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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

September 25, 2001

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, x4521, hbiblehi@mnsfld.edu.

NEW PROGRAM PROPOSAL: AAS Degree in Medical Information Coding

 

 

  1. Rationale for program:

    Medical Information Coders are in great demand in Northern Pennsylvania and nationally. The U.S. Department of Labor website reports that the job prospects for Medical Information Coders is expected to grow much faster (increase of 36% or more) than the average for all occupations through 2008 because of the growth in medical tests, treatments, and procedures.

  2. Program description for the catalog:

    The AAS Degree in Medical Information Coding is a two year degree program offered by Mansfield University's Robert Packer Department of Health Sciences. The program prepares Medical Information Coders to assign codes to medical diagnoses and procedures. These codes determine the amount the hospital or healthcare agency is reimbursed if the patient is covered by Medicare or other insurance programs. Coders also utilize computer applications to analyze patient data for the purposes of improving patient care and controlling healthcare costs.

    Medical Information Coding students begin their first semester of study at Mansfield University. The following three semesters consist of course work and laboratory/hands-on experience at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Medical coders must be able to pay attention to detail because accuracy is essential. Jobs are found in hospitals, nursing homes, medical practice groups, clinics and home health agencies. Coders are also employed by insurance firms. Employment opportunity trends indicate an open job market that will continue into the future.



  3. Program Objectives: At the end of the program, the graduate will:
    1. Apply principles of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and information technology to procedures involved in medical information coding.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of the use and structure of health care data and data sets and how these components relate to primary and secondary record systems.
    3. Demonstrate professional behavior and application of legal and ethical principles as they pertain to medical information coding.
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of the organization, financing and delivery of health care services.
    5. Assign valid diagnostic and/or procedure codes to clinical information using appropriate coding and classification systems and administrative procedures.
    6. Use coded data and health information in reimbursement and payment systems appropriate to all health care setting and managed care.
    7. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record in order to be able to locate information to support or provide specificity for coding.
    8. Function at a level worthy of employment as a medical information coder.

       



  4. Effect proposal has on other programs:

    Students should be able to take General Education courses which are already scheduled. The only exception may be offering a one credit wellness course in Sayre.

     

 

 

 

AAS Degree in Medical Information Coding

Semester One--Mansfield Campus

Fall 2002

ENG

112

Composition I

3 credits

BSC

121

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

***

***

Fine Art

3 credits

COM

101

Oral Communication

3 credits

CIS

103

Introduction to Computers

3 credits

***

***

Freshman Experience

1 credits

TOTAL CREDITS

17 credits

Semester Two--Sayre Campus

Spring 2003

BSC

122

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

CD

100

Fundamentals of Medical Terminology

3 credits

CD

120

Health Information for Coders

3 credits

***

***

General Education

3 credits

***

***

General Education

3 credits

TOTAL CREDITS

16 credits

Semester Three--Sayre Campus

Fall 2003

CD

105

Basic ICD

5 credits

CD

110

Basic CPT

5 credits

CD

215

Medical Insurance and Reimbursement Methods

3 credits

***

***

General Education

3 credits

TOTAL CREDITS

16 credits

Semester Four--Sayre Campus

Spring 2004

CD

205

Advanced ICD

5 credits

CD

210

Advanced CPT

5 credits

CD

220

Pharmacology and Pathophysiology

3 credits

***

***

General Education

3 credits

***

***

Wellness

1 credit

TOTAL CREDITS

17 credits

Wellness in Sayre?

General Education in Sayre?

 

 

 

 

 

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