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Health Information Technology

Joyce D. Shannon, MSHA, RHIA, BS, FACHE
Program Director
 
Healthcare


Note: The Malcolm X College Health Information Technology (HIT) Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)


To Apply to Program:

  • Complete program prerequisite courses.  
  • View Gainful Employment Disclosure in Student Portal [my.ccc.edu] 
  • Submit official college transcripts.  
  • Calculate admissions cumulative GPA.  
  • Apply to Program in Student Portal [my.ccc.edu] 

To Learn More About Program and Admissions: 

   

About

This evolving field combines disciplines of medicine, computer technology, and information management. Working in the HIT field offers meaningful work environment and the opportunity of continuous learning and advancement. Our stackable degree path allows students to apply all credits earned in the Medical Billing-Basic Certificate (BC) program, to the Medical Coding-Advanced Certificate (AC) program. Upon successful completion of the Medical Coding-Advanced Certificate, students can then pursue a degree towards an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology.   

   

Mission Statement   

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program at Malcolm X College, a City College of Chicago, offers an introductory career-focused educational path into the healthcare industry. This program is designed for students who aspire to become healthcare professionals in the Health Information Technology (HIT) career field, this includes professional opportunities for Medical Coders and Billers. The program is designed to prepare students to successfully attain professional coding certifications, such as the Certified Coding Assistant, (CCA), through the American Health Information Management Association and the Certified Coding Professional, Apprentice (CPC-A) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Upon completion of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Associate’s Degree Program, students will be prepared for job opportunities within the healthcare industry.    

   

Health Information Technology (HIT) Careers 

Graduates of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Associate’s Program may consider, but are not limited the following career options:       

  • Medical coder/biller 
  • Revenue cycle specialist 
  • Medical documentation analyst 
  • Health Information Technician 
  • Release of Information 
  • Data Analyst 
  • Patient care coordinator 
  • Insurance claims clerk 
  • Benefits Coordinator 

  

Health Information Technology Outcomes

Medical terminologyAnalyzing and applying the foundations of prefixes, suffixes, root words that comprise the definitions of the anatomical human body, related diagnoses, and medical procedures.      

Classification of diseases coding systems: Examine extensive knowledge base of the International Classification of Diseases ICD-10-CM to accurately apply the guidelines and assignment of diagnostic codes.     

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding: The accurate selection and application of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)/HCPCS II for the assignment of outpatient procedural coding.      

Procedure Coding System (PCS) coding:  The accurate selection and application of the Procedural Coding System (PCS), for the assignment of inpatient procedural coding.      

Health Care Policies and Procedures: Differentiate requirements of the Health Insurance Privacy and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), to determine the documentation requirements of Protected Health Information (PHI). Accurately apply The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA),  guidelines pertaining to The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),       

Various models of healthcare reimbursement: Distinguish between the different healthcare insurance/revenue methodologies including; Managed Care Organizations (MCO), Health Managed Care Organizations (HMO), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), Consumer-Driven Health Plans (CDHP), Private Insurances, Medicare, Medicaid, CHAMPVA, and TRICARE, in applying proper claim guidelines.      

Data analysis of Medical Records: Compile and assess timely data, i.e., demographic, insurance, diagnoses, and other required information to retain in the Electronic Health Record (EHR), UB-04 claim forms, and HIPAA 837P forms, for the processing of claims.      

   

Admission Requirements

Applicants should apply for either Health Information Technology [AAS] or Medical Coding [AC] but not both. All students who complete the course requirements will receive the Advance Certificate in Medical Coding even if the student plans to continue with the Associate in Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology.   

  • Completion of the Malcolm X College Medical Billing [BC]. 
  • Currently enrolled in Malcolm X College Medical Billing program are eligible to apply. 
  • Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended outside of City Colleges of Chicago to the Malcolm X College Office of Registrar Services. 
  • On-campus, in-person interview; in November. 
  • Submit one Letter of Recommendation at the time of interview. 
  • Once accepted to the program and prior to registration; students must complete the following: 
    • Background check 
    • Drug screen 
    • Provide proof of health insurance 
    • Provide current immunization records
  • Students need to have transportation to and from their clinical sites


Submitting Application within Student Portal (my.ccc.edu )

  • Under “My Academic Plan” 
  • Within “Academic Planning” 
  • Click “Selective Application” 
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