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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | Health Information Technology - 13 courses
HITT101 Introduction to Health Information (Fall) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: The course covers a brief history of health care in the United States. The organizational structures of health care facilities, regulatory agencies, accreditation and licensure of health care agencies will be covered. The role of a health information technologist, and the function of a health information department will be studied. Emphasis will be on the content and structure of the health record, techniques employed to assure accuracy, accessibility, comprehensiveness, consistency, currency, definition, granularity, precision, relevancy and timeliness of the documentation of a medical record. Computerized patient records, secondary data sources, and clinical vocabularies are also introduced.  Additionally, students gain experience in a virtual health information department within the virtual lab.
Notes [ C]

HITT106 ICD Coding (Fall) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: The course introduces the theory, structure, and organization of the International Classification of Disease using ICD-10-CM/PCS (International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System). Emphasis is placed on the importance of body structure, procedures, application of coding principles and official guidelines for coding and reporting.  The student is introduced to diagnosis related groups Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) and their relationship to coding using the encoder. ICD-10-CM will be discussed as a legacy system only.
Notes [ C]

HITT110 Coding in Ambulatory Care Settings (Spring) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: The course introduces coding and reporting diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the ambulatory care setting.  Students will learn to read and interpret ambulatory health care documentation to code services and procedures using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) nomenclature.  Students will code from workbooks, and non-acute care cases using CPT-4. Students will operate encoder and Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) grouper software programs in the lab.
Notes [ C]

HITT115 Patho-Physiology and Pharmacology (Spring) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: The mechanism of disease and its effect on the human body will be studied, with emphasis on etiology, symptoms, signs, diagnostic findings, and treatment.  Special topics in pharmacology will be introduced, including terminology, drug category, uses, side effects, contraindications, and interactions of each body system in relation to the most common diseases, and common dosage ranges and routes.
Notes [ C]

HITT125 Clinical Practicum I (Spring and Summer) – 2.0 hours
Course Description: Students are assigned to carry out routine functions in Health Information and related departments in a virtual laboratory setting. The purpose of the experience is to practice the skills learned in courses, to expose the student to functions performed in a professional setting, and to gain the entry level competencies required.
Notes [ C]

HITT205 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management and Ethics (Fall) – 2.0 hours
Course Description: The course will examine our court systems and the legal and ethical issues related to the health care field.  Specific federal and state regulations, compliance rules, and laws as they relate to the health information department, privacy, security, release of information, confidentiality, and the health record will be covered. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules and regulations will be covered in detail and their influence on the health care field.
Notes [ C]

HITT235 Advanced Coding (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: The course will examine the coding of actual charts utilizing International Classification of Diseases (ICD), The Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS level II), and Current Procedural Terminology - Fourth Revision (CPT-4), with emphasis on official coding guidelines, and sequencing. Special emphasis is placed on validation of coded clinical information in relation to Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs), Ambulatory Payment Groups (APGs), and Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs), as well as the purpose of case mix and severity of illness.
Notes [ C]

HITT240 Supervision for Health Information Technologists (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: The course includes a study of the management theories and practices essential to efficient management of a health information management department. The following will be covered: organizational processes, human resources, financial and physical resources, management principles, productivity, budget preparation, budget controls, development of goals, objectives, policies and procedures, job descriptions, performance evaluations, in-service, team leadership, communication, problem solving, and cultural diversity in the workplace.
Notes [ C]

HITT245 Current Trends in Health Information Technology (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: The course examines information technology (IT) and its application to the healthcare delivery systems.  The role of the health information management department in the development of IT will be reviewed.  Discussion of current issues relating to health care and health information management will be discussed.
Notes [ C]

HITT250 Clinical Practicum II (Spring) – 2.0 hours
Course Description: Students are assigned to health information management (HIM) departments to provide the students with an opportunity to have hands on experience with HIM functions with special emphasis on supervisory functions.   Students will work under the supervision of a qualified Registered Health Information Administrator/Registered Health Information Technician or other qualified personnel to whom they are assigned. The students will also be assigned to the Danville Area Community College Health Information Technology Program Laboratory for simulated experience as required.
Notes [ C]

HITT255 Alternative Health Care Settings Insurance Procedures () – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course addresses medical services, health record systems, regulatory agencies, reimbursement methodologies, and insurance for non-acute care settings. Topics include regulatory issues, documentation requirements, reimbursement, information management, quality improvement, risk management, and current trends for services provided in places such as nursing homes, home health, correctional facilities, hospice, and rehabilitation facilities. Basic concepts of healthcare reimbursement are covered along with types of payers, and types of insurance plans. The terminology, rationale and methodology, such as Resource Utilization Group Version Three (RUG III), Relative Value Unit (RVU), Resource-Based Relative Value Scales (RBRVs), Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs), Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs), Insurance Investment in Cash Deposit (IVCD), Local Medical Review Policy (LMPR), Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN), and Explanation of Benefits (EOB) used by third-party payers to determine the reimbursement for health care providers will be examined. Proper completion of the 1500 billing form and legal issues related to reimbursement will be discussed, as well as the role Health Information Management (HIM) plays in the Charge Description Master, Reimbursement Monitoring, Revenue Cycle, Compliance and Case-Mix Management. An overview of hospital and nursing home billing systems including proper submission of Uniform/Universal Billing Form 92s (UB-92s) will also be covered.
Notes [ C]

HITT260 Quality Assurance and Healthcare Statistics () – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course focuses on the collection, interpretation, presentation, and reporting of medical statistics with emphasis on reliability and validity of data. The importance of healthcare statistics in relation to management, decision-making, governmental agencies, quality assessment, and research will be stressed. The course will examine the theoretical and methodology issues related to quality assurance (utilization risk management, quality assessment, and staff credentialing), accreditation and regulatory agencies. The tools used for quality improvement will be discussed. The responsibility of the Health Information Department in relation to maintaining reliable data is stressed throughout the course. Vital and public health reporting and statutory and regulatory requirements are also identified.
Notes [ C]

HITT275 Health Informatics, Analytics and Data Use () – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course focuses on Health Informatics and Analytics. It will cover how information science and technology are used to enhance research and practice outcomes in healthcare. The student will perform data analysis through reduction and organization of a body of data to produce information for making operational and clinical decisions. This course is designed to provide participants a hands-on experience in health data informatics and analytics using Microsoft Excel. Participants can expect to learn the fundamental skills for sorting, filtering, summarizing, interpreting, and presenting healthcare information. The basic principles of informatics that govern the application of data through collecting, retrieving, and analyzing information will be explored. After taking this course, you will have a better understanding of the nature of health data informatics, how to leverage the use of Microsoft Excel for carrying out analytical tasks, and ultimately how to discover new information from data.
NotesThe expanded version of objectives is available from the HITT director.

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