for encoding, grouping and data entry. Laboratory practice exercises, utilizing actual medical records, will provide the principal method of instruction. The impact of coding accuracy and its relationship to reimbursement will be stressed.

 

 

HIMS 206 CLASSIFICATIONS IN HEALTH CARE III                                                 2 credit hours

This course is a continuation of Classification Systems in Healthcare I.  The course will include purposes of classifying diseases and operations using clinical vocabularies, terminologies/nomenclautres.  The interaction of different Prospective Payment Systems, MSDRGs and POAs with classification systems will be emphasized.  Data quality, the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set as well as coding/sequencing guidelines will be examined.  (Prerequisite:  HIMS 205)

 

HIMS 210 REIMBURSEMENT METHODOLOGIES                                                      3 credit hours

This course covers clinical data and reimbursement management.  Information on topics relating to financial and reimbursement issues in the health care environment will also be addressed.  Areas include DRG optimization, billings, contract negotiations with insurers, reimbursement methodologies, role of the fiscal intermediary, etc. (Prerequisite:  HIMS 110; 120; 205)

 

HIMS 215 CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS IN HEALTHCARE II                                     3 credit hours

This course will introduce the student to the principles of taxonomy, clinical vocabularies, terminologies/nomenclature.  The course will include purposes of coding for professional services, ambulatory service and operations. The course will properly instruct the student on the proper usage of CPT and HCPCS code books.  The interaction of different code systems such as the Prospective Payment Systems (PPS) with classification systems will be emphasized.  Data quality, the UACDS as well as coding/sequencing guidelines will be examined. Coding and indexing of diagnoses and operations using various classification systems and nomenclatures. (Prerequisites: BIOL 273 & 274, HIMS 105)

 

HIMS 215L CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS IN HEALTHCARE II LAB                              1 credit hour

This laboratory will provide students with “hands-on” experience in ICD-9-CM Coding, proper application of UHDDS guidelines (including sequencing of diagnoses and procedures), DRG assignment, HCPCS, CPT-4 coding, APC assignment reporting and interpreting statistical data, and utilizing automated systems for encoding, grouping and data entry. Laboratory practice exercises, utilizing actual medical records, will provide the principal method of instruction. The impact of coding accuracy and its relationship to reimbursement will be stressed.

 

HIMS 228 LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH CARE AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT   3 credit hours

This course will review the fundamental bases of American Law including the source of law, the functions of the branches of government, the growing body of Federal, State, and JCAHO regulatory law, and health law including negligence in health care delivery. It will emphasize the importance of health records as legal documents and will cover such matters as the preparation and maintenance of health records and their confidential nature, consent to treatment, informed consent, right of refusal, release of medical record information and the dying patient.

 

HIMS 250 HEALTHCARE STATISTICS AND RESEARCH                                          3 credit hours

This course provides an introduction to research methodology and principles including different methods of healthcare statistical analysis. It includes general principles of health care statistics with emphasis in hospital statistics and development in computation and calculation of health data with overview of guidelines for Louisiana Department of Health and Vital Statistics.  Areas include descriptive, inferential statistics, vital statistics, reportable disease registries, and the guidelines for the Institutional Review Board Research and other regulatory agencies. Students will create data summaries and perform statistical analysis using statistical software packages.  (Prerequisites:  MATH 250; HIMS 110 & HIMS 120)

 

HIMS 280 FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL SCIENCE                                                  3 credit hours

This course is a review of basic anatomical structures, assessing the major pathological conditions, evaluating the clinical management and pharmacological treatment of each body system with emphasis on a study of the nature and cause of disease. (Prerequisites: HIMS 105, BIOL 273 & 274)

 

HIMS 303 ORGANIZATION THEORY AND CONCEPTS IN HEALTH CARE FACILITIES     3 credit hours

The primary purpose of the course is to facilitate the student in attaining a better, i.e., more comprehensive, well integrated and more useful, understanding of the organizations in which she/he will be spending considerable time and energy for her/his career.  The emphasis will be on formal organizations both in health care and other sectors of the economy.  Models and concepts developed within the closely related disciplines of organization theory and organization behavior will be addressed. (Prerequisites:  HIMS 110 & HIMS 120)

 

HIMS 310 ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS                                                         3 credit hours

This course will prepare students to work in an electronic health record environment. Topics include an in-depth study of the electronic health record. The course will cover clinical terminologies, clinical vocabularies, e-health, health information exchange, security, and other current issues. (Prerequisites: HIMS 110, 120, & 228, MGIS 250)

 

HIMS 320 QUALITY MANAGEMENT                                                                    3 credit hours

This course focuses on the principles and approaches to the assessment of quality in health care and how this impacts the role of the health information manager. Theoretical and pragmatic issues related to quality management, utilization review, and risk management will be addressed. The responsibilities of the governing board, medical staff, as well as other health care personnel in relation to quality management and improvement will be examined. Requirements of accrediting and licensing agencies relating to quality management will also be presented. Throughout this course students will concentrate on areas related to JCAHO’s emphasis on continuous quality improvement and the modified process of monitoring and evaluation. The responsibilities and involvement of the health information manager in quality management, total quality management, utilization review, and risk management will be emphasized. (Prerequisites: HIMS 110 & 120)

 

HIMS 320L QUALITY MANAGEMENT LAB                                                             1 credit hour

This quality management laboratory focuses on the practical applications of assessing the quality of health care, utilization management and risk management.  Students will design, implement and present a quality management study related to the above areas. Data sources will include the Medical Archival System (MAR), laboratory records, databases designed and developed by the student, and clinical site databases.

 

HIMS 345 SYSTEMS ANALYSIS IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS                                   3 credit hours

This course is designed to give the student an insight into the procedures and techniques that can be used to analyze health care systems. The course will focus on the “how to” of systems by demonstrating fundamental skills and techniques that can be applied immediately. (Prerequisites HIMS 310)

 

HIMS 355 EPIDEMIOLOGY                                                                                       3 credit hours

This course will focus on the basic concepts of epidemiology, its purpose and how it can be used in health information management and the cancer registry. Descriptive epidemiology, morbidity & mortality studies, and experimental epidemiology are some of the topics that will be explained and discussed. Students will be responsible for developing a research proposal related to health information management and epidemiology. (Prerequisites: HIMS 250)

 

HIMS 360 MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS                         3 credit hours

A study of the principals involved in managing HIM departments in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The course provides the opportunity to apply theory to traditional HIM managerial responsibilities and exploration of the expanded role of the HIM professional. Emphasis will be on the organizational structure and delivery of healthcare in hospitals and other healthcare agencies and the associated roles of HIM professionals. Other areas covered include a study of the system life cycle with emphasis on the role of the Health Information Management professional as a project manager in the implementation of health information systems (Prerequisites: HIMS 110 & 120 & 228)

 

HIMS 380 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS    3 credit hours

This course provides an analysis and evaluation of human resource management as applied in different health care settings. The course focuses on the major elements of human resource management, as well as the ways in which it can be used in the strategic planning of the health care organization. Students will investigate ongoing human resource practices and issues from a health care perspective such as recruitment, contract/agreement, training/education/support, retention, performance evaluation, compensation, legal and regulatory issues, and strategic planning.  (Prerequisites: HIMS 110, 120, 228)

 

HMIS 410 SENIOR PROJECT                                                                                    3 credit hours

The student is encouraged to select, investigate, and to present a project with practical application to current health information, disease registries, and information systems in the community. Students register for this course as a final course in their curriculum. To be complete during senior year.

 

HIMS 420 HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM EDUCATION         3 credit hours

Assignments made to promote uniformity and competency levels required of entry-level medical record professionals. The majority of assignments will be completed in the HIMS lab utilizing records, computer capabilities, and other resources available for practical applications of management skills. Students will also complete mock HIMS certification exams. To be completed during senior year.

 

HIMS 440 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR THE HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGER  3 credit hours

This course is designed as an introductory level course to the principles, concepts, and issues of financial management in the health care organization.  Focus is upon financial management as viewed from the perspective of the department/unit manager and supervisor.  Institution-wide accounting and budgeting systems will be discussed primarily as a framework for understanding (1) how financial reporting, planning, and control is linked to organizational effectiveness, and (2) how financial management responsibilities of the departmental manager relate to organization- level financial goals.  (Prerequisites: HIMS 360)

 

 

HIMS 480 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY                                                                                3 credit hours

Study of the general mechanisms of disease at the cellular and molecular levels, including abnormalities of fluid distribution, the inflammatory process, abnormal immune mechanisms, and neoplastic disease, followed by an application of the basic principles of pathologic processes to diseases of the neuralgic, endocrine, reproductive, hematologic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal and digestive systems (Prerequisites: HIMS 105, 280, & BIOL 273 & 274)

 

 

HIMS 495/496 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE PLACEMENT (INTERNSHIP)                6 credit hours

This course consists of supervised professional practice, including operational and managerial experiences in health information departments of hospitals, medical centers and alternative healthcare facilities across the country.  An administrative project and visits to specialty/unique facilities or agencies are integral components of the clinical internship. (Must be taken in the senior year)