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Areas of Study | | HITT250 syllabus

COURSE TITLE: Clinical Practicum II

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.

Completion of HITT125 with a grade of C or better. Completion or current enrollment in HITT235, HITT240, and HITT245.

NOTES: This course is not available for web registration.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Read and list all policies and procedures related to the quality, compliance, or utilization committees.
  2. Recognize compliance issues related to HIM and other departments.
  3. Describe and carry out Utilization duties as directed.
  4. Apply policies and procedures for access and disclosure of personal health information.
  5. Understand risk management policies and assist in performing an audit.
  6. Identify the role of the Risk Manager.
  7. Identify the role of the Health Information Management Department in both Utilization and Risk Management.
  8. List the core duties of the privacy officer.
  9. Identify the security policies and procedures developed to meet The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  10. Code actual health records in the different settings using nomenclature and guidelines.

  1. Perform a Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) in one area of the department.
  2. Develop an in-service for a given area of a section under the guidance of the supervisor.
  3. Monitor the Workflow of an assigned area and discuss finding with Director.
  4. Complete a special project as designed by the HIM Director.
  5. Code and review diagnoses and procedures according to department requirements using International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
  6. Accurately abstract health records according to departmental procedures.
  7. Choose the correct principal diagnosis and correctly sequence all other diagnoses following American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Federal regulations.
  8. Choose the correct principal procedure, and correctly sequence all other procedures.
  9. Assign the correct Diagnostic-Related Group (DRG) and Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) category for Medicare records utilizing an automated grouper.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to code outpatient procedures with Current Procedure Terminology -4th Edition/The Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (CPT-4/HCPCS).
  11. Identify and process statistical data generated by the coding department.
Lab Activities
  1. Participate in group discussion of clinical experience and analysis of the components of health information management services.
  2. Discuss future growth (lifelong learning) including coding certification, cancer registries, medical office management, and obtaining a degree in health information management.
  3. Prepare for the national certification exam.

  • Quality Management
  • Utilization
  • Risk Management
  • Privacy office/Compliance office
  • Supervision

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Academic credit for each intern experience is equivalent to 2 credit hours. The final grade is based on evidence of technical knowledge, decision-making ability, communication skills, initiative, punctuality, and completion of project assignments.

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

Note: Must receive a 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. The standards covered will be dependent on the work site.

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/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. Collect and maintain health data
  2. Apply graphical tools for data presentations
  Subdomain I.E. Secondary Data Sources
  1. Identify and use secondary data sources
  2. Validate the reliability and accuracy of secondary data sources

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

  1. Apply healthcare legal terminology
  2. Identify the use of legal documents
  3. Apply legal concepts and principles to the practice of HIM
  Subdomain II.B. Data Privacy, Confidentiality & Security
  1. Apply confidentiality, privacy and security measures and policies and procedures for internal and external use and exchange to protect electronic health information
  2. Apply retention and destruction policies for health information
  3. Apply system security policies according to departmental and organizational data/information standards
  Subdomain II.C. Release of Information
  1. Apply policies and procedures surrounding issues of access and disclosure of protected health information

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

  1. Utilize software in the completion of HIM processes
  2. Explain policies and procedures of networks, including intranet and Internet to facilitate clinical and administrative applications
  Subdomain III.B. Information Management Strategic Planning
  1. Explain the process used in the selection and implementation of health information management systems
  2. Utilize health information to support enterprise wide decision support for strategic planning
  Subdomain III.C. Analytics and Decision Support
  1. Explain analytics and decision support
  2. Apply report generation technologies to facilitate decision-making
  Subdomain III.D. Health Care Statistics
  1. Utilize basic descriptive, institutional, and healthcare statistics
  2. Analyze data to identify trends
  Subdomain III.E. Research Methods
  1. Explain common research methodologies and why they are used in healthcare
  Subdomain III.F. Consumer Informatics
  1. Explain usability and accessibility of health information by patients, including current trends and future challenges
  Subdomain III.G. Health Information Exchange
  1. Explain current trends and future challenges in health information exchange
  Subdomain III.H. Information Integrity and Data Quality
  1. Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of health data both internal and external to the health system

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. Analyze policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulations and standards
  2. Collaborate with staff in preparing the organization for accreditation, licensure, and/or certification
  3. Adhere to the legal and regulatory requirements related to health information management
  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. Identify potential abuse or fraudulent trends through data analysis
  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. Summarize health information related leadership roles
  2. Apply the fundamentals of team leadership
  3. Organize and facilitate meetings
  Subdomain VI.B. Change Management
  1. Recognize impact of change management on processes, people and systems
  Subdomain VI.C. Work Design and Process Improvement
  1. Utilize tools and techniques to monitor, report, and improve processes
  2. Identify cost-saving and efficient means of achieving work processes and goals
  3. Utilize data for facility-wide outcomes reporting for quality management and performance improvement
  Subdomain VI.D. Human Resources Management
  1. Report staffing levels and productivity standards for health information functions
  2. Interpret compliance with local, state, and federal labor regulations
  3. Adhere to work plans, policies, procedures, and resource requisitions in relation to job functions
  Subdomain VI.E. Training and Development
  1. Explain the methodology of training and development
  2. Explain the return on investment for employee training and development
  Subdomain VI.F. Strategic and Organizational Management
  1. Summarize a collection methodology for data to guide strategic and organizational management
  2. Understand the importance of healthcare policy-making as it relates to the healthcare delivery system
  3. Describe the differing types of organizations, services, and personnel and their interrelationships across the healthcare delivery system
  4. Apply information and data strategies in support of information governance initiatives
  5. Utilize enterprise-wide information assets in support of organizational strategies and objectives
  Subdomain VI.G. Financial Management
  1. Plan budgets
  2. Explain accounting methodologies
  3. Explain budget variances
  Subdomain VI.H. Ethics
  1. Comply with ethical standards of practice
  2. Evaluate the consequences of a breach of healthcare ethics
  3. Assess how cultural issues affect health, healthcare quality, cost, and HIM
  4. Create programs and policies that support a culture of diversity
  Subdomain VI.I. Project Management
  1. Summarize project management methodologies
  Subdomain VI.J. Vendor/Contract Management
  1. Explain Vendor/Contract Management
  Subdomain VI.K. Enterprise Information Management
  1. Apply knowledge of database structure and design

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