MEDR - Health Information Technology

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • This is a lecture- and lab-based course that covers the study of health data structure, content and standards; healthcare information requirements and standards; healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal, and ethical issues; data storage and retrieval; recording committee minutes; and telephone technique.

  • This is a lecture-based online course for those entering a health care profession, and it covers the study of basic concepts and terminology associated with medication structure, function, interaction, and administration. Core concepts in pharmacology are introduced, including terminology, consumer safety and drug regulations, sources and bodily effects of drugs, medication preparation, abbreviations and systems of measurements, responsibilities, and principles of drug administration.

  • A lecture-based course that includes the study of body systems and functions, including the structure, meaning, and use of medical terms related to diseases and operations of the human body. Body systems studied include integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, sensory organs, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, genitourinary, and digestive. Units on psychiatry, psychology and pharmacology (drugs) are also covered. Students also learn how to use research medical information (e.g., such as reputable electronic medical references).

  • This is a lecture- and lab-based online course that covers health data structure, content, and standards as well as healthcare statistics and research.

  • This is a lecture- and lab based online course that includes a study of clinical classification systems (e.g., ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS) and reimbursement methodologies.

  • This is a lecture- and lab-based online course that includes a study of clinical classification systems (e.g., CPT, HCPCS level II) and reimbursement methodologies.

  • A lecture- and lab-based course that includes intermediate and advanced study of the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS (abbreviated as ICD-10-CM/PCS), CPT, and HCPCS level II classification systems. Application-based assignments allow students to demonstrate their mastery of coding conventions, coding principles, and official inpatient and outpatient coding guidelines. Students use inpatient and outpatient (e.g., ambulatory surgery, emergency department, physician office) case studies and patient records to assign codes to diagnosis/procedure statements and generate physician queries.

  • This is a lecture- and lab-based online course that includes a study of information and communication technologies; data, information, and file structures; data storage and retrieval; and data security. Topics also include new trends in the management and processing of health information with an emphasis on the electronic health record (EHR).

  • This is a lecture- and lab-based online course that includes a study of healthcare information requirements and standards, healthcare statistics and research with an emphasis on data quality and integrity; quality management and performance improvement; healthcare delivery systems with an emphasis on external standards, regulations, and initiatives; and healthcare privacy, confidentiality, and legal, and ethical issues.

  • This is a lecture-based online course that includes content new to the health information management (HIM) profession and to which students did not receive instruction in previous course(s). Examples of such content includes, but is not limited to, new and revised coding classification systems, federal and state statutes (laws) and regulations, information technology initiatives, and so on.

  • An online course whose content includes a lecture and lab that includes study of the principles and practice of insurance and reimbursement processing. The course will include the assignment and reporting of codes for diagnoses and procedures/services; completion of CMS-1450 and CMS-1500 claims for inpatient, outpatient, emergency department, and physician office encounters. In addition the course will cover the review of inpatient and outpatient cases to identify issues of fraud and abuse.

  • A professional practical experience (PPE) that includes a combination of online laboratory projects/assignments and the completion of on-site hours in the health information management (HIM) department of a hospital (or other healthcare facility) with adequate facilities to provide varied work opportunities in HIM. Online laboratory HIM projects/assignments are evaluated by college faculty.

  • A professional practical experience (PPE) that includes a combination of online laboratory coding projects/assignments and the completion of on-site hours in the health information department of a hospital (or other healthcare facility) with adequate facilities to provide varied work opportunities in ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT and HCPCS level II coding. Online laboratory coding projects/assignments are evaluated by college faculty.

  • This is a lecture- and lab-based online course that includes a study of health information management (HIM) consulting, cancer registry management, healthcare information requirements and standards in alternate healthcare settings (e.g., behavioral healthcare facilities, correctional facilities, long-term healthcare facilities, etc.), clinical classification systems for alternate health care (e.g., DSM-5, ICD-O-3, SNOMED-CT), alternate healthcare delivery systems, HIM human resources, and HIM financial and resource management.

  • An online elective course for students interested in advanced work in health information management in an area of special interest. Enrollment is limited in order to allow each student the opportunity to pursue his/her area of special interest.