Medical Code/Biller Lc/Lb (HIMC)

HIMC 1000  Introduction to Health Information Management  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Limited Access Program  
Corequisites: HIMC 1253  

Acceptance to program required. This course will introduce the student to health information technology both as a work-based, task-oriented function and as part of a larger profession of health information management. The course begins with a view of the healthcare industry delivery systems continuing to the basic elements of health information technology, and a study of record keeping practices in the hospital and physician's office. Emphasis is placed on hospital and medical staff organization, patient record content, procedures in filing, numbering and retention of patient records, quantitative analysis, release of patient information, forms control and design, indexes and registers, reimbursement, regulatory and accrediting agencies, and alternate healthcare delivery systems.

HIMC 1222  Introduction to ICD Coding Principles  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Limited Access Program  
Corequisites: HIMC 1273 and HIMC 1255  

Acceptance to program required. This hybrid course is designed to introduce the student to the mechanics of using International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and review of current and future ICD coding systems (ICD-10-CM). Topics include the purpose and use of the ICD-9-CM classification system, coding conventions, coding principles, and the CMS official guidelines (inpatient and outpatient). Students will be required to assign ICD-9-CM/ICD-10-CM codes to diagnosis/procedure statements and case abstracts.

HIMC 1253  CPT Coding Principles and Practice  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Limited Access Program  
Corequisites: HIMC 1000  

Acceptance to program required. This hybrid course provides a study and practice of the principles of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) classification systems. This course provides a foundation using CPT/HCPCS coding conventions, rules, methodology and sequencing, data sets, documentation requirements, coding resources and ethics. Students will be required to assign CPT/HCPCS codes to procedural statements and case studies.

HIMC 1255  Advanced Coding  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Limited Access Program  
Corequisites: HIMC 1222 and HIMC 1273  
Lab Fee: Yes  

Acceptance to program required. This is a combined lecture/laboratory hybrid course providing an advanced continuation of International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), and Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS) coding. Simulation of inpatient and outpatient coding, including ambulatory surgery, diagnostic testing and procedures, and physician services, using patient records and encoder software. Emphasis is placed on the use of official coding guidelines and compliance. In this course, the student is assigned physician office charts, outpatient hospital charts, and inpatient hospital charts to code. This course will prepare the student to work with reimbursement methodologies and issues, such as Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs).

HIMC 1273  Computerized Physician Office/Billing  
Credit Hours:   3  

This hybrid course introduces the students to common administrative procedures performed in both small and large medical practices. Students learn the conceptual framework both for medical billing and use of electronic health records in medical documentation and patient management. Students will learn to input patient information, bill insurance companies, manage the accounts receivable, and run financial reports important to the day-by-day financial operations of the medical practice.