Health Information Management


The School of Health Professions offers a BS in Health Information Management as a two-year program on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, KS, as well as a BS in HIM to MBA fast track program and a joint BS HIM/MHSA. Students must complete their first two years of undergraduate prerequisites from KU's Lawrence campus or another qualified accredited institution to become eligible for admission.  Health Information Management (HIM) links health care clinicians with information technology and is the bridge between patients’ health information and health insurers, state and federal government, and other regulating agencies. 

Health Information Management Program website
 

Sample of Related Skills

  • Review medical documentation and accurately assign codes for billing purposes 
     
  • Collect and summarize performance data, identifying opportunities for improvement, and present data 
     
  • Conduct medical chart audits, prepare reports, and report data 
     
  • Collect, evaluate and maintain data concerning medical patient injuries, claims, and worker's compensation 
     
  • Report data and implement changes to policies and procedures as necessary  
     
  • Act as a bridge between patients’ health information and health insurers, state and federal government, and other regulating agencies 
     
  • Serve as an advocate for privacy and confidentiality of health information and plans and offers in-service educational programs for health care personnel  

Popular Career Paths

Management: Involves managing Health Information Management department staff, budget, and overall operations 

Coding: Involves reviewing medical documentation and accurately assigning codes for billing purposes 

Quality Improvement: Includes collecting and summarizing performance data, identifying opportunities for improvement, and presenting data to other administrators 

Compliance: Involves conducting chart audits, preparing reports, and reporting data 

Risk Management: Includes collecting, evaluating and maintaining data concerning patient injuries, claims, and worker's compensation. Reports data and implements changes to policies and procedures as necessary

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Jobs to Consider

Places to Seek Employment

  • Accounting Firms
  • Consulting Firms
  • Corrections Facilities
  • Federal and State Health Care Agencies
  • Healthcare Management Companies (HMOs)
  • Home Health Care Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Information Systems Vendors
  • Insurance Companies
  • Law Firms
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Medical Software Companies
  • Medical Clinics/Group Practices
  • Mental Health Clinics
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Physicians' Offices
  • Public Health Care Agencies
  • Rehabilitation Centers 

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