Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Information Administration - Core Curriculum Sequence

Curriculum Sequence

Course   Credits Weeks
GEN 310E * Critical Thinking and Online Study 4 7
HIA 321E Health Information Management: Theory and Practice 4 7
HIA 322E The Legal Health Record 4 7
HIA 330E Information Systems & Technology 4 7
HIA 334E* The Electronic Health Record 4 7
BIO 312E * Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I 4 7
BIO 313E * Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II 4 7
HIA 405E* Managing the Coding Process for Inpatients 4 7
HIA 406E* Managing the Coding Process for Outpatients 4 7
HIA 407E * Reimbursement Methodologies 4 7
HIA 408E Financial and Revenue Cycle Management 4 7
HIA 333E Healthcare Statistics, Research and Quality Improvement 4 7
HIA 440E Management and Organization for Health Professionals 4 7
HIA 460E HIA Professional Practice Capstone 4 7
HIA 470E Professional Review and Certification 4 7

* Electronic lab sessions in these courses constitute part of the overall professional practice experience (PPE)

 

Course Descriptions

GEN 310E Critical Thinking and Online Study
This course provides an introduction to the expectations and methodology of college-level online learning and critical thinking. Through readings, discussion, and writing assignments, the course examines critical thinking and communication skills as they are used in the analysis of significant ideas. The course specifically addresses the challenges of online self-directed learning, the demands of online communication, the conventions of academic research, and the study and personal skills required for success as an adult student. Study team dynamics, library orientation, and learning style assessment are also included.
 
HIA 321E Health Information Management: Theory and Practice
This course provides the student with knowledge of the organization and delivery of healthcare systems and the concepts, principles, rules and regulations that govern HIM operations.  Students will examine documentation requirements, timeliness, and completeness of the health record, with emphasis placed on the transition to the Electronic Health Record (EHR).  Students will also review record content requirements mandated by accrediting and regulatory agencies and various legal requirements in maintaining health records, as well as investigate various registries and indexes and the role HIM has in maintaining them.
 
HIA 322E The Legal Health Record
This course provides an overview of the U.S. legal system, processes, and actions encountered in healthcare.  Students will become familiar with the legal health record, e-discovery guidelines, and related agencies or external entities that influence both the healthcare environment and the HIM profession.  Topics include access and disclosure of personal health information (PHI), various legal healthcare documents, HIPAA privacy, security and breaches, and compliance with subpoenas.  The course also analyzes the effectiveness of compliance programs, including governmental audits, coding compliance, HIPAA Privacy and Security audit programs, and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) as it relates to healthcare compliance.  Ethical standards of practice in health information management (HIM) such as coding are also examined.
 
BIO 312E Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I
This course is the first half of a detailed investigation into pathophysiology and pharmacology. Students examine the biological and physical manifestations of a wide variety of diseases and conditions, the appropriate medical procedures, and the related pharmacology, as well as the ways in which this information is used in coding, medical transcription, and data analysis. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II examines basic pharmacology and pathophysiology concepts; infectious diseases; endocrine, deficiency, and immunity disorders; mental disorders; the nervous system; sense organs; and the cardiovascular system.
 
BIO 313E Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II
This course is the second half of a detailed investigation into pathophysiology and pharmacology. Students examine the biological and physical manifestations of a wide variety of diseases and conditions, the appropriate medical procedures, and the related pharmacology, as well as the ways in which this information is used in coding, medical transcription, and data analysis. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II examines the respiratory system, the digestive system, the integumentary system, the musculoskeletal system, the genitourinary system, obstetrics and newborns, as well as injury and trauma.
 
HIA 330E HIA Information Systems and Technology
This course provides the student with in-depth knowledge regarding the implementation and management of various technology systems utilized in the healthcare industry. Students will be introduced to the hardware and software available to ensure data integrity and security. Additionally, the principles and concepts learned will assist with the development of various networks, intranet, internet, electronic health record (EHR), personal health record (PHR), public health and other administrative systems.
 
HIA 333E Healthcare Statistics, Research and Quality Improvement
This course applies high-level statistical management skills to HIM operations, health research, and quality management and performance improvement.  Students will analyze data to identify trends, manage risk, optimize utilization, and facilitate decision making.  Students will also examine basic research designs and methodology used in HIM and organization-wide operations.
 
HIA 334E The Electronic Health Record
This course presents a detailed overview of the various technologies and systems used to handle and store medical records data, provide and enforce security, and maintain accurate and reliable systems. Course topics cover the hardware and software needed to ensure data collection, storage, analysis, and reporting. Networks, including intranet and internet applications, are examined as they contribute to the administration of electronic medical records. Special attention is given to the issues of privacy and security (HIPAA), which include data security concepts, contingency planning, audit trails, and the use of technology to secure data integrity and validity. Processes and procedures regarding the proper use and disclosure of healthcare data as well as the concept of interoperability will be investigated.
 
 HIA 405E Managing the Coding Process For Inpatients

This course focuses on the medical coding system of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS as well as the application of these systems to hospital inpatient services reporting.  Students will examine and apply key functions related to the coding process.  Inpatient reimbursement processes, including the documentation improvement process, management of inpatient coding quality using audit techniques, and coding resources and tools (i.e. encoders and groupers) will also be addressed.  

 HIA 406E Managing the Coding Process For Outpatients

This course focuses on the medical coding system of CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) and HCPCS and the application of these systems to all outpatient services reporting.  Students will examine key functions related to the coding and outpatient reimbursement process, including documentation issues, coordination of the reimbursement process, use of Charge Description Master (CDM), management of outpatient coding quality in a variety of outpatient settings, and outpatient reimbursement systems. Compliance strategies to meet Federal and other regulatory requirements for the outpatient services will be developed and utilized.

HIA 407E Reimbursement Methodologies

This course includes a review of health care reimbursement systems for all patient services. Students will review health insurance basics and apply the concepts to a variety of patient and payer types in order to calculate accurate health care reimbursements using federal and state edits, compliance techniques, and resources.  Unique patient types and services such as home care, skilled nursing care, Medicare, and Medicaid insurance are included. 

HIA 408E Financial and Revenue Cycle Management
This course provides an overview of the financial concepts required by the health information professional: basic accounting reports, budgeting, contracts,, and specific healthcare data management that is directly related to the revenue cycle, including coding, and reimbursement. Students will also review basic accounting and financial management principles, the history of reimbursement methodologies, and how healthcare data plays an increasingly important role in the revenue cycle.  The course will focus on the impact of documentation improvement as it relates to  ICD-10. 
 
HIA 440E Management and Organization For Health Professions
This course will investigate best practices in human resources, project, and operations management (including process improvement and quality assurance in healthcare), and managing workplace teams. Special emphasis is placed on recruiting, training, and motivating employees. Basic strategic planning and management concepts will be applied to projects specific to the HIM department. Concepts of change management and emotional intelligence are applied to the management of the HIM department. This course is a pre-requisite to HIA 460.
 
HIA 460E HIA Professional Practice Capstone
Students will engage in an on-ground management internship which focuses on a specific project. Developed in cooperation with the student’s supervisor, the internship project will require demonstration of management capabilities, problem solving, and a firm understanding of HIA concepts and practices. At the same time, the student will consolidate and review the technical internship skills which were developed through the virtual lab exercises in earlier courses. Students will present their professional practice project and portfolio for peer review.
 
HIA 470E Professional Review and Certification
Within this course, student will review, synthesize, and evaluate skills and content from previous BPS HIA courses. Students will investigate areas of individual interest and proficiency, as well as professional opportunities within the current HIA market. The course will include partial and complete mock competency exams.
 

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