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Health Information Management - Long Term Care

Health Information: Long Term Care Settings Certificate

The Health Information: Long Term Care (LTC) Settings program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level health information careers in skilled nursing, home health, and hospice facilities.

Responsibilities of a health information long term care specialist may include:

  • Collecting, analyzing, assembling, releasing, coding, and reporting patient information
  • Implementing the patient driven payment model (PDPM) to classify skilled nursing facility patients covered by Medicare and other third-party payers

Program Overview

This program prepares individuals for health information positions in skilled nursing, home health, and hospice facilities. The program includes courses in medical terminology, legal and ethical aspects of long-term care, and medical coding in long term care settings. These courses are the foundation needed to understand the very technical, detailed coding system required in long term care in order to maximize reimbursement and improve patient outcomes.


Employment Outlook

Coders in long term care settings are particularly in high demand due to the recent implementation of a new case-mix classification model for long term care facilities by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This model requires LTC providers to submit codes for diagnoses of patients who interact with these services. Health information professionals will be needed to fill critical roles in facilities that are obligated to adopt this prospective payment system.

Entry-level salaries vary depending on qualifications, prior health-related experience, and type of facility. For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage, and employment trend information.

The AHIMA's Career Map also provides an interactive display of various HIM job titles, roles, and career pathways.


Instructional Modalities

The LTC program may be completed entirely online. All HIM courses required for the program are only offered online. Students may take foundational coursework in various formats (in person, hybrid, or online).


 

Prerequisites




Credits: 0-8
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR appropriate Reading placement test score 0-3
 
HCC130 Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery (3) OR Permission of Program Director 0-3
 
HIM140 Acute Care Documentation and Standards (2) OR Permission of Program Director 0-2

Requirements




Credits: 19
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
BPC110 Computer Usage and Applications 3
HCC146 Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals 2
HIM101 Introduction to Health Information Management 1
 
HIM106 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management (3) OR
HIM106AA Legal Aspects of Health Information Management I (1.5) AND
HIM106AB Legal Aspects of Health Information Management II (1.5) 3
 
HIM182 Human Diseases for Coding in Long Term Care Settings 2
HIM183 Diagnostic Coding in Long Term Care Settings 2
HIM205 Health Information Management Systems in Long Term Care Settings 1
HIM206AA Health Information Management in Alternative Care Settings: Long Term 1

  1. Identify the major structures of the human body and describe characteristics of normal body system function. (BIO160)
  2. Enter and retrieve patient data using paper and computerized health information systems. (BPC110, HIM101, HIM106, HIM205, HIM206AA)
  3. Identify and describe the most frequently used medical terms, laboratory tests, and clinical procedures used in health care. (HCC146)
  4. Describe and apply professionalism and ethical behavior as related to the health information and related professions. (HIM101, HIM183)
  5. Monitor record control within the organization. (HIM101, HIM205)
  6. Maintain manual or automated systems for primary and secondary health information. (HIM101, HIM205)
  7. Apply policies and procedures designed to assure confidentiality of health information. (HIM106)
  8. Release and/or withhold health information following written procedures and federal and state guidelines. (HIM106)
  9. Prepare health information for use in legal proceedings. (HIM106)
  10. Describe common diseases of the human body and their associated treatments. (HIM182)
  11. Code diagnoses for long term care patients following established standards. (HIM183)