The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program prepares individuals to perform functions and processes in healthcare facilities related to managing, analyzing, and organizing patient medical records both electronic health records and paper-based health records. The primary program focus is ensuring the quality of medical records by verifying completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. The graduate will demonstrate the basic understanding of the electronic healthcare record, medical law and HIPAA standards, insurance billing and coding practices, abstraction of data, general office duties, and customer service.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:
- Define medical terms related to common diseases and pathology by utilizing the learned foundations of medical word structure and abbreviations.
- Identify and describe the various body systems and the effects of medications and disease on these systems.
- Summarize all types of insurance plans, filing guidelines, precertification and authorization procedures, and perform basic procedure and diagnostic coding for reimbursement.
- Perform general office duties relating to communication, supply and equipment maintenance, financial management, mail handling, and employment laws.
- Employ HIPAA standards in relationship to administrative, physical, and technical safeguards, ensure adherence to medical, legal, and ethical standards, and understand penalties associated with HIPAA.
- Manipulate and manage medical records and databases for the purpose of patient demographic information, scheduling, documentation, and financial obligations as well as all general practice record keeping utilizing software applications.
- Identify the core functions/capabilities of an electronic health record, understand how accuracy, completeness, and currency of summary lists is best maintained in the electronic health record, and how to utilize an electronic health record to facilitate secure and confidential communications.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates should possess the knowledge and skills required for employment as a Medical Office Assistant, Healthcare Access Associate, Health Information Clerk or focus on specialized entry-level positions such as Medical Transcriptionist, Medical Biller and Coder, or other similar positions within the healthcare field.
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Last updated January 12, 2017