The Health Information Coding Associate prepares students to be medical coders and billers to classify medical records according to accepted standards.The classification of diagnoses and treatments is required for Medicare and insurance reimbursement in hospitals, outpatient clinics and medical offices.The program offers training in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, diagnostic coding, and medical procedural coding.
Nature of the Work
Medical records and health information technicians assemble patients’ health information including medical history, symptoms, examination results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods, and all other healthcare provider services.Technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security.They regularly communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information.
Health information technicians held about 172,500 jobs in 2008. About 39 percent of jobs were in hospitals. Health information technicians work at a number of healthcare providers such as offices of physicians, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, and home healthcare services.Technicians also may be employed outside of healthcare facilities, such as in Federal Government agencies.
Employment of health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. Employment growth will result from the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed.As the population continues to age, the occurrence of health-related problems will increase. Cancer registrars should experience job growth as the incidence of cancer increases from an aging population.
The median annual wage of health information technicians was $30,610 in May 2008.The middle 50 percent earned between $24,290 and $39,490.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,440, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $50,060.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos103.htm.
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|MATH 1013||Algebraic Concepts|
|PSYC 1010||Basic Psychology|
|ALHS 1011||Structure & Function of the Human Body|
|ALHS 1090||MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences|
|COMP 1000||Introduction to Computers|
|HIMT 1100||Intro to Health Info. Tech|
|HIMT 1250||Health Record Content and Structure|
|HIMT 1150||Computer Apps in Healthcare|
|HIMT 1200||Legal Aspects of Healthcare|
|HIMT 1400||Coding and Classification 1 - ICD Coding|
|HIMT 1410||Coding and Classification 11 - ICD Advanced Coding|
|HIMT 2400||Coding and Classification 111 - CPT/ HCPCS Coding|
|HIMT 2410||Revenue Cycle Management|
|HIMT 2500||Certification Seminar|
|MAST 1120||Human Path Cond in Med Office|
*All program information subject to change without notice.
Program Admission InformationHigh school diploma or GED Required for admission.