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What is Health Information Management Systems?

Metropolitan Community College's Health Information Management Systems (HIMS) program prepares graduates for a career in Billing & Coding and/or Medical Office Management. HIMS is the practice of managing, acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and paper-based medical information vital to providing quality patient care.

In the HIMS educational program, students will acquire marketable skills and knowledge to:

  • Answer questions and solve problems.
  • Research and/or network to find solutions.
  • ​Communicate healthcare data for reimbursement.
  • Interpret health information for assigning reimbursement codes for payment.
  • ​Evaluate and organize work flow processes in a medical office environment.

Medical billing and coding professionals possess the skills to dissect medical information and extract needed information for reimbursement and data collection.

Medical office professionals possess knowledge of business processes and work flow to ensure quality in a healthcare environment.

IS IT FOR YOU?

Working in the Health Information Management field requires professionals who demonstrate integrity, technical and analytical skills, interpersonal skills, and are detail oriented. HIMS professionals do not give hands-on patient care, but care for patients by ensuring their medical data is accurate and secure. They have an essential role in transforming that data into information to make wide-ranging changes in the provision of health care. 

Graduates of the HIMS program have a vast array of career options across the healthcare continuum in healthcare management and/or billing and coding fields. Additional career opportunities after obtaining on-the-job experience include:

  • Manager
  • ​Independent consultant
  • Independent business owner
  • ​Education
  • Convention speakers

Jobs and Salary expectations

The career field for HIMS is expected to grow over the next few years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An aging population requiring more medical services will generate an increased amount of data. This increase, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of healthcare providers, will lead to a greater need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.
 
According to the statistics from the Department of Labor, employment of health information professionals is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024. For more information on these statistics and median salary, go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website at:  http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm.

Program Faculty

  • Mary Cantwell - HIMS program coordinator; Coding and Billing contact, 531-MCC-3832

  • Carol Widman - Office Management contact, 531-MCC-3016

  • Karen Fowler – instructor,  531-MCC-4704

  • Jan Hess - instructor, 531-MCC-1330

  • Dawn Goodsell - instructor,  531-MCC-2633

Program Descriptions

Metropolitan Community College offers an associate degree with two options in Health Information Management Systems (HIMS).  (see catalog)

  • Coding and Billing - The Billing and Coding associate degree prepares students for entry-level employment as a coding specialist in a healthcare facility. 

  • Medical Office Management - The Medical Office Management associate degree provides the students with the knowledge and skills needed for employment in a medical office environment.

A Certificate of Achievement is available in Medical Office option.  (see catalog)

  • Medical Office Assistant - This certificate of achievement provides the basic knowledge and skills necessary for an entry-level position in a healthcare facility.

Certifications

Upon successful completion of the Coding and Billing associate degree program, students can sit for the certification exam for Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) sponsored by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The preparatory class for taking the test is HIMS 2910.

MCC also offers the Certified Outpatient Coding (COC) certification examination sponsored by the AAPC. As physicians move from private practice to join hospital groups, career opportunities in outpatient facilities are opening for coders. The preparatory class for taking the exam is HIMS 2920.
 
After receiving your CPC certification, there are additional specialized credentials in the coding arena that facilitates career advancement.

Gainful Employment Information

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "Prepares students for Gainful Employment in a recognized occupation." The following are Gainful Employment program(s), meaning they are certificate program(s) that are intended to lead directly to employment. We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

Medical Office Assistant (HIACE) - Certificate of Achievement