Health Information Technician School

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Health Information Technician

Associate of Applied Science

The Advanced Training Health Information Technician (HIT) course from ATA College’s school in El Cajon has been designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in a medical front office, hospital office setting, or medical insurance company. This course builds upon courses in the 8 month Health Information Technician diploma program.

Typical job titles for Health Information Technician entering the field would be: medical secretary, medical insurance biller, and medical receptionist.

The content of the program provides the student with specialized training in industry-current medical administrative procedures.


64 Semester Credit Hours

62 Weeks (15 Months)

Accredited by the COE

This course may lead to a national certification with the National Center for Competency Testing


Curriculum


Business Ethics

This course will focus on ethical issues and scenarios that relate directly to employees and their work environment. Students will develop a clearer sense of how, as a future employee, their corporate code of ethics will relate to operational decisions made on a daily basis. Focus will be placed on organizational ethics, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, role of government, blowing the whistle, and ethics and technology.

Introduction to Psychology

This course provides broad coverage of the field of psychology, introducing the basic concepts, theories, and applications that constitute the discipline. Topics covered include: sensation and perception, sleep and dreams, classical and operant conditioning, foundations of memory, motivation and emotion, nature and nurture, and personality.

Earth Science

This course introduces fundamental scientific concepts in Earth Science. Students will explore a broad spectrum of earth science topics from Earth’s position in the solar system to the delicate ecological systems on Earth’s surface. Topics covered include: the scientific method, motions of earth, earth materials, plate tectonics, earthquakes, weathering, erosion, winds, atmosphere, weather, climate, oceans, and ecology and the environment.

College Math

This course covers basic mathematical topics in college math through everyday applications. The course first reviews fundamental math concepts such as whole numbers, fractions and mixed numbers, and decimals and then applies them to ration, rate, proportion and percent problems. Students will also be introduced to basic algebra concepts including simplifying, factoring, combining, and evaluating algebraic expressions.

Business Computer Applications

This course provides an overview of current software packages used in the business environment. Students will learn to create, edit, print, and save effective documents using word processing software as well as the basics of creating a graphical slide show using presentation software. Instruction will include using software to create and edit spreadsheets with embedded charts and graphs. Real world application projects will test students’ skills in these applications

U.S. History

This course presents a general overview of the history of the United States from pre-colonial times through the Reconstruction Era. It explores the cultural, political, geographical, economical, and technological changes that have shaped the United States as a nation. Through a chronological study of major events, people, and turning points in U.S. history, this course also provides tools for the critical thinking skills needed to interpret historical methods, points of view, and the meanings of events in historical contexts.

Anatomy & Physiology I

This course provides an overview of the human body. It introduces students to the structure, function, and diseases of the human body. It also introduces students to related terminology used in the clinical settings to describe body positions and parts. Students will be introduced to human cellular development and the impact of disease processes of each specific body system.

Anatomy & Physiology II

This course provides an overview of the human body. It introduces students to the structure, function, and diseases of the human body. It also introduces students to related terminology used in the clinical
settings to describe body positions and parts. Students will be introduced to human cellular development and the impact of disease processes of each specific body system.

Medical Terminology

This course introduces the student to medical terminology as it relates to the anatomical structure of the human body. Emphasis is on body system root words, prefixes, suffixes, and introductory terminology. Medical language and accepted medical abbreviations are discussed in detail.

Introduction to Pharmacology

This course introduces students to pharmacology as it relates to a medical office setting. Students gain knowledge of Federal and State drug laws, general drug classifications, drug indications and contraindications, and inventory requirements. Nutrition and its effect on a patient’s health will also be emphasized.

Medical Principles and Foundations

Instruction on the principles and foundations of the medical profession. Instruction includes history of the medical profession, types of medical practices, ethical and medico-legal issues, HIPAA regulations. This course also emphasizes the importance of therapeutic communications that exists between the medical professional and the patient

Introduction to Medical Insurance/Coding

This course provides instruction on how to correctly code diagnostic and professional services rendered by the physician, necessary in billing for reimbursement by insurance companies. Emphasis is on the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM). Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the HCPCS for Medicare claims, as well as electronic coding procedures. The course also includes procedures for the hard copy and electronic completing of the Universal HCFA-1500 insurance form for selected private insurance, HMO, PO, and Medicare.

Patient Communication

This course provides students with an understanding of the proper procedures related to front office responsibilities. Emphasis is on responsibilities related to scheduling appointments and receptionist duties. Students will be instructed in the use of newest medical office communication systems and proper telephone etiquette. Other communication topics will include medical assistant’s responsibilities relating to the proper education and preventive techniques of patients.



Medical Office Administration

This course revolves around various medical office management systems and provides students with knowledge in the proper procedures for recording and maintaining patient charts; proper charting techniques; filing and management systems. Mail management stresses both manual and electronic mail communications. Delivering services and specific handling of billing materials will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to dictation and transcription service, proper techniques for handling general office correspondence, letter writing, and composing routine correspondence.
Electronic Health Records

Keyboarding

This course is designed to provide the student with basic computer keyboarding techniques. Emphasis is on the mastery of the keyboard, which increases speed and maintains accuracy.

Collections & Reimbursement Procedures

This course provides an overview of the accounts receivable follow-up process, including the use of aging reports. The correct procedures for collections, including payment plans and the write-offs of uncollectible balances, are described. Explains the content of shared reports and how they are used to help generate and monitor practice revenue as well as to improve the delivery of health care, including the use of reports in PM/EHR to demonstrate meaningful use. Provides an overview of the content and format of electronic and paper claims, and then illustrates the flow of claims from the PM/EHR to a clearinghouse and on to the payer. Students gain the skills required to create, submit, and monitor insurance claims through the claim adjudication process. Students also learn how to create patient statements and process a check returned for nonsufficient funds.

Introduction to Medical Bookkeeping & HIT

This course explains the improvements to health care that are based on health information technology (HIT). Covers key government initiatives, defines the clinical encounter and the billing cycle, and discusses
the benefits of integrated practice management and electronic health record programs. Additionally, this course explains the roles of professional health care and administrative staff in implementing HIT in
physician practices. Describes how to interpret a remittance advice (RA) from a health plan and to enter and apply insurance payments in a PM/EHR. The process of appealing claims and post payment audits are discussed. Students also learn how to create patient statements and process a check returned for nonsufficient funds.

Electronic Health Records

Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to use a PM/EHR to create appointments, as well as to add provider breaks, create recall lists, and print providers’ schedules. This course covers the skills
needed to use a PM/EHR to check patient balances and create chart numbers and cases. Describes methods used to enter documentation in an EHR, including the use of dictation and transcription, voice recognition software, and templates. Students practice entering progress notes with and without the use of a template. The e-prescribing and electronic order entry features of an EHR are also presented. Introduction to the basics of coding, including ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM, CPT, and E/M, and explains both
paper and electronic encounter forms. The student learns how to use an EHR to record a patient’s history, allergies, medications, vital signs, and chief complaint. Students also practice sending and receiving intraoffice
messages and creating patient reminder letters.

ICD-10-CM Coding

Introduction to the basics of coding, including ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-CM, CPT, and E/M, and explains both paper and electronic encounter forms. Discussion of coding and billing compliance, with a focus on
strategies to avoid common coding and billing problems. Students then review and post charges that have been electronically transmitted and record time-of-service payments. Students practice entering progress notes with and without the use of a template. The e-prescribing and electronic order entry features of an EHR are also presented.

Electronic Health Records II

This course introduces principles of quality assessment and improvement, and utilization, risk, and case management, in healthcare. Topics include Continuous Quality Improvement, and case management processes, data analysis/reporting techniques, credentialing, regulatory quality monitoring requirements, and outcome measures and monitoring. Upon completion, students should be able to abstract, analyze, and report clinical data for facility-wide quality management/performance improvement programs and monitor compliance measures. This course provides a comprehensive discussion of topics common to the health information profession. Emphasis is placed on application of professional competencies, job search tools, and preparation for the certification examination. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in entry-level domains and subdomains for health information technologies.

Medical Coding II

In-depth coverage of ICD-10 coding rubrics, conventions, principles, and updates as they apply to accurate coding of complex cases. Principles of inpatient and outpatient coding are covered in this class. Examine E&M guidelines and HCPCS coding.

Career Development

This course offers an introduction to successful interviewing and resume development techniques. In addition, it provides information on effective networking and seeking out the appropriate job. Instruction is provided on correct workplace habits, professionalism, and maintaining a positive attitude.

Externship for HIT

Students will extern 160 hours in an administrative medical setting under the direct supervision of the facility administrator and general supervision of the School’s program director. Students will receive hands-on application of their recently acquired medical skills and will develop the confidence to secure a career position.

Externship for Coding

Students will work 40 hours in an administrative medical clinic under the direct supervision of a physician or a medical billing and coding specialist.

NCCT Preparation Course (NCICS)

This course is designed to provide health information technicians with advanced knowledge in insurance and medical billing/coding services in physician’s offices and medical specialty practices for health care providers to be paid for services rendered. Healthcare information technicians prepare and submit claims to insurance companies, prepare and send statements to patients. Healthcare information technologist must be knowledgeable and possess skills in the areas of medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, advanced diagnostic and procedural coding, insurance claims processing, and medical billing procedures.

NCCT Preparation Course (NCMOA)

The test preparation course is aligned to the NCCT exam requirements and reviews all core healthcare information technician responsibilities which include medical administrative and front office tasks. The course will consist of medical terminology, medical front office skills, EHR/EMR for the medical office.



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Disclosures

Cost of the Program
$17,990.00 Tuition
$350 Fees

There are no graduation or placement statistics for the Health Information Technician Program, AAS as Advanced Training did not have students enrolled in this program during the reporting period.

Below is a link to the Standard Occupational Classification:
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Medical Assistants

Location

Advanced Training Associates is conveniently located in East County, serving the communities of El Cajon, Santee, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Lakeside, Alpine, Chula Vista, Spring Valley, Mission Valley and San Diego.