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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 | | HITT106 syllabus


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.

Completion of BIOL136 and BOFF140 with a grade of C or better.  Completion or current enrollment in HITT101.

This course is not available for web registration.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Put into practice ICD-10-CM/PCS coding.
  2. Contrast the principles and application ICD-10-CM/PCS, Current Procedural Technology/The Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (CPT/HCPCS), Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV) in given situations.
  3. Evaluate a given case study and choose appropriate clinical vocabularies.
  4. Examine the purpose of coding and the role that Health Information Management (HIM) professionals play in proper coding.
  5. Apply proper use of the ICD-10-CM/PCS classification system when coding a diagnosis/procedure.
  6. Apply the ICD-10-CM/PCS conventions when coding a disease or procedure.
  7. Justify the choosing of a diagnosis as principle diagnosis, secondary diagnosis, and principle and secondary procedures.
  8. Use and maintain electronic applications and work processes to support clinical classification and coding.
  9. Put into practice the entering of data into a coding registry and abstract specific data.
  10. Adhere to current regulations and established guidelines in code assignment.
  11. Validate coding accuracy using clinical information found in the health record.
  12. Resolve discrepancies between coded data and supporting documentation.
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of Medicare and PPS rules by coding case in the proper sequence.
  14. Code primary health records ensuring that nonessential diagnoses and procedures are not coded.
  15. Evaluate health record documentation to ensure that all diagnoses and procedure codes are supported.
  16.  Abstract data from charts into either a manual or computerized system without errors.
  17. Meet the coding domains as outlined by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  18. Assign DRG codes using the DRG book or an encoder to the highest possible level.
  19. Enter diagnosis, symptoms and procedures into the encoder identifying the correct code based on health record documentation.
  20. Ensure physician documentation supports coding.
  21. Validate code assignment.
  22. Sequence codes correctly.
  23. Review the accuracy of abstracted data.
  24. Assign Present on Admission (POA) indicators.
  25. Review ICD-10-CM/PCS coding updates October 1st each year.
  26. Validate grouper assignment.
  27. Identify hospital acquired conditions (HAC).
  28. Create standards for coding productivity and quality.
  29. Apply all official current coding guidelines.
  30. Abstract data from health records.
  31. Query physician when additional clinical documentation is needed.
  32. Review and resolve coding edits (correct coding initiative, outpatient code editor, national coverage determination, and local coverage determination).
  33. Develop and manage a query process.
  34. Develop educational guidelines for provider documentation.
  35. Perform concurrent audits.

Clinical Vocabularies
Chart Review & Abstraction

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A percentage system will be used to determine student's grades. The point system will be based on workbook, course assignments, attendance, tests, quizzes, and final examination.

Students will be required to complete coding assignments prior to group discussions on proper coding.

90 - 100 = A
80 - 89 = B
70 - 79 = C
60 - 69 = D
59 & below = F

NOTE: Must receive C or better to pass

This course addresses the following domains of knowledge identified by the American Health Information Management Association as indicators of entry-level competency for Health Information Technology. See the student handbook for a complete list of domains and subdomains.

Domain I. Data Content, Structure & Standards
  Subdomain I.A. Classification Systems

  1. Apply diagnosis/procedure codes according to current guidelines
  2. Evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic and procedural coding
  3. Apply diagnostic and procedural groupings
  4. Evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic and procedural groupings
  Subdomain I.B. Health Record Content and Documentation
  1. Analyze the documentation in the health record to ensure it supports the diagnosis and reflects the patient’s progress, clinical findings, and discharge status
  2. Verify the documentation in the health record is timely, complete, and accurate
  3. Identify a complete health record according to organizational policies, external regulations, and standards
  4. Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of various providers and disciplines to support documentation requirements throughout the continuum of healthcare
  Subdomain I.C. Data Governance
  1. Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of health data
  Subdomain I.D. Data Management
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain I.E. Secondary Data Sources
  1. n/a
  2. n/a

Domain II. Information Protection: Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy & Security
  Subdomain II.A. Health Law

  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain II.B. Data Privacy, Confidentiality & Security
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain II.C. Release of Information
  1. n/a

Domain III. Informatics, Analytics and Data Use
  Subdomain III.A. Health Information Technologies

  1. Utilize software in the completion of HIM processes
  2. n/a
  Subdomain III.B. Information Management Strategic Planning
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain III.C. Analytics and Decision Support
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain III.D. Health Care Statistics
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain III.E. Research Methods
  1. n/a
  Subdomain III.F. Consumer Informatics
  1. n/a
  Subdomain III.G. Health Information Exchange
  1. n/a
  Subdomain III.H. Information Integrity and Data Quality
  1. n/a

Domain IV. Revenue Management
  Subdomain IV.A. Revenue Cycle and Reimbursement

  1. Apply policies and procedures for the use of data required in healthcare reimbursement
  2. Evaluate the revenue cycle management processes

Domain V. Compliance
  Subdomain V.A. Regulatory

  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain V.B. Coding
  1. Analyze current regulations and established guidelines in clinical classification systems
  2. Determine accuracy of computer assisted coding assignment and recommend corrective action
  Subdomain V.C. Fraud Surveillance
  1. n/a
  Subdomain V.D. Clinical Documentation Improvement
  1. Identify discrepancies between supporting documentation and coded data
  2. Develop appropriate physician queries to resolve data and coding discrepancies

Domain VI. Leadership
  Subdomain VI.A. Leadership Roles

  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.B. Change Management
  1. n/a
  Subdomain VI.C. Work Design and Process Improvement
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.D. Human Resources Management
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.E. Training and Development
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain VI.F. Strategic and Organizational Management
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  4. n/a
  5. n/a
  Subdomain VI.G. Financial Management
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.H. Ethics
  1. Comply with ethical standards of practice
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  4. n/a
  Subdomain VI.I. Project Management
  1. n/a
  Subdomain VI.J. Vendor/Contract Management
  1. n/a
  Subdomain VI.K. Enterprise Information Management
  1. n/a
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