In the Health Information Management Associates Degree Program, students receive instruction in health information systems and procedures. Students are trained to analyze and evaluate technical and highly sensitive data in health records according to standards; compile various types of administrative and health statistics for use in planning and evaluating; to code signs, symptoms, diseases, operations, procedures and other therapies; to supervise day to day operations in a health information management department, to release health information, and use a variety of manual and automated health record indices and storage and retrieval systems.
In addition, students receive detailed instruction in medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements for the health care delivery system. This experience includes, but us not limited to, laboratory and clinical experience at local health facilities.
The Health Information Management Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics & Information Management (CAHIIM). Graduates from MTC’s accredited Health Information Management program are eligible to take the national accreditation examination to become Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT).
The medical record coder is a health information specialist trained to assign diagnostic and procedural codes, applying classification systems for optimal reimbursement in a variety of health care settings. The medical record coder will establish a familiarity with other coding and classification systems utilized in non-traditional health care settings as well as reimbursement-related issues and skills including DRG assignment/validation, federal reimbursement systems, operations of third party payers and billing departments.
The general education component of this certificate program will allow the student to develop a background in human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and computer skills.
The professional education component will consist of an introduction to the field of health information management, in-depth instruction on medical record coding, focus on medical pathology and interpretation of medical documentation. Hands-on coding practice will be achieved in lab settings, and when possible, in hospital and other health care facility Health Information Management departments supervised by health information management professionals. Students will be expected to join their professional organization, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), as they begin their first semester.
Successful students will be required to sit for the AHIMA coding certification examination in order to receive credentials as a Certified Coding Associate (CCA). This examination is offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). After successful completion of the program and credentialing examination, graduates are qualified to be employed for the following positions: Inpatient Hospital Coder, Outpatient Hospital Coder; Physician Office Coder; Surgical Center Coder; Home Health Care Coder; Nursing Facility Coder.