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Health Information Management Option A.S. Degree

Prof. Kari Dupuis teaches a Health Information class

OVERVIEW

This flexible program is designed for students seeking a higher credential toward a first-level management position in a professional field requiring a knowledge of Health Information Management systems. In addition to the knowledge and technical skills required for a successful career in Health Information Management, students also study accounting, computer literacy, economics and oral and written communications to provide them with the broad-base skills needed for a successful career in the growing field of health records management and informatics.

College Catalog

NATIONAL TRENDS

Medical Coding is among the 20 fastest growing occupations with a national anticipated growth of 18.2 % by year 2028. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Health Information Technician ranks 55th on the list of 100 best jobs. (US News and World Report)

Medical Coders average $54,890. in annual salary; 14.9 % over the median salary of all US occupations. (AAPC survey)

On average, HIM professionals earn $46,590. per year. (https://www.herzing.edu)

The annual pay for Health Information Specialists in the US is approximately $61,000. (https://healthinformatics.uic.edu)

uEmployment for technicians in medical records and health information will increase by 27,800 in the 10-year period 2016-2026.  (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

JOB GROWTH & WAGES

On average, HIM professionals earn $46,590. per year. (https://www.herzing.edu)

The annual pay for Health Information Specialists in the US is approximately $61,000. (https://healthinformatics.uic.edu)

Employment for technicians in medical records and health information will increase by 27,800 in the 10-year period 2016-2026.  (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Have a basic understanding of the workplace;
  • Recognize, analyze and calculate financial data to make informed decisions;
  • Possess excellent communication skills in the workplace;
  • Demonstrate ethical and social responsibility as they go to work in the real world;
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the human body;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in use of ICD and CPT coding systems;
  • Demonstrate computer skills;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system, health care reimbursement and health occupations;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of disease process in relationship to the human body, including pharmacology;
  • Describe the functions of health information services;
  • Be eligible to take the CCA and CCS credentialing examinations.
FROM HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

88% of Health Care Facilities surveyed recently had immediate openings in their Health Information Management Departments.

67% of these facilities anticipated openings in their Health Information Departments in the coming year.

78% of Hiring Managers anticipated openings within the next 2-5 years.

77% of Hiring Managers required their Medical Coders to have a credential from either AAPC or AHIMA or to be in the process of obtaining the credential upon hire.

64% of Hiring Managers required Auditors to have a credential upon hire.

14% of Hiring Managers required Release of Information personnel to have HIM education and/or a credential upon hire.

LOCAL EMPLOYERS
  • Baystate Health Systems
  • Berkshire Health Systems
  • Columbia Memorial Hospital
  • Ellis Medicine
  • Holyoke Hospital
  • St. Peter's Health Hospital
  • Saratoga Hospital
  • Veteran's Affair Medical Center; Leeds, MA
  • Stratton VA Medical Center; Albany, NY
 
FROM OUR BERKSHIRE COUNTY PARTNER

We have had a successful partnership with BCC for 8 + years that allowed us to recruit successful coding staff members.  The CAHIIM/AHIMA credential affiliation would be beneficial in the future given our growth in new Revenue Cycle positions; auditors and Chargemaster analysts. Additional feedback as an effort to help BCC:  offering online course work would be helpful to recruit candidates and instructors.

The profession of HIM in the current environment requires individuals with higher learning, credentials and degrees more now than ever before. Many experienced professionals at BHS alone that are moving toward retirement age within the next 3 – 5 years will leave a gap.

 

Judy Jansen
Director of Health Information Management
Berkshire Health Systems